Babolat launches new Pure Drive

Boulder, Colorado — Launched in 1994, the Pure Drive is Babolat’s emblematic racquet. The success story continues in 2012 with the arrival of the latest edition of the mythical racquet.

As powerful and maneuverable as ever, the “generation 7” Pure Drive has been strengthened with an exclusive technology: Cortex Active Technology, providing more power and control in each shot. With this launch comes a striking new look for the line. Li Na, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters and numerous ATP//WTA players have already been pulled by the “dark side” of this new Pure Drive.

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A Bold and Innovative Design

The design of this new Pure Drive line will not disappoint those who love the Babolat brand. Brilliantly bold and innovative, the “light design” showcases the high-tech prowess of this racquet. The jet-black frame, synonymous with elegance, symbolizes the strength and performance of the Pure Drive 2012. In revisiting the design of this mythical model, Babolat integrated touches of blue, the emblematic color of the Pure Drive.

Key Technologies For All Those Who Love tennis

Over the years, the Pure Drive has been improved with exclusive Babolat innovations and remains to this day a lethal weapon—synonymous with absolute power. The 2012 Pure Drive range integrates the new Cortex Active Technology to ensure a seamless transmission of essential information directly to the player’s hand for controlled power with each shot.

Pure Drive: Weapon of Champions

Launched in 1994, the Pure Drive quickly penetrated the world of tennis becoming the weapon of an entire generation of champions. Three former #1 ranked payers have won with the Pure Drive: Carlos Moya, Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters. Clay courts, fast courts…this racquet has won on all Grand Slam surfaces.

In 2011, the Pure Drive allowed Li Na to become the first Chinese player in history to win a Grand Slam tournament: The French Open.

With five different models, the Pure Drive meets the needs of champions as well as club players: to each his own “weapon.”

The Pure Drive Range

Available starting mid-January 2012

Pure Drive

Player profile: For competitive players in search of the perfect balance between power and control. The racquet of Kim Clijsters, Li Na, Julien Benneteau, Fabio Fognini …
Suggested Retail Price (unstrung): $189.00
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 10.6 oz.

Pure Drive Roddick

Player profile: For high-level players with a full, fast swing who appreciate the power of the Pure Drive. Endorsed by Andy Roddick.
Suggested Retail Price (unstrung): $195.00
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 11.1 oz.

Pure Drive Lite

Player profile: For ladies and high-level juniors, looking for a lighter, more maneuverable version.
Suggested Retail Price (unstrung): $185.00
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 9.7 oz.

Pure Drive 107

Player profile: For amateur players with solid swings from the baseline and crisp volleys looking for a larger head size.
Suggested Retail Price (unstrung): $189.00
Head size: 107 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 9.9 oz.

Pure Drive Roddick Junior

Player profile: For junior competitors ages 9 to 12.
Suggested Retail Price (unstrung): $104.00
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 8.8 oz.


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, Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kim Clijsters, Francesca Schiavone, Na Li and Samantha Stosur. To find out where Babolat products are sold, log on to or call (877) 316-9435. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


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