Ashaway’s Crandall Calls New Polyketone-Based Tennis Strings, “Manmade Natural Gut”

Ashaway, RI – In a recent column on his company’s website, Ashaway Vice President and frequent stringing commentator Steve Crandall says that newly developed tennis strings made from a polymer material called Polyketone, or PEEK, play more like natural gut than any other synthetic string yet devised. According to Crandall, the key to the gut-like playability of these strings, which are marketed under the brand names Dynamite® and MonoGut® ZX, is their “dynamic stiffness.”

“What makes gut a superstar,” says Crandall, “is its ability to stretch on impact and then rebound quickly without deformation or loss of tension. This quality is called “dynamic stiffness” and means several things: 1) the string absorbs the force of impact, not the racquet or the player’s arm. In other words, gut plays “soft;” 2) it returns that force to the ball very quickly and efficiently, providing more power; 3) because it stretches, it allows the ball more dwell time on the strings. This lets you “pocket” the ball and enhances control; 4) gut maintains tension over the life of the string, enhancing its value.”

On the downside, Crandall added, gut is very expensive and, without protective coatings, is very sensitive to moisture—it sags.

Crandall says dynamic stiffness can be likened to elasticity. He quotes Bruce McIntosh, the inventor of the leading PEEK string material, Zyex®, who defines dynamic stiffness as “the ability of a material to resist stiffening up as it is rapidly stretched and released—become ‘boardy.'” It’s measured in pounds per inch, and in layman’s terms, is a measure of how much a string stretches when it strikes the ball. The more stretch, the more power it returns to the ball and the less impact it has on your arm and elbow. The less it stretches, the more energy is lost in flattening the ball and the less total power is available for rebound.

Dynamic stiffness is measured in pounds per inch, and as in golf, the lower the rating score, the better. Using data supplied by the US Racquet Stringers Association, Crandall shows that Zyex-based Dynamite and MonoGut ZX strings have dynamic stiffness ratings of 145 and 151, respectively, compared to 102 for the top selling natural gut. In contrast, the leading polyester and copolymer strings are much stiffer, with dynamic stiffness ratings generally in the range of 220 and 250 lbs./in.

Says Crandall, “By comparison, the dynamic stiffness of Zyex is the closest to gut of any synthetic string material. That’s why we call it a “manmade polymer equivalent to natural gut.” This means it absorbs and returns impact force more like gut. It controls the ball more like gut, especially in thinner gauge strings, and holds tension as well as, or perhaps even a bit better than gut. Zyex is impervious to moisture and offers excellent abrasion resistance to enhance durability. And, of course, it’s cheaper than either gut or the high-end polyesters.”

All of Steve Crandall’s tennis stringing tips columns, including, “Ashaway’s Zyex®-Based Tennis Strings: the New ‘Manmade Natural Gut,'” can be found at http://www.ashawayusa.com/TennisTips.php

Ashaway Racket Strings are made by Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co., the only U.S. manufacturer of string for squash, tennis, racquetball, and badminton. Operated by the Crandall family since 1824, Ashaway has been making racquet strings since 1949, and is responsible for several important technical innovations. Ashaway is the Official String of USA Racquetball and the Women’s International Squash Players Association. Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co. also makes braided products for medical and industrial applications. For more information visit www.ashawayusa.com

For additional product information, contact:
Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co.
PO Box 549
Ashaway, RI 02804 USA
Tel: (800) 556-7260 (U.S. only) or +1 (401) 377-2221
Fax: +1 (401) 377-9091
Website: http://www.ashawayusa.com
Email: sales@ashawayusa.com

WILSON WOMEN WAGE FIERCE BATTLE AT 2012 US OPEN SINGLES FINAL

CHICAGO (September 9, 2012) – Wilson Racquet Sports (www.wilson.com), the official ball and stringer of the US Open, was omni-present at the women’s singles’ final with WTA no. 4 Serena Williams playing fellow Wilson player and world no. 1, Victoria Azarenka. Williams, fresh from her Olympic gold medal and playing with her Wilson Blade Team, continued her momentum with a hard fought win over Azarenka, playing with her Wilson Juice 100. Winning her 15th career Grand Slam and fourth US Open title, Williams defeated Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Williams, who lost only 19 games in six matches leading into the final, took the first set with a dominating serve and precise groundstrokes. Azarenka broke Williams’ serve twice in the second set to level the score to one set apiece. The 23-year old Belarusian came out strong in the third, breaking Williams’ serve to lead 2-1 before Williams reversed the lead by breaking right back. Williams’ win here caps off a steady string of wins, sweeping Wimbledon and the Olympics.

