Prince Salutes the “King of Clay”

(June 2, 2014) Award-winning recording artist Prince was in attendance at Roland Garros on Monday to watch “King of Clay.” Rafael Nadal win his 32nd straight match in Paris, breaking his own record. Nadal destroyed Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 to move into the quarterfinals where he’ll face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.

Prince, winner of multiple Grammys, MTV Music Awards and an Oscar for the score of  “Purple Rain,” was seated in the back of the Presidential box of Centre Court, Philippe Chatrier holding a shiny cane.

Prince stayed until the end of the match and was greeted with applause from spectators and he left the stadium.

Prince gave a concert on Sunday in Paris at Zenith de Paris. Prince will play Berlin on Tuesday at the Temperdrom.


Catching up with David Ferrer and John Isner

Catching up with David Ferrer and John Isner by James A. Crabtree

John Isner and David Ferrer meet fans at the Prince Hub at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne

John Isner (L) and David Ferrer (R) meet fans at the Prince Hub at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne

(January 12, 2014) MELBOURNE – During a hectic schedule prior to their 2014 Australian Open campaigns I had the chance to catch up with world No. 3 David Ferrer and American No. 1 John Isner for an informal Q & A at the Prince Hub Tennis Live Site, with a focus away from the court.


Who do you travel with?

David Ferrer: I travel with my team and coach and girlfriend. I spend the time waiting for planes watching movies and reading.

John Isner: I travel with my team, my brother also. He can be tough to travel with, he can cause some trouble. I’d like to travel with my dog Miguel I don’t see him often but I can’t live without him, he’s a cocker spaniel.


Name your favorite Actor, Actress and Movie

DF: My best Actress would be Julia Roberts and actor would be Robert De Niro. And I would not see ever myself acting after my career (laughs).

JI: Favorite movie has gotta be Saving Private Ryan. Favourite actress would be Megan Fox although she is a little out of the scene at the moment now, isn’t she?


Favorite place to play?

DF: Of course I love being in Spain but I love the grand slams because they are special.

JI:The tournaments which are close to home and close to where I went to school are great for the support but I do love the grand slams also.


Which family members have been most important to you during your journey?

DF: My whole family.  Everyone.

JI: Gotta be my mom.


You are both pretty good at tennis, but what are you bad at?

DF: Playing at other sports like football. I play but I am not good. The best out of the tennis players is Rafael Nadal. Feliciano Lopez is the most funny guy.

JI: I suck at soccer. I’ve got confidence with basketball.


What would you be doing if you were not playing tennis, and where do you see yourself in ten years?

DF: Still something about tennis I believe. Everything is tennis, tennis is everything.

JI: I don’t think I will be involved too much in tennis in ten years. One of my biggest achievements was starting my own charity, raising money for the cancer hospital that treated my mother. I would like to do more with that.

James Crabtree is a journalist living in Melbourne. Follow him on twitter @JamesACrabtree


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USPTA Renews Prince Partnership with Multi-Year Deal

USPTA John Embree & Charlie Osborn

(January 2, 2014) HOUSTON – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) announced today the signing of a multi-year agreement with Prince Global Sports to endorse Prince racquets, balls, strings, bags and accessories, renewing a previous partnership that helped make Prince a leader in the tennis industry.


When Prince and the USPTA were affiliated during the 1980s through the early 90s, both companies rose to the top of their respective sections in the tennis industry. As Prince repositions itself in the marketplace – including re-entering the tennis ball market – the affiliation with USPTA will help create consumer demand for their product.


“Working with skilled, motivated and performance focused tennis-teaching professionals is a critical factor in driving sales in this industry and Prince recognizes the significant value that an association with the USPTA brings to that equation,” said Prince Global Sports, CEO Mike Ballardie. “A key part of our 2014 brand strategy is a focus on ensuring that all players are ‘fitted’ for the optimum equipment for their game. This partnership with the USPTA is a valued piece of that puzzle.”


As the official racquet and ball supplier for the USPTA, Prince equipment and signage will be used at USPTA World Conferences, division conventions and events, and at all certification testing. The enhanced equipment package provided by Prince for USPTA Professionals will be contingent on the number of hours USPTA Professionals spend on the court teaching. In addition to providing racquets and accessories to USPTA-certified Professionals, Prince will also make contributions to the USPTA’s Retirement Gold+ plan to those USPTA members who qualify, such as club pro shop owners and/or those who have direct fiscal responsibility for their respective pro shop.


“Prince is the first major USPTA endorsee to contribute to the Retirement Gold+ plan because the company knows the influence and credibility that USPTA-certified Professionals have in the industry,” said USPTA CEO John Embree, who is familiar with the brand and its staff from serving as President of Prince Sports, The Americas from 2008-2010.   “Having worked closely with Mike Ballardie in the past, I know the commitment the company and its staff has to the tennis-teaching profession and the grassroots efforts to grow our sport.”


