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Mallory Burdette Signs with Dunlop

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(March 14, 2013) GREENVILLE, SC, – Dunlop  has announced the signing of rising American and former NCAA champion Mallory Burdette to a multi-year agreement. Burdette selected the new Biomimetic M3.0 tennis racquet, which she used to qualify and then reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She defeated Top 30 player Tamira Paszek in the second round prior to falling to world No. 15 Maria Kirilenko in a three-set match that lasted nearly 3 hours.

“I’ve been lucky enough to know Mallory since her junior days in Georgia,” said Hunter Hines, Dunlop Racquet Sports Director of Marketing and Product Development. “Since leaving Stanford after her Junior year, she’s already had a couple memorable runs at high profile tournaments, including last year’s US Open where she reached the third round. We look forward to big things from Mallory.”

Burdette plans on playing a full Tour schedule this year, her next stop is in Key Biscayne for the Sony Open.

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Dunlop Signs Michael Russell

Fourteen year ATP World Tour veteran Michael Russell has been signed by Dunlop to represent the Biomimetic 500 Tour Team.

“Mike came to us looking for more power than he was getting with his old rackets, but he certainly wasn’t willing to sacrifice control,” said Hunter Hines, Dunlop’s Tour Level Racket Specialist. “We tested several different options, and ultimately that led us to the Biomimetic 500 which fit his game perfectly.”

 

“I tested quite a few frames from all the manufacturers, and these are the best rackets I’ve ever used,” said Russell of the Biomimetic 500s. “They allow me to do many more things with the ball that I could before.”

 

“We’re glad Mike chose the Biomimetic 500 and is now a part of our Tour Team,” said Kai Nitsche, Vice President and General Manager of Dunlop Racket Sports. “He’s an incredible athlete, but he also plays every point like it’s his last, which is why he’s still competing at the top level after all these years. We look forward to seeing him hit the hard courts here in the States this summer.”

For information on Michael Russell: www.michael-russell.com and Dunlop Sports: www.dunlopsport.com

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Dunlop Statement on Tennis Ball Issues at Roland Garros

In response to some of the recent tennis ball issues at Roland Garros, Dunlop Sport has released the following statement:

GREENVILLE, SC, May 24, 2011 – In response to the major tennis ball issues at Roland Garros, Dunlop would like to point out some inaccuracies in the statements from the FFT and Babolat claiming that the Babolat balls are made in exactly the same way as the Dunlop balls.

 

The 2011 Roland Garros tennis balls are not made in the same way as our Dunlop balls.

 

Dunlop have manufactured tennis balls for over 100 years, including the past 40 in the same facility to exacting standards, using core compound formulae and manufacturing processes which are highly confidential and unique to Dunlop. Furthermore, the nature of our composition formulae and bespoke production processes mean that it is impossible for another manufacturer to replicate the finished product.

Dunlop appreciates the impact that minute changes to composition or production can have on the playability of the finished balls and made every possible effort to secure the sponsorship rights to all the major European clay court tournaments to maintain consistency for the players. In 2010, Dunlop managed to achieve this and received no complaints from either tournament organisers or from players.

 

Dunlop are very proud to have signed long term agreements with the key ATP clay court tournaments in Europe and made every effort to maintain this consistency by offering the FFT the best possible offer to continue the sponsorship of Roland Garros. Disappointingly, the FFT chose to reject Dunlop’s offer to renew the sponsorship of the Roland Garros event for 2011 and opted to go with the French tennis brand Babolat. This means that Roland Garros is the only major clay court tournament not utilising Dunlop balls.

 

Barry Leach, Managing Director of Dunlop, commented, “Dunlop have a proud history of producing the very best tennis balls in the market and have never received negative feedback from media, fans or most importantly the players, regarding our balls. It is impossible to replicate our balls and we felt it was important to clarify this fact given the statement from the FFT and media interest in the matter. Should the FFT decide they would like to provide the ball consistency that the players desire then we would welcome the opportunity to make it happen”.