“It’s incredible to win in front of a home crowd,” said Williams. “I felt their energy the entire match and thank all my fans for their support. Vika didn’t make it easy for me — she played a tough match, but I was able to hold on and achieve what I came here to do.”

This is Williams’ 45th WTA career title and tenth victory over Azarenka in their last 11 meetings, all played with Wilson rackets. Williams has won more major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active player, male or female and is the second woman ever to win a Golden Slam.

“Serena showed incredible focus and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director of Wilson Racquet Sports. “She is incredibly passionate and shows the next generation what it takes to win.”

The Wilson Blade Team flex and pinpoint accuracy make it the racket of choice among top professionals, including Serena and her sister Venus. The larger head size provides more punch, while the lighter weight gives players greater maneuverability for hitting big shots with increased control. The Wilson Juice 100 features Amplifeel™, Wilson’s proprietary handle system, designed to increase power and spin for hard-hitting players.

Wilson won the US Open mixed doubles final with Bruno Soares and Ekaterina Makarova defeating Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski 6-7(8), 6-1,12-10 in a tiebreak. Soares played with his Wilson Six.One 95 and Ekaterina played with her Wilson Tour BLX. Wilson also swept in juniors with Filip Peliwo (Wilson Blade 98) and Samantha Crawford (Wilson Tour BLX) winning the boys and girls finals respectively, and Kyle Edmund (Six.One 95) and Gabby Andrews (Wilson Juice 100) securing victories in the boys and girls doubles finals.

Wilson owns more Grand Slam titles than any other racket brand.

About Wilson: Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. For more information, visit www.wilson.com.

Hit Like Maria with HEAD YouTek IG INSTINCT

Maria Sharapova has a comeback year in 2011. And she did by using the Head YouTek IG INSTINCT.

The slim aerodynamic frame geometry in the racquet frame makes it more maneuverable and allow for faster speeds. The shaft is robust with a stable cross section, with provides maximum stiffness in the area with the highest blending moment.

All of this means use of less energy when hitting the ball, which allows you to go all the way in those long set matches.

There are two types of the instinct. The MP and the S with the s having a 660 cm2 compared to 645 cm2 for the MP. The S is also 30 grams lighter checking in at 270g.

For more information about the HEAD YouTek IG INSTINCT, visit www.head.com/tennis or www.facebook.com/headtennis.

Djokovic’s Choice Of Racquet Is The Perfect Stocking Stuffer For Your Tennis Player

Novak Djokovic really improved his game this year and become the World’s No. 1 Player.

How did he do it you might ask. Practice? Conditioning?

Why play with a new and improved racquet, of course.

Djokovic played 2011 with the second generation HEAD YouTek Speed racquet in his hand. Something that may have helped give him the edge.

“The name is Speed, and the racquet gives me a lot of speed in this aggressive game,” Djokovic said. We have been working hard on the racquet in order to improve it as much as possible.”

HEAD’s YouTek™ concept aims to provide tennis players with the perfect racquets for their individual game. The new YouTek™ IG Speed is specially designed for the needs of players like Novak Djokovic. Innegra™ promises to bring racquet innovation to another level. Extremely tough and light, Innegra™ has the lowest density of any existing fiber and, combined with carbon fiber, forms an ultra-tough hybrid-composite structure. The result: improved stability and increased shock absorption. Racquet vibration from ball impact is reduced by up to 17 percent, yielding unmatched control and precision.

There are five different YouTek 300 racquets out on the market for various types of performance.

YouTek IG Speed MP: The Speed MP is the perfect combination of power and control for heavy hitters with a long fast swing style. It is available in three models, accommodating a wide range of players. You’ll never want to put this racquet down!