Prince revolutionized tennis by engineering the world’s first oversize racquet. Several of the top tennis players in the world play with Prince racquets, including top-ranked Americans on the ATP World Tour such as John Isner, the No. 1 Men’s Doubles Team of Mike and Bob Bryan (the Bryan Brothers) along with current No. 3 Singles Player David Ferrer and the 2013 Ladies Wimbledon Singles Champion, Marion Bartoli.


Prince Introduces Fall 2013 Racquet Collections

Prince Fall collection

October 22, 2013, BORDENTOWN, NEW JERSEY Prince , a manufacturer and distributor of performance racquet sports equipment, footwear and apparel, officially announced the release of their Fall 2013 Racquet Collections including a Classics Series and new performance models featuring their latest technological innovation Extreme String Pattern (ESP) Technology.


“This is an extremely important launch for Prince as it marks the beginning of a new era for the brand and especially for the Prince consumer product strategy,” said Mike Ballardie, CEO of Prince Global Sports.  “Our 2013 – 2014 racquet line will meet the needs of every player at every level. No longer will we be offering just one technology for all customers. We are listening to what the consumer wants, and this is evident not only in the Fall release but will also be followed through in the new product offerings planned for January 2014 and future seasons.”


With the Classics Series racquets, Prince is bringing back some of the most iconic, well-loved and successful racquets in tennis history – the Classic Graphite and the Classic Response. Played by legendary players such as Andre Agassi, Patrick Rafter, Michael Chang and Monica Seles, these best-selling models are designed for players looking for enhanced spin and control.  The Classic Series line will include the Classic Graphite 100, Classic Graphite 100 Longbody, Classic Graphite 107 and the Classic Response 97.


Prince will also introduce racquet models featuring a new Extreme String Pattern (ESP) Technology delivering an aggressive string pattern that is designed to provide up to 30% more spin.  The benefits of ESP will be enhanced in these racquets with the inclusion of a built-in Double Bridge vibration dampener that reduces racquet shock and string vibration, and EXO3 Technology that provides edge-to-edge performance and a 54% larger sweet spot.


Racquets with ESP Technology will be available in the Premier Series, designed for the ultimate in power and comfort (Premier 105 ESP and Premier 115L ESP); the Warrior Series, all-around racquets with the perfect blend of power and spin (Warrior 100L ESP and Warrior 100 ESP); and the Tour Series, ideal for players looking for more spin and control (Tour 100T ESP and Tour 98 ESP).


“Tennis is a game that is constantly changing both on and off the court. Players are stronger and more athletic than ever before and advances in product technology are critical to ensure that our products are keeping up with this player evolution,” said Tyler Herring, VP of Product Design and Development for Prince Global Sports. “With the new ESP technology, we have made a good technology great by incorporating Double Bridge and EXO3 in the frame. Players are able to hit harder, heavier and more consistent shots. And on top of that, pairing these racquets with our new strings will allow them to generate an insane amount of spin.”


Along with the ESP racquets, Prince will introduce a new string line as their racquets are now designed to take advantage of the performance benefits of using a polyester string. Tour XC (Xtra Control), is a highly durable polyester string with low friction designed to maximize string movement and snapback. For even more spin, Tour XS (Xtra Spin) has a triangular shape to maximize spin with added bite and snapback.


In addition to the racquets and strings, Prince will release two new bag collections – an updated Tour Team Collection in two new colors and a retro inspired Classics Collection that will compliment the Classics Series racquets. The Tour Team Collection will be available in iconic Prince green or red, in a 12, 9 or 6 pack, as well as a backpack, while the Classics Collection bag silhouettes will include a racquet bag, circle duffle, and messenger bag.


Prince Global Sports to Open Brand Experience in NYC for US Open: New Fall Collections Unveiled


August 20th, 2013, BORDENTOWN, NEW JERSEY Prince Global Sports Premier 115L ESP Inside Angle LR.jpg (http://www.princetennis.com), manufacturer and distributor of performance racquet sports equipment, footwear and apparel, announced today that during the 2013 US Open they will open a brand experience space in New York City from August 23rd through September 1st, that will be located in the center of Midtown Manhattan’s tennis activity.


Throughout the first week of the US Open, Prince will give tennis enthusiasts in and around New York the opportunity to be a part of the excitement surrounding America’s slam. Prince NYC, located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 47th Street, will be a hub of activity for the brand – featuring appearances from top Prince athletes, a viewing lounge for matches and limited edition merchandise for purchase. Prince will use this branded space to offer consumers and industry partners an exclusive look at the their new Fall 2013 product collections before they hit retailers in October.


“We have had great success with promotions at this year’s Grand Slams, the Prince Paris Tour at the French Open and the opening of our first brand retail store, Prince SW19, at Wimbledon,” remarked Mike Ballardie, CEO of Prince Global Sports. “It is important that we continue to capitalize on this momentum and the natural tennis ‘fever’ that hits New York City around the Open. Prince NYC will provide not only provide consumers with a unique experience but also an exclusive look at our exciting new collection for Fall 2013.”