 

Tournaments Where the Dunlop Fort Clay Court Ball is Played

ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Monte- Carlo Rolex Masters

ATP World Tour 500, Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome

ATP World Tour 250, BMW Open, Munich

ATP World Tour 250, Estoril Open

ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open

ATP World Tour 250, Open de Nice Côte d’Azur

WTA Premier, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart

WTA Premier, Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome

WTA International, Estoril Open

Additional Info on Dunlop Sports:

Official Website: www.dunlopsport.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dunlopsport

About Dunlop Sports Group Americas
Dunlop Sports Group Americas, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dunlop Slazenger International, Ltd. is known worldwide by sports enthusiasts who value quality and performance in their sporting goods equipment. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, the company’s product line spans tennis rackets, accessories and balls; squash rackets, accessories and balls; Dunlop badminton and shuttles; Carlton badminton rackets and shuttles. International endorsers include tennis legend John McEnroe in addition to current ATP World Tour stars Fernando Verdasco and Nikolay Davydenko, squash champions Ramy Ashour, Amr Shabana and Nick Matthew, along with US # 1 Julian Illingworth and a host of other great players and ambassadors.

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Will Ferrell Whips Out His Dunlop On the Late Late Show

Will Ferrell showed up on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show on Friday with Dunlop racket in hand. The two did a mock endorsement for the racket.

 

Tennis talk begins at 1:40 of the video.

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Dunlop Signs Tim Smyczek

Dunlop has announced the signing of 23 year old American player Tim Smyczek. The Milwaukee native turned pro in 2006 and has steadily moved up the rankings with wins at the ATP Challenger and ATP World Tour levels.

 

Last week, Smyczek used his Biomimetic 300 Tour  at the 2011 USTA French Open Wild Card Playoffs in Boca Raton and emerged the winner, earning a wild card into next month’s French Open. Smyczek snared a 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, ­­­6-2 win over Donald Young.

 

Smyczek, who trains at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, will make his second appearance in a Grand Slam main draw; he won the USTA playoff last August to get into the US Open. This year he’s continued his upward momentum by reaching the quarters in San Jose in February and the second round in Indian Wells after qualifying for the main draw.

 

“My game has really taken off this year, and switching to the Biomimetic 300 Tour has played a key role,” said Smyczek. “Whenever I step onto the court, no matter what the surface or conditions, I’m confident with this racket. I’m looking forward to continuing my partnership with Dunlop.”

 

“Tim is a great signing for Dunlop,” said Kai Nitche, Vice President and General Manager of Dunlop Racket Sports. “He possesses the key characteristics we look for in our Tour Team members; he works extremely hard both on and off-court, he’s dedicated, and he pulls through in clutch situations. It’s been a pleasure to work with him thus far, and we wish him well as he continues his climb up the ATP World Tour rankings.”

More information on Tim Smyczek – Official Website: www.timsmyczek.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/timsmyczek, Twitter: @timsmyczek

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Dunlop Lets Fans Design Their Own Racquet on Facebook

GREENVILLE, SC, January 28, 2011 – Dunlop announces a first-ever Facebook application that allows fans to design their own Biomimetic tennis racket. The application gives all Dunlop Facebook friends the ability to color, place logos, and add text to the frame. Once their design is completed, all rackets will be saved and judged by Dunlop. The winning designer will have their racket made to their chosen Biomimetic racket specifications. Dates and rules for the competition will be posted on Facebook. The Dunlop page is listed on Facebook as ‘Dunlop Sport’ and is located at www.facebook.com/dunlopsport .

Hundreds of fans have already designed rackets since the app launched in beta form last week. It was built primarily using Adobe Flex and Flash utilizing a Papervision3D engine. All social media functionality was achieved through the Facebook API.

“Being able to customize your own tennis racket is a dream come true for many tennis fans. Now we’re combining that ability with the most popular social networking site there is, Facebook,” said Steve Hall, Marketing Director of Dunlop Sports Group Americas.

About Dunlop Sports Group Americas

Dunlop Sports Group Americas, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dunlop Slazenger International, Ltd. is known worldwide by sports enthusiasts who value quality and performance in their sporting goods equipment. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, the company’s product line spans tennis rackets, accessories and balls; squash rackets, accessories and balls; Dunlop badminton and shuttles; Carlton badminton rackets and shuttles.  International endorsers include tennis legend John McEnroe in addition to current ATP World Tour stars Fernando Verdasco and Nikolay Davydenko, squash champions Ramy Ashour, Amr Shabana and Nick Matthew, along with US # 1 Julian Illingworth and a host of other great players and ambassadors. For further information visit www.dunlopsport.com or phone: 800.768.4727.

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