– YouTek IG Speed MP 18/20 ($199.95): The MP 18/20 is Novak Djokovic’s Weapon of Choice

– YouTek IG Speed MP 16/19 ($199.95): The MP 16/19 has a more open string pattern and a slightly longer length for added reach.

– YouTek IG Speed 300 ($199.95): The MP 300 is a slightly more powerful version with added maneuverability

YouTek IG Speed Elite ($189.95): A Tour Light version providing complete tour performance with greater maneuverability. The slightly wider beam gives it even more power.

YouTek IG Speed Lite ($189.95): This is the lightest racquet in the Speed series. A great tweener providing the perfect combination of power, manoeuvrability, control and feel. It’s the excellent tour racquet for players with a moderate swing style.

The racquets are available at all major retail locations. Pick one up for your tennis pro.

For more information visit www.head.com/tennis.

McHale and Falcone Will Fare Better Than Oudin

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The Cinderella stories are over for the two young American girls who made so much noise two days ago.

Both Christina McHale and Irina Falconi lost their matches today – McHale to Maria Kirilenko, 2-6 3-6 and Falconi to Sabine Lisicki 0-6 1-6 – but there first few matches give hope for the future of American tennis.

“I had two really good wins my first two matches,” said McHale after her match today.  “This one, it’s disappointing.  But, yeah, I think I just kind of have to take the positives from it and keep working hard and, yeah, keep going.”

Added Falconi: “I am just going to take this week and the next week as a huge stage on my career, hopefully what can translate into a follow-up fall season. Next week I go to Quebec City for a tour event and hopefully do some damage there as well. There is nothing but positives to take out of this week.”

Both girls showed their inexperience today. Neither of them was attacking the ball like they did on Wednesday and even admitted to playing tentative.

“I was too passive today,” McHale said.  “I think the other day I took my chances when I had them.  But [Kirilenko] was playing well, too, so it made it difficult today.”

And then there were the bright lights of Ashe, where she admitted she was a little nervous playing under the lights in front of the sold out crowd.

“I think it didn’t really help me, my nerves, tonight,” McHale added.  “I never really felt as comfortable as I wanted to feel on the court.”

Yet, it will be interesting to see how both girls handle their first success of the Open.  Melanie Oudin melted under the pressure after her run two years ago and hasn’t made any noise since.

But Oudin could be considered a special situation. Both McHale and Falconi didn’t get the celebrity treatment like Ouidin did and the press didn’t start look into their personal lives.

Plus Oudin seemed to enjoy the celebrity spotlight, whereas both of these girls seems to care more about winning than stardom.

So it will be interesting to see how both do in the fall and then at the Australian Open come 2012. But it also important to remember they are both very young with McHale only 19 while Falconi can get a drink in bar…well barely. And it will take time for both players, so don’t get excited if one or both makes a quarterfinals and expect to see the second coming on Chris Everett.

Rather this is more like the baseball minor leagues where the two girls are honing their skills. Some success here will help them, but until they learn to be winning at a consistent level in high profile tournaments, they will remain prospects.

But all prospects have upside and this past week we may have just seen the future.

Prince Extends Partnership with World’s No. 2 and Top-Ranked Russian Tennis Player Vera Zvonareva

January 26, 2011 – Bordentown, NJ – Prince, global tennis equipment leader and master of the physics and design of tennis weaponry, is proud to officially announce the extended equipment partnership with the current No. 2 ranked woman in the world, and top-ranked Russian player, Vera Zvonareva.

Zvonareva made the switch to her current weapon of choice, the Prince EXO3 Black, early last year and subsequently enjoyed the best year of her career. After picking up the racquet, she went on to reach her first-ever Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon and US Open) and shot up the rankings from No.7 to No. 2 – a career high.

As Zvonareva heads into the semifinals of her third straight Grand Slam quarterfinal this week at the Australian Open, she is well aware that EXO3 technology has played an integral role in her improved play.

“I picked up the EXO3 Black early last year and immediately knew it was something special. Hi-speed video shows that pros frequently hit the ball out of the direct center of the string bed, as do players at other levels. The sport at our level is played at such a fast pace and along the smallest margins and with less reaction time that it is unavoidable,” said Zvonareva. “For me, EXO3 technology allows me to do more with every ball, even those that I hit on the run or at full stretch – and those few shots can often be the difference between winning and losing. I have a lot more wins since picking up this technology.”

