HEAD Tennis Equipment is designed and manufactured by the HEAD Company Inc., who are a sports and sports clothing company perhaps best known for their alpine skis as well as their tennis rackets. The company currently has its global headquarters in Seattle, Washington in the east of the USA.
The company includes parts of several previously independent companies, including Head Ski Company, founded in Delaware, United States, in 1950; Tyrolia, an Austrian ski-equipment manufacturer; and Mares, an Italian manufacturer of diving equipment. Head Ski Company produced one of the first successful metal-wood composite downhill ski, the Head Standard, and one of the first oversized metal tennis rackets. The company is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, in 1950 by aeronautical engineer Howard Head, after he took a ski trip and was astonished to see his skis were made of wood in an era when metals and plastics were replacing wood in many product designs.
Head worked at the Glenn L. Martin Company where they used a form of aluminium and plastic laminate to build the fuselages of aircraft, and he felt the same material would make an ideal ski. After two years of constantly breaking skis, by the winter of 1950 they had a design that not only stayed together, but made turning dramatically easier.
In the late 1960s, a tennis division was created when Howard Head figured out a way of strengthening the tennis racket by introducing the aluminium frame. The idea became a success and was first introduced in the 1969 US Open. After Howard Head’s departure, one of the tennis players that Head sponsored, Arthur Ashe, won Wimbledon, defeating favored Jimmy Connors in 1975.
Also during the 1970s, Head acquired a diving manufacturer, Mares, and a ski binding company, Tyrolia. While under AMF ownership, Head manufactured tennis racquets in Boulder, Colorado, and Kennelbach, Austria. Also in 1969, Head signed Olympic champion ski racer Jean-Claude Killy to endorse a new metal and fiberglass ski, the Killy 800. Head subsequently developed an entire product line of Killy skis.
In 1985, Minneapolis-based Minstar Inc. acquired Head through hostile takeover of AMF. Two years later, Head started making athletic footwear, and introduced the “Radial Tennis Shoes”. The following year, Head opened a new plant in Austria in order to produce more tennis rackets.
In 1989, management bought out Head, Tyrolia, and Mares, to form HTM. The takeover was backed by private equity firm Freeman Spogli & Co. In 1993, HTM was sold to tobacco conglomerate Austria Tabak.
In 1997, Head created the first titanium and graphite tennis racket. Over the next two years, Head acquired three more companies, DACOR, BLAX, and Penn Racquet Sports. Penn tennis balls are used in many high-profile tournaments worldwide, while Penn racquetballs are the official balls of the IRT and U.S. Racquetball Association. Penn once produced tennis balls and racquetballs in Phoenix, Arizona. In March 2009, Head shut down the Penn ball manufacturing factory. Now all tennis balls are produced in China.
Head Tennis Today – In the modern game HEAD rackets are used by a plethora of the top names on both the men’s and women’s professional tours. So much so that HEAD were top of an unofficial ranking for the amount of success achieved by top tour professionals playing with their rackets. In fact, about 30% of the top 100 players on the world ATP Tour are armed with a HEAD tennis racket.
Head Racket Rebels, as they are ‘affectionately’ known, include current US Open Champion Andy Murray, (the Scottish star who has slowly but surely put British tennis on the map), current Australian Open Champion and ‘two handed backhand King,’ Novak Djokovic, and the current women’s French Open winner Maria Sharapova. These stars, amongst others, work hard to improve the profile of the HEAD brand and have a massive and dedicated team of developers and innovators behind them to help ensure they stay at the top of their game.
The range of rackets on offer from HEAD encompasses all levels of ability and also includes a junior range. The different ranges cater to each individual by offering rackets of different sizes, weights and string composition that allows players to find a perfect racket to suit their ability and expectations. Many incorporate the worlds lightest and strongest material, Graphene that allows the racket to achieve optimal distribution of weight and helps speed and accuracy.
Rackets can be weighted differently for more aggressive players and equally for players who prefer the subtleties of spin and accuracy. The sizes and weights are also aimed at both sexes, with smaller models being specially designed for junior players too, allowing everyone to find a perfect HEAD tennis racket to help improve and perfect your game.
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