William A. Larned invented the metal tennis racket in 1922 but the wooden racket was invented the year 1500.
The first modern tennis racket was designed by William Larned in 1922. The original wooden racket was thought to have been introduced somewhere around 1500.
The last player to win a grand slam tennis tournament using a wooden framed racket is David Engle in 1992. While many competitors starting using some type of metal racket David refused to change rackets and stuck with his now famous wooden racket. Because of his unique style of play and because of his racket many people called him woody (and to his lady friends woodcock). After the U.S open of '92 David virtually disappeared from the tennis world. After doing a bit more research on David I found out that he recently founded an organization that helps kids and family. While this is his full time job now I was able to contact him and learned that he still regularly plays tennis. In fact he told me that if you emailed him he might even come and play with you.
A table tennis racket comprises of both the blade and the rubbers which are attached to it. The blade is the wooden piece which includes the handle and the area where the rubbers are attached.
It depends how far back you actually want to go. The oldest form of racket would be the human hand used by monks in c.1000 for primitive racket games. However, the wooden racket was the tool predominantly used for modernised forms of the game from around the early 16th century to the mid 20th century. The standard wooden racket, which Major Walter Wingfield introduced along with the rules of lawn tennis, had a longer handle and shorter, rounder head than the modern racket, measuring on average 65 square inches around the head and 27 inches in length.
The rules of table tennis state that at least 85% of the blade by thickness must be of natural wood. Most blades are 100% wood. A racket is made up of a wooden blade, which incorporates the handle, and rubbers which are affixed to each side of the blade.
Type your answer here... Yes they can all wooden bats are legal !