Babolat and John Newcombe Extend Marquee Partnership

July 8, 2009

Boulder, Colorado — Babolat announces that the company has extended its partnership with The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. Since 2002, Babolat has been an exclusive partner for tennis racquets and strings and sponsor of the John Newcombe Tennis Academy and adult tennis programs. With the new agreement, Babolat will continue to be a marquee partner for another three years.

Located in New Braunfels, Texas, the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch has been offering world-class tennis programs for 40 years. The John Newcombe Tennis Academy began in 1980 and offers a unique training environment for top kids from the US and around the world. It was recently selected as a USTA training center, recognizing it as top facility in the country. Team Babolat standouts, Ryan and Christian Harrison, trained at the Academy for four and a half years.

Susan DiBiase, Marketing Director for Babolat USA, says, “This is such a natural partnership between two legendary tennis entities: Babolat with its long of history of bringing innovation to the game and John Newcombe with his long list of contributions both as a player and through the success of his Tennis Ranch. Newk is so passionate about tennis and the growth of the sport. He wants everyone who comes to his Ranch to have a great experience above all, but to also develop their tennis skills to the best of their ability.”

John Newcombe adds, “What’s nice about this partnership is that Babolat shares our outlook and philosophy. They are family oriented like we are and true professionals. Babolat is a leader in the tennis industry and its products are of the highest quality and performance, which fits in with our vision for what we want to offer through our programs.”


John Newcombe is undoubtedly one of the finest tennis players ever to set foot on a tennis court. His 26 Grand Slam Titles including three Wimbledon, two US Open and two

Australian singles titles lay testament to this claim. John was also a shining star in Australian Davis Cup play during its heyday. His most recent tennis accomplishment was leading Australia to the title in 1999 as Davis Cup Captain.


Located in New Braunfels, Texas, the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch is one of the world’s finest tennis academies. Its world-class Tennis Academy uses every aspect of tennis training to develop a player’s full potential with a strong emphasis on match play and tournament competition. The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch also offers adult programs, junior camps, non-tennis team building challenges, meetings and conference activities. For more information visit


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, #6 ATP) and Dinara Safina (RUSSIA, #1 WTA). To find out where Babolat products are sold, log on to or call (877) 316-9435.