ITF launches iPhone App for Davis Cup

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today launched an iPhone App for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, bringing the excitement and drama of the largest annual international team competition in sport to the mobile devices of tennis fans around the world.

The iPhone App provides fans with live scores, schedules, results, news, photos, rankings, event information, and player and team profiles, and is available for free download on the App Store. Other smartphone users can access a mobile optimised version of the website, equipped with the same features, while an Android App will be available later in the year.

The iPhone App is part of a wider digital offering that provides comprehensive online coverage of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, including live scores, reports and videos on DavisCup.com, live streaming on DavisCup.tv, and social media conversations on Facebook and Twitter. The launch of the Davis Cup App follows the success of the ITF’s Olympic Tennis App, which had over 67,000 downloads during the recent event at Wimbledon.

“With iPhones and other mobile devices becoming an increasingly popular choice when accessing the Davis Cup website, we are pleased to be able to provide a dedicated smartphone App for iPhone users to enhance their experience of following Davis Cup by BNP Paribas,” said Mat Pemble, ITF Information & Communications Technology Manager.

“With instant updates of live scores, news and results, we hope this dedicated mobile App will provide fast and easy to access information for tennis fans all around the world, bringing to life the excitement of Davis Cup wherever they may be.”

The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals and play-offs are taking place this week (14-16 September). The semifinal ties see Spain host USA in Gijon, and Argentina meet Czech Republic in Buenos Aires.

Download the Davis Cup iPhone App on the App Store.

A New Look for Rafa’s Weapon

Boulder, Colorado – January 19, 2010 – Babolat, leading manufacturer of tennis racquets, announces the launch of the new generation of Aero racquets enhanced with Graphite Tungsten (GT) technology. The graphite and tungsten combination improves the racquet’s construction without altering the Aero’s key benefits—spin, power and speed—and reduces torque to give the Aero range maximum stability during ball impact.

Originally designed for champion Rafael Nadal’s (#2 ATP) game, the Babolat Aeropro Drive has quickly become one of the hottest selling racquets in the U.S. and one of Babolat’s best sellers worldwide. The racquet generates a faster swing, more topspin and a great balance of power and control, well suited for Nadal’s game. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (#10 ATP) has recently been won over by the Aeropro Drive model: he will have his first Grand Slam rallies as a part of Team Babolat at the Australian Open (January 18-24), new Aeropro Drive in hand!

RACQUETS DESIGNED “WITH AND FOR CHAMPIONS”
At Babolat, competition remains the best laboratory for testing the products of tomorrow. Over the years, numerous racquets have become weapons for an entire generation of champions. The Aero line is the result of Babolat’s desire to be an “engine” of the game.

The Aeropro Drive is the weapon of choice for Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki (#4 WTA), while the Aero Storm is Dinara Safina’s (#2 WTA). Each model in the Aero line is born from the performances of competition players and evolves from their influence, from their advice and from their demands of the game. In order to respond to the expectations of these target players with wide-ranging games, the Aero line offers several racquet models: for each player, his/her own “weapon” (Aeropro Team, Aeropro Lite, etc.)!

A CONCENTRATION OF POWER AND DESIGN
The Aero range integrates not one, but several technologies. GT technology, a hybrid material combining braided carbon and tungsten filaments, reduces torque at impact: hits are therefore more powerful, but also more precise. Next, the Cortex System technology, situated between the handle and the string bed, filters vibrations that interfere with ball feel. The unique Aero frame simulates the aerodynamics of an airplane wing to minimize drag through the air for a faster swing and increased hitting power.

The Aero range design will not disappoint Babolat fans. Surprising, innovative, polished and asymmetrical, the design of the new Aero racquets fully reflects the technology of the products and the spirit of the Babolat brand. The 2010 Aero line also has an all-new look, still keeping the emblematic black and yellow colors.