What is EXO3 Racquet Technology?

EXO3 is a high-tech, patented racquet design, which utilizes large holes and String Suspension Inserts to deliver a superior, effective hitting area compared to competitor racquets with the same head size. The strings in an EXO3 racquet are completely liberated
from restrictive, response-strangling grommets, allowing the strings to respond more freely – even at the outer edges of the string plane for balls hit off-center. This technology delivers a larger, more consistent hitting area – at ANY head size – giving players at all levels the advantage of hitting better shots, more often because even balls hit off center feel and respond more as though they were hit in the center of the string bed.

PHILIPP KOHLSCHREIBER ENDORSES WILSON APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR

[CHICAGO] – Wilson Racquet Sports is proud to announce that Philipp Kohlschreiber, in addition to his long standing racket contract with the brand, will be a “head-to-toe” player and will debut their 2011 apparel & footwear line starting in January.

Since joining the tour in 2001, Philipp has been a consistent force on the ATP Tour, earning 8 singles and doubles titles as well as 4 Tour finals. He has also advanced to the fourth round in 3 Grand Slam Tournaments and is currently ranked #32 on the ATP Tour.

“Wilson is the brand I trust with my equipment and has helped me throughout my career. I’m excited about their renewed focus on apparel and footwear and that I am able to be a part of the new program,” Philipp said.

Philipp will be working closely with the Apparel and Footwear Team at Wilson, providing input into the creation and development of new products.  The Wilson apparel and soft goods line features premium technical fabrics and the latest technologies, which focus on fit and function.   Philipp will wear the newest collections throughout the season and will debut all of the latest footwear styles along with it.

“We are extremely excited to have Philipp as part of our team,” said Claire Ortiz, Global Business Director for Footwear & Apparel. “We are looking forward to working closely with him on our product initiatives as we work toward creating the highest level of core and elite performance footwear and apparel product.”

Visit www.wilsontennis.com to find a dealer near you!

Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. Wilson’s core sport categories include: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis). For more information, visit www.wilson.com.

Annual Babolat Sales Awards Recognize Top Retailers and Sales Reps: Michael Lynne Honored as Retailer of the Year

Boulder, Colorado – September 23, 2010 Babolat, leading manufacturer of tennis equipment, congratulates this year’s Babolat Sales Awards winners. Recognizing outstanding achievements, the Babolat Sales Awards are presented annually to retail partners and company representatives.

Retailer of the Year: Michael Lynne’s Tennis Shop

What started out as a hobby for Michael Lynne—stringing tennis racquets for friends—has evolved into a highly successful, 5,500-square-foot specialty tennis store. Known for exceptional service and technical expertise, Michael Lynne’s Tennis Shop has been serving the tennis community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for 20 years. Not only have founders Michael and Mimzy Lynne created a very loyal customer base, but they’ve also developed programs to support the youth of their community with free tennis lessons and equipment. “It’s an honor to receive this award,” says Michael Lynne. “We just renewed our lease for another 15 years so we look forward to a long lasting relationship with Babolat.”

Mickey Maule, national sales manager for Babolat USA has worked with Michael Lynne for over a decade and says, “Michael has one of the nicest merchandised shops in the country along with first class service. Support of Babolat in all categories and the drive to find ways to increase business and stay ahead of the curve are the reasons Michael Lynne’s Tennis Shop is Babolat’s 2010 Retailer of the Year.”

Sales Representative of the Year: Rick Walsh

What does it take to be the Babolat Sales Representative of the Year? According to Maule it’s service, service, service. Babolat sales representative Rick Walsh provides just that in covering the Missouri Valley Territory. “Service is the key to his success. Rick is always available and his follow up skills are second to none,” says Maule. “Rick has done an outstanding job in growing the business and representing the brand in his market.”

“Tennis Runs in Our Blood”: Tennis Warehouse

New for 2010, the “Tennis Runs in Our Blood” award is given to the individual or business that stands out in promoting, supporting and elevating the Babolat brand in an unparalleled and passionate way. Maule explains, “Tennis Warehouse is a great partner for Babolat and consistently goes the extra mile to promote our products with credible reviews and the latest, most up-to-date information on the web.”

