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!


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 or call  (877) 316-9435. Follow us on or

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.