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.

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 Introduces New Lightspeed Footwear Series to Tennis Players

January 21, 2010Bordentown, NJ, – Prince, a global leader in performance tennis equipment, announces the arrival of Lightspeed footwear for competitive players.  Designed to be lower, lighter and faster, Lightspeed models feature sleek silhouettes on a low-profile platform that keeps a player’s center of gravity low for enhanced balance, agility and responsiveness on the court.  The new shoes, which hit shelves globally beginning in February, debuted Monday at the 2010 Australian Open on the feet of Marcel Granollers, who raced around the court in the new shoes during his five-set, first round upset of No. 8 seed Robin Soderling.

“What a great way to introduce these shoes,” said Steve Davis, VP or Product Development at Prince.  “To have the first player ever to lace these up in a Grand Slam go out and move the way he did and pull off that upset is not a bad start.”

In addition to Granollers, there are seven other men and two women in the 2010 Australian Open main draws who have already converted to Lightspeed.  On the men’s side, in addition to Granollers, fans will see Albert Montanes, Santiago Ventura, Rik DeVoest, Julien Rojer, Martin Damm, Filip Polasek and Johan Brunstrom wearing the Rebel LS.  On the women’s side, Kveta Peschke and Yvonne Meusburger will be sporting the new Poise LS.

“We broke away from the mold of conventional tennis shoe design to give players a lightweight, ultra-responsive match-day shoe,” said Jerome Jackson, Global Product Manager for Footwear at Prince. “We are excited to make Lightspeed footwear available to competitive players around the world.”

A key feature in Lightspeed is its Propulsion Plate – a lightweight chassis built to transfer energy fluidly from the heel to the forefoot, resulting in quicker reaction time, better acceleration, and a sense of being ‘on the balls of your feet’.  In addition, each shoe features an ultra-low profile midsole, giving players a much lower platform for better stability as well as Prince’s Shock Eraser Pro heel insert to deliver maximum impact protection.

Lightspeed will be available in two models – the Rebel LS for men and the Poise LS for women.  Both models will hit shelves in the United States on February 15, 2010.  The Rebel LS will be available in three colorways including Yellow/Black/Silver to ‘hook up’ with the popular EXO3 Rebel 95 racquet, Black/White/Green to ‘hook up’ with the EXO3 Graphite racquet, and White/Navy/Silver for a more traditional colorway.  The Poise LS will be available in White/Silver/Neon and features the same technology platform as the men’s Rebel LS but has a distinct upper design built specifically to appeal to female players.

Lightspeed replaces the O-Series as the new flagship model in Prince’s ‘All-Court’ series -one of the three segments in the Company’s footwear line along with ‘Grinder’ and ‘Traditionalist’.  Models in the ‘All-Court’ series are designed for the all-around player interested in lightweight performance footwear that fits like a glove.

The ‘Grinder’ series, which includes the popular T22 model, is defined by durable, tough footwear capable of holding up to the rigors of extreme lateral stops and starts.

‘Traditionalist’ models are built for players seeing classic looking models with an emphasis on comfort and fit.  Prince’s classic Quiktrac & NFS models can be found here.

Players can ‘Meet the New Speed’ online at www.princetennis.com.

Pricing:
Men’s
Rebel LS – SRP: $110.00US
Women’s
Poise LS – SRP: $105.00US

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 “long body” racquets, the first “Natural Foot Shape” tennis shoe, the first “synthetic gut” string and the first electronic ball machine.  Today, Prince markets leading technologies in racquets (EXO3), string (Premier LT), footwear (Lightspeed Technology) and apparel (Aerotech).   It has operations on three continents with distribution in over 100 countries. For more information on players, products or programs please visit www.princesports.com.

For more information, product samples/images contact: Chrissy Ott; Prince Sports, Inc.; cott@princesports.com; 609.291.5704

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.