(September 18, 2013)Boulder, Colorado – Babolat, a leading manufacturer of tennis equipment, announces its new partnership with The Gate Junior Tennis Academy. As part of the partnership, Babolat will be the official tennis racquet of this Los Angeles-based academy. The Gate’s focus on developing new talent and helping players reach their potential aligns with Babolat’s commitment to equip a future generation of tennis champions and make the sport of tennis available to more people, young and old alike.
Co-founders Doug Doss and Nathan LeGrand coined the name “The Gate,” founded with a vision of building a gate for young elite players into the game of tennis and coaching them to future success. The Gate has a remarkably consistent high percentage of students playing high school varsity boys and girls tennis, producing over 200 collegiate players, some of whom have gone on to see varying degrees of success on the Pro Tour.
“Coaches and staff at The Gate are clearly committed to cultivating a passion for tennis among young players,” said Rich Francey, Babolat National Key Accounts Manager. “And passion is something we hold very near and dear to our heart at Babolat.”
As exclusive racquet sponsor, Babolat will provide its full range of junior racquets, from the Pure Drive Roddick to the AeroPro Drive, the latter being Rafael Nadal’s weapon of choice. The Gate’s rising stars will be equipped with their own weapons to help them reach their full potential.
“Tennis is a lifetime sport and it’s our mission at The Gate to help each of our players succeed in their own right, regardless of their playing level,” said Barry Horowitz, director of The Gate. “Partnering with Babolat will give our students access to the top products in the industry from a company built on the same values as The Gate–to encourage the sport of tennis amongst all levels of players. This partnership gives our athletes the opportunity to play with the same racquets as some of the best professionals in the industry, which is inspiring to those just starting out.”
For more information on The Gate Junior Tennis Academy, visit www.thegatejuniortennis.com.