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ISSUE 1-2018

NEW PRODUCTS
HEAD TENNIS SENSOR
BABOLAT 2018 SHOES
STRINGWAY STRINGING MACHINE
INDUSTRY NEWS
FEDERER PLATINUM RACQUET
TENNIS EUROPE NEWS
YONEX NEWS
WORKSHOPS
UKRAINE AND ITALY

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ISSUE
1-2018

CONTENTS
04 My Serve
06 New Products
10 Industry News
22 ERSA Symposium Update
33 ERSA Tips
34 ATW Workshops

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PRO STRINGER MAGAZINE


European Racquet Stringers Association
ERSA Australia - Noel Dodds

My Serve
ERSA Benelux
Timo van Driel, Rob Maessen

ERSA Czech Republic & Slovakia


Vaclav Smat
Welcome to the first issue of Pro Stringer 2018. We have a lot
ERSA Germany, Austria, Switzerland of new products for this issue.
Mike Emenako, Mark Maslowski

ERSA Greece - George Pahiakos The new Pro Stringer Guide (formerly Stringers Digest) has
been sent out to the current 2018 members. If you have not
ERSA Italy - Marco Rossani signed up for this year you will be missing out on the new
Technique Section. This has been updated with the latest
ERSA Ireland - Roger Henry
techniques for stringing, tuning and repair. This is now only
ERSA Korea - Taikki Lee a practical guide. The theory parts are included in the 2018
Study Guide. Our managers are busy translating the new
ERSA Latin America Pro Stringer Guide Technique Section into German, French,
Ricardo Dipold
Spanish, Italian, Greek, Czech, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese,
ERSA Serbia - Dr. Alexander Ducic Chinese and Korean. As soon as they are finished they will
be published in PDF form and sent to the members in the
ERSA Spain / France- Richard Parnell respective countries.
ERSA Taiwan - Bernie Chen
We will have in the coming issue an article about the 2018
ERSA UK Australian Open Yonex Stringing Service. A large number of our
Paul Skipp, Huw Phillips, Dr. Jamie Pethick members have been on the team again with a requirement
for new team members to have the ERSA Pro Tour Stringer
ERSA Ukraine - Sergey Konovolenko Level 1 certification.
FOUNDING MEMBERS
Ashaway Babolat The Symposium planning is going well with members signed
Head Isospeed up so far from Asia, North and South America, Africa and of
Kirschbaum Luxilon course Europe. Please sign up early so reserve a place and a
Pacific Wilson
hotel room. So far we have 10 companies signed up giving
CORPORATE MEMBERS presentations and showing their newest products.
Ashaway Head Babolat
Prince Isospeed Yonex ERSA has a large percent of shop owners so we will be
Gosen Tecnifibre introducing more clothing and shoe introductions in the
STRING SUPLIER MEMBERS coming issues. Also, special courses will be offered for shop
Apollo Leisure MSV String Kong owners in the near future which will complement our new
Krischbaum Signum Pro ERSA Master Pro Stringer Level 2.
ASOCIATION MEMBER Hope to see many of you in April at
PTR Europe TIA UK
Tennis Europe our 6th Annual ERSA Symposium.

TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS Best regards,


Rod Cross - Australia - Physics
Gabe Jarmillo - Pro Tennis Mark Maslowski
European Racquet Stringers Association
Lenaustr. 38 40470 Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone/Fax: +49 (0)211 688 14151
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New Certified Stringers


ERSA now offers certification for different levels of stringers, from beginners to the top professional stringers
in the world. The first level is ERSA Stringer is for new stringers to show they have completed a stringing course
and learned to string correctly. Certified Stringer is for stringing services, such as coaches, club stringers, shop
stringers, after passing a day of practical and written tests. Master Racquet Technician is for shop stringers
and owners who can tune rac-quets, string at a high level and have a broad knowledge of products for their
customers. Pro Tour Stringer certification is for MRTs who are stringing at ATP and WTA tournaments. There are
3 levels for this certification, Level 1, Level 2 and Master Pro Tour Stringer.

Professional Stringer
Giuseppi Tagliapietra - Italy

Pro Tour Stringer Level 1 Tennis


Javier Casau Moreno – Spain
Ray Wan - England ERSA PROFESSIONAL STRINGER

STRINGS
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THE NEW HEAD PRESTIGE SERIES 2018

Head Graphene Touch Prestige Pro


If the PRESTIGE silo stands for ultimate precision, then the PRESTIGE PRO is its most
aggressive ambassador. The series’ Tour version features an open, dynamic 16/19
string pattern, and the innovative Graphene Touch technology for an incredible
touch and a solid dampened feel. Designed for technical players, the racquet comes
with a premium and sophisticated design with its chrome decals and see-through
carbon fibres.

