All-Prince U.S. Davis Cup Lineup
March 3, 2010
Bordentown, NJ — When the next generation US Davis Cup team takes on Serbia this weekend in its first test of the year, US tennis will not only see a team featuring a few new faces, but also one comprised solely of Prince players.
Every member of the US Davis Cup team (Sam Querrey, John Isner and Mike and Bob Bryan) takes advantage of racquets featuring Prince’s visible O-Technology — a unique series of large visible ports along the frame engineered to deliver faster racquet speed, greater stability and a larger sweet spot.
“It shows how the brand and the racquet technology have impacted the sport in the past few years. It is no longer an anomaly to see players using racquets with O-Technology,” said Bob Bryan. “It has become the norm with pros on both tours, especially with some of the younger guys. We switched to O-Technology a couple of years ago and I think it would be hard to go back to using a stick without it.”
US Davis Cup coach Patrick McEnroe announced in mid-February that Querrey and Isner, who are 22 and 24 years-old respectively, would join the Bryan Brothers to represent the United States. For Isner, currently ranked No. 20 in the world, this marks his Davis Cup debut. For Querrey, now ranked No. 22 in the world, this is his second appearance. Isner and Querrey have been part of the Prince team since they were very young, with the veteran Bryan Brothers making the move to Prince in 2007. More recently, the Bryans switched to the EXO3 Ignite Team 95 racquet at the end of last year, prior to winning the ATP World Tour Finals in November and the Australian Open earlier this year.
“It is exciting that every member of the US Davis Cup team plays with Prince, the only major US-owned and headquartered tennis racquet manufacturer. The growing popularity and adoption of our visible racquet technology, O-Tech, on the pro tour, is a testament to the brand and this innovative technology,” said Zach Perles, Vice President of Communications at Prince Sports, Inc. “These racquets not only look unlike conventional racquets, there is no question they perform unlike conventional racquets. The feel is completely distinct and has made it nearly impossible for any player who has spent significant time with these racquets to go back and pick up anything else.”
“The racquets just work for us, and for a good number of other players on tour. I know for me, and for Mike and Bob, we knew instantly that the technology was something special,” said Querrey. “It delivers on its promises and has allowed me the ability to add some weight without compromising racquet speed – which has helped me hit a heavier ball, more consistently, and get an extra MPH or two on my serve. “
“The racquets definitely have a distinct feel, but any serious player who can commit to spending some time with them, like all of us have, will unlock the benefits this technology provides,” said Isner.
The US players are not the only ones choosing Prince. On the Serbian side, young up-and-comer Viktor Troicki, who is currently ranked No. 35 in the world, also plays Prince, wielding the Ozone Tour. Querrey, Isner, the Bryans and Troicki are only five of the more than 50 touring pros, including Maria Sharapova, Nikolay Davydenko, and Gael Monfils who play racquets with O-Technology. The company’s latest line of performance frames featuring O-Tech, EXO3, includes twelve different models, each built for specific player types and skill levels.
About Prince Sports, Inc.
Prince Sports, Inc, based in New Jersey, is a company of racquet sports enthusiasts whose goal is to create cutting edge, functional and technically advanced products that deliver performance benefits for avid players. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes Prince (tennis, squash and badminton), Ektelon (racquetball) and Viking (platform/paddle tennis). The Company has a history of innovation including inventing the first “oversize” and “longbody” racquets, the first “Natural Foot Shape” tennis shoe, the first “synthetic gut” string and the first electronic ball machine. Today, Prince markets leading technologies in racquets (EXO3), string (Recoil), footwear (LightSpeed Technology) and apparel (Aerotech). It has operations on three continents with distribution in over 100 countries. For more information on players, products or programs please visit princesports.com.