Furthering their commitment to enhancing the performance and enjoyment of tennis for all players, Prince will introduce performance racquets featuring the new ESP Spin technology and a new line of “classic” racquets at Prince NYC. Racquets with Extreme String Pattern (“ESP”) Spin technology will deliver 30% more spin on the ball for players of all levels and will be available in Premier, Warrior and Tour Series racquets. The Classics Collection will bring back some of the brand’s most popular and top selling racquets, including the Classic Graphite 107 and 100, Classic Graphite 100 Longbody and Classic Response 97. Two new bag collections will also be unveiled – an updated Tour Team Collection in three new colors and a line of retro style bags that will compliment the Classics racquet collection.


Prince NYC will also showcase three new colors of the #1 selling T22 shoe that will be available in October 2013. One of which will be a special edition model in a pink and white color to help spread awareness about breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness T22 Prince will be donating 10% of all sales of this model to the non-profit organization Bright Pink during the month of October.


“The partnership with Bright Pink is a perfect match for Prince, “said Chrissy Ott, Global Marketing Manager for Prince Global Sports. “Bright Pink promotes not only early detection and prevention but also encourages healthy and active lifestyles for women so we knew that Bright Pink would be the right partner and would also be of interest to the tennis community.”



August 23rd – Public Grand Opening – special appearance by David Ferrer, 7:30PM

August 24th – VIP Consumer Event – player appearance TBD

August 25th – Private Media Event featuring a special appearance by Mike & Bob Bryan

August 28th – Prince and Bright Pink Launch Party

For more information on Prince Tennis, visit www.princetennis.com, or to follow Prince Tennis on twitter go to @prince_tennis and on facebook at www.facebook.com/PrinceTennis.


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Prince Extends Partnership with David Ferrer

BORDENTOWN, New Jersey, (October 23, 2012) Prince Global Sports, a tennis equipment and footwear company, announced on Tuesday it has renewed a partnership with the second-highest ranked Spanish player, David Ferrer. Ferrer will continue to use Prince’s EXO3 Tour 100 racquet, which propelled him to reach at least the quarterfinals in all four Grand Slams in 2012.

“David has been with Prince for many years, and we are proud to have him on our team. He is one of the most respected players on tour and his work ethic and style of play mirrors what it takes to get to the next level,” said Ken Merritt, Director of Player Development for Prince Global Sports. “Since he started playing with the EXO3 racquet, David has been consistently ranked in the top 5 on the tour. Our goal is to work closely with him to find equipment that can take his game into the top 3.”

Regarded by many as the fittest player on the ATP Tour, Ferrer claimed five ATP World Tour Titles in 2012. “I try to do my best on every point, and win as many matches as possible,” said Ferru, his commonly used nickname. “It is important that I use the best frame for my game – and that has always been Prince. They support me with the best racquets to raise my game.”

Ferrer plays his hometown event, the Valencia Open 500, through the end of the month. The tournament will be extra special for him as he says farewell to his fellow countrymen, and longtime Prince Team member, Juan Carlos Ferrero. A former World Number 1, Juan Carlos has won over 15 career titles, including the 2003 French Open Men’s Singles title. Ferrero announced that he will retire after his last match in Valencia and lost in his last match on Tuesday in the first round to Nicolas Alamgro.


Prince Extends Partnership with Bryan Brothers

BORDENTOWN, New Jersey, September 12, 2012 – Prince Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Active Brands Company, announced today it has renewed a partnership with record-breaking American doubles team and 2012 U.S. Open Men’s Doubles Champions, Mike and Bob Bryan. The Bryan Brothers will continue to use Prince’s EXO3Rebel 95 racquet and Beast XP string to maximize their performance. In winning their fourth U.S. Open title, the Bryans have won 12 grand slams, more than any other team in the Open era.

“Prince is committed to strengthening its long-term relationships within the global tennis community and to that end we are excited to have Mike and Bob Bryan continuing to use Prince products to support their game,” said Ken Merritt, Director of Player Development for Prince Global Sports. “They are the best doubles team of their generation and have been long-standing supporters of our brand.”

Since switching to Prince racquets in 2007, the Bryans have won over 40 titles and earlier this year they not only completed a career Golden Slam when they won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, but they also became the all-time winningest doubles team — surpassing Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova as holding the all-time record for the most title wins, male or female. “Ever since we switched to Prince we have been on a roll,” said Bob Bryan, one half of the record smashing duo. “Their products have helped take our careers to the next level and we are looking forward to continuing that success.”

The partnership also calls for the Bryans to become increasingly involved in Prince’s promotional and social media activities. At the 2012 U.S. Open, they participated in a live tweet event from the player’s lounge with Prince’s Twitter followers. “Bob and I love chatting with fans,” said Mike Bryan. “We are eager to hear what other plans Prince has for us. We love getting out there and doing different things with everyone.” The Bryans will get that chance later this year when they will host a private clinic for Prince contest winners from around the country.