Technology Graphene Touch


Beam 22mm
Headsize 615cm²
Weight (Unstring) 315g
Balance (Unstrung) 315mm
Length 685mm
String Pattern 16/19
Grip Size 1-5
Grip HydroSorb Pro Black
Pre-Strung Lynx 17
Recommended Tension 22-26kg

Head Graphene Touch Prestige Tour


The PRESTIGE TOUR truly lives up to its Technology Graphene Touch
name and won’t shy away from even Beam 21,5mm
the fastest rally on the biggest courts.
Headsize 640cm²
It delivers the ultimate precision the
Weight (Unstring) 305g
PRESTIGE silo is known for and combines
Balance (Unstrung) 320mm
that with a larger head for a bigger sweet
spot and more power. It also features the Length 685mm
innovative Graphene Touch technology for String Pattern 18/19
an incredible touch and a solid dampened Grip Size 1-5
feel. Grip HydroSorb Pro Black
Pre-Strung Lynx 17
Recommended Tension 22-26kg

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Head Graphene Touch Prestige MP


The PRESTIGE silo promises precision and Technology Graphene Touch
the legendary MP version steps it up a Beam 21mm
notch. Its unique engineering is perfect for
Headsize 615cm²
the experienced player who wants to take
Weight (Unstring) 320g
the fast-paced game to a very high level
Balance (Unstrung) 310mm
of control and precision. Just like its silo’s
brothers, the MP features the innovative Length 685mm
Graphene Touch technology for incredible String Pattern 18/20
touch and a solid dampened feel. With its Grip Size 1-5
18/20 string pattern for ultimate control, Grip HydroSorb Pro Black
the MP is a high-value, pure performance Pre-Strung Lynx 17
racquet with a premium and sophisticated
Recommended Tension 22-26kg
matt/glossy design featuring chrome
decals and see-through carbon fibre.

Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid


The PRESTIGE MID, recommended by Technology Graphene Touch
Marin Cilic, offers the smallest head size Beam 20mm
but is still the heaviest of the PRESTIGE silo
Headsize 600cm²
and therefore perfect for the experienced
Weight (Unstring) 320g
straight-forward player who loves ultimate
Balance (Unstrung) 310mm
precision and control. Just like its silo’s
brothers, the MID features the innovative Length 685mm
Graphene Touch technology for incredible String Pattern 16/19
touch and a solid dampened feel as well as Grip Size 0-5
a premium and sophisticated matt/glossy Grip HydroSorb Pro Black
design featuring chrome decals and see- Pre-Strung Lynx 17
through carbon fibre.
Recommended Tension 22-26kg

Head Graphene Touch Head Graphene Touch


Prestige S Prestige PWR
Technology Graphene Touch Technology Graphene Touch
Beam 22mm Beam 22/26/28mm
Headsize 615cm² Headsize 690cm²
Weight (Unstring) 295g Weight (Unstring) 270g
Balance (Unstrung) 325mm Balance (Unstrung) 335mm
Length 685mm Length 695mm
String Pattern 16/19 String Pattern 16/19
Grip Size 1-5 Grip Size 1-5
Grip HydroSorb Pro Black Grip HydroSorb Comfort Black
Pre-Strung Lynx 17 Pre-Strung Velocity MLT
Recommended Tension 22-26kg Recommended Tension 24-28kg

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YOUR GAME
IN YOUR HANDS
HEAD TENNIS SENSOR
Play, train and compete with the HEAD Tennis Sensor
powered by ZEPP to track your performance on court.
Start with the PLAY MODE and track each and every
shot, showing your speed, rpm and sweetspot or go
directly to the TRAIN MODE and improve your game
with the exercises of our coaches.

If that’s not enough, analyze your serve movement with


the 3D SERVE ANIMATION or keep track of your matches
with the COMPETE MODE, challenging your personal
tennis rival or in a doubles-match. The HEAD Tennis
Sensor is equipped with the latest Bluetooth standard,
water repellent and compatible with HEAD Graphene XT
and HEAD Graphene Touch racquets*.