Congratulations to all of the Babolat Sales Award recipients!

ABOUT BABOLAT

Founded in Lyon, France, in 1875, Babolat is the first company to have specialized in racquet sports and the world leader in the production of natural gut strings. Easily recognized by its trademark “double-line” (two stripes on the racquet frame and black on the stringing bed), Babolat is still family-owned. Today, with U.S. operations in Boulder, Colorado, the company also manufactures synthetic strings, shoes, accessories and a best-selling line of racquets. Babolat equips 20% of the top 100 players in the ATP and WTA including Rafael Nadal (SPAIN, #1! ATP), Andy Roddick (USA, #10 ATP), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRANCE, #12 ATP), Caroline Wozniacki (DENMARK, #2 WTA), Kim Clijsters (BELGIUM, #5 WTA), Francesca Schiavone (ITALY, #8 WTA) and Samantha Stosur (AUSTRALIA, #7 WTA). To find out where Babolat products are sold, log on to www.babolat.com or call  (877) 316-9435. Follow us on Facebook.com/babolat or Twitter.com/babolat.

Prince Tennis Celebrates 40 Years

August 5, 2010, Bordentown, NJ – Today marks the official fortieth anniversary of a true sporting goods brand and one of the most recognized, trusted names in tennis, Prince.  In 1970, working in his Princeton, New Jersey, garage, inventor and entrepreneur Bob McClure reversed the motor on a household vacuum cleaner to produce the first commercially viable tennis ball machine.   He called the machine the “Little Prince” and a true tennis brand was born.  Today, forty years on, the company operates worldwide and celebrates a prolific history of providing some of the most important game-changing equipment advances to help all players play better, while supporting some of the most exciting athletes and grassroots programs.

Prince hit the world scene in the mid-1970’s when legendary engineer, Howard Head (who also invented the first metal alpine ski), using McClure’s ball machine to work on his tennis game, realized he could develop a racquet that would help him significantly raise his level of play and hit better shots, more often.  Head patented the first “Oversize” tennis racquet in 1976 with a 110 square inch head, called it “The Prince,” and in doing so, ushered in a major tennis ‘boom’ by making tennis easier to play and more fun for millions of people.   Head later bought the company from McClure, leveraged his innovative tennis racquet and grew the brand exponentially with a strong focus on performance tennis racquets – a focus that remains today.

“I remember when I first saw that new racquet in the mid to late seventies, I thought, what in the world is that?  It looked completely different to the small, heavy wooden frames of the day, but it was helping all of these people play better tennis,” said legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, Founder and President of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida and long-time Prince supporter.  “I remember young kids traveling all around in cars and vans to let players at private clubs, public courts, tournaments – wherever there was a tennis player – test out these new frames.  And boy did it catch on!  Pretty soon, you could not throw a stone near a tennis court without hitting someone using a Prince racquet.  Our academy is proud to be affiliated with Prince products and we look forward to forty more years of their moving the game forward.”

Not only did recreational players take notice, but the world’s most elite players began to adopt the brand and its technology.  From its first brand ambassadors like Pam Shriver, Gene Mayer, Jimmy Arias and Pat Cash, to later superstars like, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Gabriela Sabatini, Michael Chang, Monica Seles, Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati, and Patrick Rafter, to today’s athletes like Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey, David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Mike and Bob Bryan, Prince has continued to be the brand of choice for the game’s most discerning athletes.

“I was one of the first players to play with Prince on tour,” said Pam Shriver, former top-ranked touring pro and current ESPN tennis analyst.  “We were sort of this group of pioneers, but as soon as other players saw what we could do with the ball, how the racquets were helping our game, and the quality of the products being produced, they were not far behind.  As a sixteen-year-old, I reached the finals of the 1978 U.S. Open after switching to a Prince racquet and without question it helped bring the brand into the tennis mainstream.  Soon, it was as if there were “P” stencils everywhere.  Prince is a truly authentic tennis brand – one that is actually much younger than all of its competitors – which makes the contributions it has made to this sport, in what is essentially a short period of time, even more impressive.”