ABOUT GT TECHNOLOGY: PERFORMANCE BOOSTER
A customized performance booster, GT technology combines braided carbon fibers and tungsten filaments which are integrated throughout the entire racquet. This improves the racquet’s overall construction and strengthens the frame to reduce torque for more precision. Adding tungsten also provides 10% additional energy recovery for even more power. This is all done without altering the racquet’s feel. GT technology can be found in all new Aero models.

The 2010 Aero racquet range –
Available in tennis pro and specialty stores February 16th 2010

Aeropro Drive and Aeropro Drive
For the baseline heavy hitter looking for power and spin
Racquet of choice for Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfreid Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki
String pattern: 16 x 19
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight: 10.6 oz. (unstrung)
Balance point: 7 pts. HL
Stiffness: 72 ra
Length: 27 in.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $189.00

Aeropro Team
For baseline players with heavy lift game looking for more maneuverability with power and spin
String pattern: 16 x 19
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight: 9.9 oz. (unstrung)
Balance point: 4 pts. HL
Stiffness: 72 ra
Length: 27 in.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $185.00

Aeropro Lite
For ladies and high-level juniors looking for an extremely lightweight racquet with spin
String pattern: 16 x 19
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight: 9.2 oz. (unstrung)
Balance point: 1 pt. HL
Stiffness: 73 ra
Length: 27 in.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $179.00

Aero Storm
For well-rounded players with a full swing looking for control
Racquet of choice for Dinara Safina
String pattern: 16 x 20
Head size: 98 sq. in.
Weight: 10.6 oz. (unstrung)
Balance point: 7 pts. HL
Stiffness: 72 ra
Length: 27 in.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $185.00

Aero Storm Tour
For well-rounded players with a full swing looking for extra control
String pattern: 16 x 20Head size: 98 sq. in.
Weight: 11.3 oz. (unstrung)
Balance point: 10 pts. HL
Stiffness: 72 ra
Length: 27 in.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $185.00

Aeropro Drive Junior

For junior competitors ages 9-12
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight: 8.6 oz.
Stiffness: 67 ra
Length: 26 in.
Suggested retail price (strung): $104.00

Nadal Junior
For children ages 4-13
Suggested retail price (strung) starting at: $24.95
5 models for 5 child sizes/heights: 19, 21, 23, 25, and 26 in.

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, #2 ATP), Andy Roddick (USA, #7 ATP) and Dinara Safina (RUSSIA, #2 WTA). To find out where Babolat products are sold, log on to www.babolat.com or call  (877) 316-9435.
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Golfsmith Signs Lease for Greater LA’s Largest-Ever Golf and Tennis Store

IRVINE, CA, June 9, 2009 — Fore!  Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOLF) announced today that it has signed a lease for a new 40,000-square foot playground for golfers and tennis players in Orange County that will open in November 2009.  The new Golfsmith Xtreme, located at 16181 Lake Forest Drive just south of The Spectrum and the I-5 and I-405 split, will be the third in the state of California and the largest store of its kind in the greater Los Angeles area.  The store will provide golfers and tennis players of all skill levels a fun, interactive environment to try out the best brands at the lowest prices in Los Angeles.

“Golfsmith continues to expand its superstore format into new markets, and we are excited about Los Angeles because it is one of the strongest year-round golf markets in the country,” said Martin Hanaka, president and chief executive officer of Golfsmith.  “We are committed to growing the game in California, and despite the economic downturn, we are financially sound and growing our retail footprint where appropriate.  This new store will be the best store we’ve ever opened.”

In addition to carrying the best brands in both golf and tennis, the new Golfsmith Xtreme store will feature a huge indoor driving range with state-of-the-art launch monitors, a large putting green, an indoor hitting area for tennis, and private custom club-fitting studios.

About Golfsmith

Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOLF), is a 42-year-old specialty retailer of golf and tennis equipment, apparel and accessories. The company operates as an integrated multi-channel retailer, offering its guests the convenience of shopping in more than 70 stores across the United States, through its Internet site and from its assortment of catalogs. Golfsmith offers an extensive product selection that features premier branded merchandise, as well as its proprietary products, clubmaking components and pre-owned clubs.