Penn named as Official Ball of PTR
January 2, 2014 — It was announced today that PTR has selected Penn to be the official endorsed ball of the organization in a new multi-year agreement.
The partnership builds on the long standing HEAD endorsement with PTR that spans more than 30 years. Penn tennis balls, including the premium pro specialty-exclusive Pro Penn Marathon, will be the official ball for the popular PTR Symposium, all PTR events and will also include marketing opportunities for the organization and its 14,000+ members.
“This was an easy decision for us to make,” said Greg Mason, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. “PTR is growing and it’s a great way to send our message to the grass roots players through PTR professionals. We know the impact they have in the market as we’ve seen it first hand on the racquet side. We couldn’t be more excited to expand our partnership.”
Jeff Ratkovich, HEAD Penn’s Senior Business Manager for Tennis Balls, added, “We’re very eager to unite with PTR to continue growing the game of tennis. HEAD Penn Racquet Sports and PTR share the same core vision of making tennis enjoyable for children and adults of all ages.”
“Signing with Penn is great news for PTR members,” said Dan Santorum, PTR CEO. “Pro Penn balls are the most durable balls on the market, which is a tremendous advantage for tennis teachers and coaches. To have the PTR name on Pro Penn balls along with the prestige the Penn name brings as the world’s bestselling ball is a win-win for both PTR and Penn.”
Penn is also the market leader with distribution across the country and a strong marketshare that has been built with other endorsements like USTA League tennis and the ATP World Tour which includes being the official ball of ATP tournaments in Indian Wells, Key Biscayne and Cincinnati. This endorsement by PTR teaching professionals expands that list of key partners and will help fuel further growth.
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