Wilson is a well established brand in the sports industry specializing in the manufacturing and production of sports equipment for numerous sports. The company is based in the United States and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded back in 1913, but as a meat slaughter house. By 1914 the company began producing tennis racquet strings and took on a new image for the brand. Today Wilson produces some of the most tech-savvy racquets on the market today and as a well established name of providing quality sporting goods equipment. The company is most well known for Pro Staff line of racquets, but also produce racquet dampeners, strings, and luggage. The brand is endorsed by many star athletes such as:
Babolat's "claim to fame" is that they are the inventor of the tennis string, and have developed a loyal fan base for their quality racquets across not just tennis, but also badminton and padel. The company was founded back in 1875 in France, and is the oldest company specializing in racquet sports. Today the brand is in over 100 different countries, 20,000 sporting goods stores, and 20,000 partner clubs around the world. It is well known for its Pure Aero racquet, training equipment and numerous star tennis players on their team including:
Head has been manufacturing tennis racquets since the 1960s, the company was founded in Maryland (U.S.), but is now headquartered overseas in Amsterdam. The brand grew highly in popularity and credibility in 1975 when Arthur Ashe and his Head racquet defeated Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. The company not only produces tennis racquets, but also apparel/clothing, bags, grips, and other tennis equipment as well. The brand is also known for manufacturing alpine skis as well, and is fairly profitable in that industry. Besides legendary Arthur Ashe, there are many current star players who use this brand, such as:
Prince is one of the most recognizable brands in tennis, with its logo "P" featured on each of their racquets. The company has declined in popularity in recent years, but is famous for developing the first tennis ball machine. The company was founded in 1970, when inventor Bob McClure invented the tennis ball machine using vacuum parts in his garage in New Jersey. The company quickly grew in popularity as it was a new way to train for beginners to learn the sport. Towards the end of the 1970s the company shifted focus to producing elite quality racquets for tennis professionals and reached a height in popularity in 1995, when it's Michael Change Signature racquet was named the number one ranked tennis racquet in the world. Current players who use prince racquets include:
Nike is the leading manufacturing of sports apparel and footwear in the United States. The brand makes sporting apparel for a wide variety of different sports including tennis, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and others. The company has a long established name for high quality and fashionable products and is very popular around the world. The company Nike, Inc. was founded in 1971, and is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon today. In the tennis market, Nike produces tennis apparel and footwear and has the been the sponsor of many top tennis players such as:
Adidas is another company like Nike, that manufactures and produces sports apparel and footwear. The company is the second largest manufacturing in the world behind Nike, and is the most popular in Europe. It is headquartered in Germany and has ties dating back to 1924. The company produces tennis apparel and tennis footwear and has produced tennis equipment since the 1960s. It is a well established brand throughout the world and easily recognisable with the iconic three stripe logo. Adidas tennis players adidas has sponsored:
Yonex is a Japan based company that produces and manufactures tennis racquets, badminton racquets, and golf equipment. The company started off making wooden corks, and in 1957 transitioned into badminton racquet production. It was not until 1982 that the brand made its first aluminium tennis racquet and even though it was one of the newer tennis brands on this it, it quickly gained a reputable name within the industry. It is well recognized as an international brand with star players such as Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt who all used a Yonex racquets during their careers. Current players who use the brand include Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios and Angelique Herber. The brand looks to gain more traction in the industry in the future years.
Dunlop Sports is another manufacturer of racquets for tennis, badminton, and squash. The company is established with a high quality, innovative, and high performance brand. It was founded as a rubber manufacturing company back in 1889 and entered the sports market in 1910. The brand grew in popularity when star player John McEnroe won seven grand slams using the Dunlop racquet. He was the brand centerpiece for many years during his career and after. Recently the company was purchased by SRI sports, the japanese based sporting goods company. Current players who use Dunlop racquets are:
Tecnifibre is one the youngest brands on this list, but has been growing in popularity in recent years. The brand has a focus of improving the potential of players through advanced racquet technologies. The company made its first racquet strings in 1983, but was not until the 2000s that the company launched its first line of tennis racquets. Popularity of the brand greatly increased after this, and in 2013 the company had a partnership with ATP to become the official racquet of the the 2013 ATP tour. The company has definitely made its mark within the tennis strings industry with the development of the X-One a synthetic multifilament string. Current players who use Tecnifibre racquets include:
Volkl the final brand on this list is yet another tennis racquet manufacturer. The company was originally founded as a manufacturer of skis, but within the tennis industry hopes to target intermediate and beginner players. They have introduced a series of new and innovative products within the racquet market such as their Organix high tech carbon material and Bio Sensor an active vibration dampening system within the racquet. The former legend and number one player in the world, Boris Becker who won six Grand Slams helped popularize and legitimize the brand during his playing days. The which was founded in 1923 is based in Germany and has in recent years expanding into snowboards and outerwear as well. The company since it is not really marketing towards professional players has not had many partnerships with tennis players over the years besides Becker. The only other two notable tennis players who use Volkl racquets are Liezel Huber and Laura Siguemund.