Andre Agassi, wrote about his love for his Prince Graphite racquet and his hesitation in having to switch to another racquet brand in his autobiography Open.  More recently, an American newcomer, John Isner captured the public’s attention after using his Prince racquets to win the epic marathon match at this year’s Wimbledon and Mike while Bob Bryan just set the all-time ATP doubles titles record at sixty-two wielding Prince frames.  The brand continues to touch the lives of players worldwide.

Prince is the only major U.S.-owned and headquartered tennis manufacturer located just south of Princeton, New Jersey – approximately thirty miles from the site of Bob McClure’s garage.  Today, the company is again privately owned, having at one time been part of both the Benetton Group of Companies as well as Chesebrough-Ponds, Inc.  It has offices in England, Taiwan, France and China, maintains its industry-leading research and development facility outside Venice, Italy, and has distributor presence in more than 100 countries.

“At the end of the day, we strive to continue the mission set forth by Mr. McClure and Mr. Head – to help all player types, whether recreational or those competing at the game’s highest levels, hit more great shots, more often,” said Zach Perles, Vice President of Global Communications at Prince Sports, Inc. “We will continue to bring to market best-in-class products that help raise people’s level of play and support them with meaningful grassroots programs and industry partnerships designed to grow the game overall.  We are an integral part of the fabric of this sport, proud of our past products, programs and players, but even more energized about our plans for the future. ”

Continual Innovation:
Game-changing innovation did not stop with the invention of Howard Head’s first “Oversize” racquet.  Through the years, Prince has brought to market multiple revolutionary equipment products including inventing the first “longbody” racquet, introducing the Prince Original Graphite, offering the first “Natural Foot Shape” tennis shoe, and creating the first “multifilament” string.

Most recently, in 2005, the company debuted another revolutionary breakthrough in product design with the introduction of O-Technology in racquets.  Eliminating restrictive grommet holes in the frame, this engineering feat used large holes and suspended the string bed facilitating more string movement for an enhanced sweet spot.  Maria Sharapova won her U.S. Open (and subsequently her first Australian Open) using this new technology, and today there are nearly 100 players on tour who have switched to this racquet design innovation.

“We are extremely proud of the work being done in our R&D innovation center and what it means for current and future generations of tennis players,” said Roberto Gazzara, Vice President of Research and Development for Prince Sports, Inc.  “The facilities here in Italy are developing breakthrough enhancements to products in all categories, every day.   I truly believe we have the best team in the industry and will remain at the forefront of impactful, visible, proven developments designed to raise level of play and move the game forward.”

In fact, O-Technology was so well-regarded by the sporting goods industry that Prince was approached to license and export the design to other top sporting goods brands such as Reebok, Grays and Hoyt for products such as baseball bats, archery equipment and lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey sticks.  This new technology is now not only being played by athletes on tennis’ biggest Grand Slam stages, but in the Olympics, Stanley Cup Playoffs and College World Series as well.

The Future:
The next generation of top players choosing Prince looks equally strong.  Today, in the United States, the company boasts nineteen junior players who are in the top fifteen in the nation in their respective age group, with five of these players in the top five.  In Europe, one of the most important tennis markets in the world, the Company boasts forty #1 ranked boys their respective country (age group 12 to 18 years old) and thirty-eight #1 ranked girls in their country (age group 12 to 18 years old).

Additionally, the #1 ranked ITF junior boy in the world today, also chooses to play with Prince.

“The history this company has and the players who have played Prince before me are awesome and I am proud to be part of Prince’s history and future,” said 17-year-old Australian Jason Kubler, who is the current #1 ITF ranked junior boy in the world.  “We are all a small part of the tradition and history of this brand and it really feels like being part of a team.  I know the team at Prince knows how to produce champions and create products that help players raise their level of play and that is a good feeling to have as a young player.”

