DuPont Technology Helps HEAD Tennis Pros

December 2, 2009

WILMINGTON, Del. — HEAD® professionals delivered strong performances recently at tournaments around the world using new HEAD® tennis racquets featuring grommets made with DuPont™ Teflon® friction reducing polymer. Novak Djokovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Mikhail Youzhny, and Andy Murray all took the top spots at ATP tournaments. Djokovic plays the YouTek™ Speed Pro, Kuznetsova and Youzhny the MG Extreme Pro, and Andy Murray the YouTek™ Radical Pro.


HEAD® professional Novak Djokovic plays the YouTek™ Speed Pro, featuring grommets made with DuPont™ Teflon® friction reducing polymer. HEAD® asked DuPont to develop a material with a low-friction contact surface that would enable strings to slide though a racquet’s grommets with almost no friction. With little resistance, the strings are able to maintain their energy during ball impact, providing more power.

“This is clearly a winning technology for our customer,” said Christa Kaiser, global business manager — Teflon® consumer. “Sports equipment is a large and diverse category so we will be looking for opportunities to expand the Teflon® brand and our polymer technology into this segment.”

DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions is a leading producer of fluoropolymer resins, additives, films, finishes and dispersions, PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), PFA (perfluoroalkoxy), FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), ETFE (ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene) and PVF (polivinylfluoride), marketed under the registered trademarks DuPont™ Teflon®, DuPont™ Tefzel®, DuPont™ Tedlar® and DuPont™ Zonyl®. Major markets for these fluoropolymer products include the automotive, chemical processing, semiconductor, oil exploration, chemical handling, data communication, aerospace, electronics, housewares, building and renewable energy industries. For more information, please visit

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