Features
Latest Bluetooth® standard
Water repellent
Compatible with Graphene XT and Graphene Touch racquets*
Smart on/off technology
5 - 6 hours tracking time
3 weeks battery standby
Spec neutral* & integrated 7gr / 0.25 oz & interchangeable
Magnet charging

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PERFORMANCE TRACKING DEVICE

A N A LY Z E Y O U R S W I N G
I M P R OV E YO U R GA M E
The HEAD Tennis Sensor is designed
to help you monitor your performance
on court. Analyze and share performance
data individually or with a coach in order
to improve various aspects of your game.

TECHNICAL FEATURES
Latest Bluetooth® standard
Water repellent
Compatible with Graphene XT racquets*
Compatible with Graphene Touch racquets*
Smart on/off technology ART NO 285807
5 - 6 hours tracking time
3 weeks battery standby
Spec neutral* & integrated 7gr / 0.25 oz & interchangeable
Magnet charging

*exceptions apply
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NEW PRODUCTS

DESIGNED TO
R

CUT AND SPIN


New ASHAWAY Polyurethane Resin Technology
Ashaway has introduced another innovation to its squash and racquetball strings: a polyurethane (PU) based,
multifilament nylon string technology designed to add toughness and durability for players who like to really
cut and spin the ball. Ashaway’s first two strings using this technology, new MultiNick® 18 for squash and
MultiKill® 17 for racquetball, combine a high tenacity multifilament nylon sheath with a specially formulated
polyurethane resin that bonds the strings into a single matrix and adds durability while providing superior feel
and ball control. The smooth PU surface enhances grip, while the tournament-gauge constructions maximize
ability to cut and spin the ball.

“Polyurethane resin technology has been used in squash strings for some time now, but is relatively new for
racquetball” said Ashaway’s Steve Crandall. “Polyurethane can be formulated to offer many different properties,
and when combined with other materials, like high tenacity nylon multifilament fibers, can provide strings with
exceptional playing characteristics. MultiNick 18 and MultiKill 17 are our first offerings using this innovative
material technology, and we are excited to be able to compete in this market segment.”

The key difference with Ashaway’s polyurethane technology, Crandall explained, is the matrix design. With other
multifilament nylon strings, like Ashaway’s popular SuperNick® XL and SuperKill® XL lines, the core and outer
wear layer elements remain separate, and retain some ability to move relative to one another. The PU resin
in the new MultiNick and MultiKill strings binds the multifilament sheath and surface into a single, unitized
matrix. This gives the string added strength, especially on off-center hits near the edge of the frame that cause
racquetball players so much grief. The
natural adhesive properties of the
polyurethane surface add grip, while the
string retains its soft feel, comfortable
playability and ability to control the ball.

Shiny black in color, both Ashaway’s


polyurethane based strings are
designed for both professional and
amateur players who seek feel, durability
and toughness at all levels of play.
MultiNick 18 squash strings come in 30
ft. individual packages or 360 ft. reels
with recommended string tension up
to 35 lbs. MultiKill 17 racquetball strings
come in 40 ft. individual packages or
360 ft. reels and are recommended to
be strung at up to 40 lbs. tension.

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Designed for Pro‘s. This monofile polyester string offers ultimate control
combined with high ball speed. Now released!

Diese Monofile Polyestersaite wurde speziell für die Anforderungen auf der Profitour entwickelt. Volle Kontrolle bei
hoher Beschleunigung. Jetzt released nach erfolgreichem Einsatz auf der Tour!

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Phone & Fax: +49(0)211-68814151; E-Mail: mmaslo3330@aol.com
2018 ERSA
Symposium and Annual 6 - 9 April 2018
General meeting milano, Italy
Friday, April 6, 2018
20:00 – Welcome Cocktail – Excel Milano 3 Hotel
Samstag, April 7, 2018
9:00 – 17:00 Presentations – Excel Milano 3 Hotel
followed by private lessons
Sunday, April 8, 2018
9:00 – 17:00 Presentations – Excel Milano 3 Hotel
followed by private lessons
Monday, April 9, 2018
9:00 – 13:00 Presentations – Excel Milano 3 Hotel
14:00 - 17:00 Racquet and String Testing - Sporting Club Milano 3
9:00 - 13:00 Certification Testing
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
9:00 – 13:00 Certification Testing

Sign-Up Sheet
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ERSA Member 149€ Single - 94€ / Double - 104€


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NEW 2018 BABOLAT TENNIS SHOES

Speed, agility, stability, support, comfort, and lightness are shoe qualities sought after by tennis players. For 15
years, Babolat has been designing and developing tennis shoes to meet the speci c needs of the sport. Thanks
to its partnership with Michelin, Babolat continues to innovate in this category, and this year offers a new high
performance product: Babolat JET MACH II. An evolution of the previous model, the new JET MACH II will allow
players to go even faster to the ball, to always be quicker than their opponents on the court.