Milestones:
1970 – Bob McClure invents the first commercially viable ball machine by reversing the motor on a vacuum cleaner.  The “Little Prince” is introduced and Prince Sports, Inc. is formed.
1976 –Howard Head engineers and patents the first “Prince” racquet – an “Oversize” frame at 110 square inches designed to deliver the largest sweet spot. It revolutionizes the game.
1977 – Prince introduces the original Graphite, which becomes the first “top players” racquet and the standard by which all others are compared.
1978 – Prince invents the first multi-filament tennis string, which becomes an industry top seller that same year.
1985 – Seeing the need to go beyond the all-purpose shoe, Prince introduces the TPU-4000, a lightweight and durable shoe made specifically for tennis players.
1995 – Prince is the first company to introduce ‘Longbody’ technology, which launches Michael Chang to #2 in the world.  His frame becomes the best-selling racquet in tennis.
2005 – Prince re-invents racquet design with introduction of O-Technology, which transforms traditional grommets into large holes.  The technology platform is soon exported to brands in other sports. Maria Sharapova wins the 2006 U.S. Open with the Prince O3 White (which features O-technology).  The racquet becomes the best selling model in the United States.
2009 – Building off the O-Tech platform, Prince introduces EXO3 racquet technology, which suspends the string bed for ultimate string movement resulting in a larger sweet spot.  The technology is played at the games highest levels.

Athlete Representatives:
Prince has continually attracted the games most discerning players throughout its forty-year history.  Some of those names have included:

–        Pam Shriver
–        Gene Mayer
–        Ion Tiriac
–        Pat Cash
–        Andre Agassi
–        Monica Seles
–        Gabriela Sabatini
–        Michael Chang
–        Martina Navratilova
–         Stan Smith
–         John Newcombe
–        Jimmy Connors
–        Jennifer Capriati
–        Patrick Rafter
–        Jana Novotna
–        Maria Sharapova
–        Gael Monfils
–        John Isner
–         Shahar Peer
–         David Ferrer
–         Daniela Hantuchova
–         Jelena Jankovic
–         Juan Carlos Ferrero
–        Nikolay Davydenko
–        Sam Querrey
–        Marion Bartoli
–         Vera Zvonareva
–        Mike & Bob Bryan

The full 2010 product line, current athlete roster, retail locations and other multimedia offerings can be found at www.princetennis.com.  The company also brings players, coaches and fans together on its official Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/official.prince.tennis.

About Prince Sports, Inc.
Prince Sports, Inc, based in New Jersey, is a company of racquet sports enthusiasts whose goal is to create cutting edge, functional and technically advanced products that deliver performance benefits for avid players. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes Prince (tennis, squash and badminton), Ektelon (racquetball) and Viking (platform/paddle tennis).  The Company has a history of innovation including inventing the first “oversize” and “longbody” racquets, the first “Natural Foot Shape” tennis shoe, the first “multifilament” string and, of course, the first electronic ball machine. Today, Prince markets leading technologies in racquets (EXO3), string (Premier LT), footwear (LightSpeed) and apparel (Aerotech).  It has operations on three continents with distribution in more than 100 countries. For more information on players, products or programs please visit www.princesports.com.

Defending Champion Serena Williams Captures 4th Wimbledon Title and 13th Grand Slam

[CHICAGO] – Serena Williams made her presence known as she defended her Wimbledon title to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during the final match on Saturday.

The match was all about Serena’s well known power game as she defeated Zvonareva in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. “It feels incredible to defend my title here at Wimbledon,” Serena said after her victory. “Vera is such a great competitor but I knew that if I stuck to my game, I had a good chance of winning.”

With her [K] Blade Team racket, the 13 time Grand Slam champion held strong throughout the entire tournament and did not drop a set over two weeks at the All England Club. Serena knows that her powerful serve gives her an advantage on any opponent and hit 9 aces Saturday, taking her tournament total to a Wimbledon record- 89.

This title gives Serena her 4th Wimbledon in the span of eight years and her 13th Grand Slam overall. She is back at world No.1 and certain to stay at the top, where she has reigned for 110 weeks altogether. Serena currently stands as world No.1 at both singles and doubles, only the sixth woman in history to do so.

With this 13th title, Serena surpasses Billie Jean King’s 12 Grand Slam title record, and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are Williams’ next goal, with 18 majors each. “Honestly, I’m just doing what I can and working hard,” Williams said. “These great champions give me the motivation to reach my goals.”

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