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Prince Expands Tour Proven Line of O3 Racquets with Launch of Speedport White and Ozone Tour

Bordentown, NJ — During a match, every element of the situation that a player can control matters. Having a racquet that “just feels right” and can improve performance, even at the highest level of competition, is crucial for on-court success. As a true tennis company, Prince understands this and is proud to officially introduce two new “Tour Proven” sticks designed specifically for serious players looking for optimal feel, incredible control and unparalleled racquet speed in a traditional weight frame.

With the introduction of the O3 Speedport White and Ozone Tour, both set to debut in January 2008, Prince not only expands its increasingly popular Speedport and Ozone series’, but expands its line of player racquets by bringing to market two new frames proven at the game’s most elite levels. These racquets are a result of continuing conversations with top touring pros and juniors, incorporating features specifically asked for by the world’s most competitive players. Both racquets will also be available in a Pro version offering players a slightly heavier frame and a denser string pattern.
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“O3 continues to become a must-have technology among top level players and we continue to develop and deliver frames that meet the needs of this group,” said Dave Holland, Global Category Director for Performance Racquets at Prince. “Whether it is smaller head sizes, or denser string patterns, we listen to what the game’s best players want and then deliver frames built to succeed on court.”

The growth and rapid adoption of O3 technology among the world’s elite players has become apparent in the last two years. Today, one-third of all top ten players in the world (singles and doubles) play racquets with O3 technology. The world’s #1 men’s doubles team, half of the world’s number #1 women’s double team, four of the top ten women’s singles players and the #4 ranked men’s singles player are all playing O3. In fact, O3 technology has racked up nearly 330 tour titles - 25 of which have come from the more recently introduced O3 Speedport racquets.

“All of our racquets, whether game improvement or tour proven frames, need to pass a series of litmus tests before they ever make it on court and I think that is a big reason for their success and the growing adoption of O3 racquets by the world’s best,” said Doug Fonte, President of Prince Americas. “We have listened to what players have asked of us and we are confident that these new sticks, like all of our tour proven frames, will make the same immediate impact. It is amazing to think that O3 racquets have already captured 330 ATP and WTA tour titles and that nearly one-third of all the top ten players in the world now use a racquet with O3 technology. O3 is truly the winning racquet for serious competitive players.”

In addition to receiving a top-caliber frame, those who purchase the O3 Speedport Pro White and Ozone Pro Tour will be able to test another breakthrough product simultaneously. The Pro versions of these racquets will come pre-strung with Prince RECOIL, a revolutionary, new premium string that is changing the string category by providing precise string realignment after each shot, optimal playability and unmatched durability.

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