The JET MACH II embodies innovation to enhance performance. This shoe is primarily for players who really want
to feel the court: its lightness - barely 300 grams - will allow players to be quick on their feet and arrive even
faster to the ball.
The challenge of a light shoe is to ensure good support. Composed of Kevlar and four straps of Polyamide ber,
the reinforced upper (top part of the shoe) wraps the foot to ensure a uniform t during lateral movements
(Matryx® 2.0 technology) for even more stability and support.
Cushioning is also a strong point of the JET MACH II. In tennis, players’ feet hit the ground at a 30° angle. That’s
why Babolat has developed a new shock absorption system (KPRS-X) made of EVA material positioned further
to the rear of the shoe to better cushion the heel during tennis speci c movements.

Also new this year, the JET MACH II sole is designed with Michelin Premium DIN20 technology, bringing improved
abrasion resistance and increased traction necessary to stand up to the demands of tennis footwork.
Along with Federico Delbonis (ARG) and Evgeny Donskoy (RUS), Ryan Harrison (USA) has just chosen to play with
the JET MACH II shoes.

Men Women
Sizes : 6 - 13.5 Sizes : 4 - 8

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THE TRAVELING
MACHINE
STRINGWAY light weight stringing machine
The request for a light weight stringing machines comes from the professional players who travel from
tournament to tournament.
Players have a number of reasons why they want to string their own racquets:
- To save cost.
- The difference in stringing result between stringers of different stringing services. - To be able to adjust the
string bed to different circumstances, like court and balls.

The major motivator of the project is our French agent who works a lot with young tennis pros. He motivates
these players to string their own racquets.

The features of the machine are:


- The “constant pull” tension system works with a
spring like with the Stringway foot operated MS200.
A spring is a very reliable and accurate “constant Pull”
driver because it can compensate for minimum loss
of tension during slow elongation of the string. And
it can not “overshoot” the adjusted tension like many
electronic systems do.

- It is very easy for the stringer to check and calibrate


the stringing tension.
A calibrator is supplied with the machine and the
calibration screw comes out of the frame when the
lever is lifted.

- Tension head with automatic lock in the starting


position and automatic release of the lock when a
string is clamped in the tension head.

- The weight of the machine is 7,3 kg including 2 flying


clamps.

- The tension is adjusted with the handle at the end


of the frame and with a scale on top of the frame.

- The tension can be raised or lowered for single pools


in 0,5 kg steps with the small (red) handle behind the
tension adjusting handle.

- The turntable can be locked in 6 positions.

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- The turntable is adjustable very accurately


at the size of the racquet with a screw spindle
which also supplies the “reaction forces” of the
main strings.

- The racquet is supported by a 4 point direct


racquet support.

- Fast clamp system on the racquet support.


The racquet is clamped with a “fast clamp
system”, by switching the lever;
Adjust the little nut by hand and switch the
lever to clamp the racquet. No need to readjust
the nut when you string the same racquet.

- The machine is supplied with high quality double flying clamps and on request with 1 or 2 triple flying clamps.
With the triple clamp loss of tension in the main strings is the same or less than with fixed clamps:
- Because 3 mains are clamped the rotation of the clamp is minimal.
- There is no way “to leak” tension away, because the clamp is not connected with the turntable.

The use of the machine.


During use of the machine it is clamped on the table with the table clamp for maximum handling and convenience.
For “home stringing” the machine can also be clamped on the Stringway stand which are available with a height
of 80 and 86 cm.

Travelcase for the machine.


A travelcase is available for the machine.
The machine is bolted on a mounting plate which is
fixed in the case.
* The case is supplied with a toolbox which can hold parts
of the machine and the stringing tools. The toolbox is
strapped on the mounting plate.

The MSA140 traveler is available in 2 versions the N and


the L.
The MS140L has 4 features that the MS140N does not
have:
- Automatic release of the lock on the tension head
when a string is clamped. On the N the stringer has to
push a button to release the lock.
- The table can be locked in 6 positions.
- The fast clamp system of the racquet, the stringer has to tighten a knob to clamp the racquet on the N.
- The “knot tension function” that can be used to raise the tension in 4 steps of 0,5 kg.

You can find more information at https://www.stringway-stringing-machines.com/

You can download the manual of the machine with this link:
http://www.stringway-nl.com/pdf/Manuals ENG/MS140-MANUAL.pdf

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Miami Open Moves to Dolphine’s Stadium


This is the last year that the Miami Open
will be held in Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park.
In mid-December, Miami-Dade County
commissioners unanimously approved an
agreement that allows the tournament
to move to Hard Rock Stadium, home
of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, starting in
2019. Showcase matches will be in the
main 65,000-seat stadium, which will
be temporarily revamped for tennis.
Tournament owner IMG and Dolphins owner
Stephen Ross plan to spend about $53
million building a new ten- nis complex on
parking lots adjacent to Hard Rock Stadium.
The sticking point in the move was about the amount of money the tournament owed the county from the
past three years. The agreed-on terms capped the expense at $1.8 million.

The Miami Open’s future has been in question since a 2015 appeals court decision prevented upgrades to the
Key Biscayne complex. The tournament has been held on Key Biscayne since 1987.
Hard Rock Stadium is about 18 miles north of Key Biscayne.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Wilson Honors Federer with


‘Platinum’ Collector-Edition Racquet
Long-time Wilson Advisory Staff Member and the “Greatest of All
Time” Men’s Singles player Roger Federer set a new Grand Slam
record at this year’s Australian Open. As the only player to achieve
20 Men’s Singles Champion Grand Slam victories, Roger Federer
has written a new page in tennis history as he continues to awe
players and fans alike at the start of the 2018 ATP season.

To honor Federer’s 20th Grand Slam title, Wilson Sporting Goods


has created an exclusive 20th Grand Slam Platinum Edition Racket
Package, complete with a special Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket
painted in a metallic, glittering platinum-colored paint. The color
platinum is widely used to the mark the achievement of 20th
milestones.

Only 20 of these commemorative Grand Slam Platinum Edition


Racket Packages have been created, each individually numbered
(one through 20) and autographed by Roger Federer following his
championship win.

Along with the limited edition platinum Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket, each package includes a Roger
Federer-signed Australian Open Wilson tennis ball and a premium box to display this commemorative racket
and ball. The Package also includes as a series of mini-posters documenting Federer’s 20 Grand Slams Titles, a
photo of Roger Federer holding the commemorative racket and the certificate of authenticity.

Special features of each exclusive platinum Pro Staff RF97 Autograph include:
Symbols representing each of Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles adorn the inside of the racket’s hoop.
Subtle design nods to the number “20” are incorporated throughout the design motif.
An illustrated version of Roger Federer’s signature appears prominently on the throat of the racket.

The 20th Grand Slam Platinum Edition Racket Packagewill go on sale on Monday, January 29th at 12 PM Eastern
Standard Time (US). There are several ways fans can purchase one of these Packages:
Ten of the Grand Slam Platinum Edition Racket Packages will be offered on www.rogerfederer.com. One hundred
percent of the proceeds from the sale of these ten Packages will go to the Roger Federer Foundation.

Nine of the Platinum Packages will be sold on www.wilson.com, with fifty percent of the proceeds from the
sale of these nine Packages directed to the Roger Federer Foundation and 50 percent of the proceeds going
towards Wilson and its philanthropic partners’ initiatives focused on growing the game of tennis and making a
positive difference in the communities where tennis is played.

SPECIAL NOTE: Fans residing outside the United States are encouraged to visit www.rogerfederer.com to
purchase the 20th Grand Slam Platinum Edition Racket Package. Currently, www.wilson.com is unable to ship to
fans outside the United States.

Wilson will give away one of the Platinum Packages to a lucky tennis fan via social media. Fans are invited to
follow @WilsonTennis on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information and updates on the timing of
this giveaway.

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Stich, Sukova To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame


Germany’s Michael Stich, a Wimbledon champion and former world No.
2, and Czech tennis legend Helena Sukova, a 14-time major champion
in doubles and mixed doubles, have been elected to receive tennis’
ultimate honor this year-induction into the International Tennis Hall
of Fame. On Jan. 25, a celebratory announcement of the Class of 2018
will take place on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open, when other
Hall of Famers and tennis legends will gather on court to celebrate
Stich and Sukova’s election into the Hall of Fame.

Stich and Sukova will be officially inducted into the International


Tennis Hall of Fame on July 21, during Hall of Fame Weekend in
Newport, Rhode Island.In becoming Hall of Famers, Stich and Sukova
join an elite group of just over 250 individuals hailing from 23 nations
who have received the honor, which recognizes their careers as being
among the most accomplished and impactful in the history of tennis.

Both Sukova and Stich will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Player Category. This is not a year of eligibility
for the Hall of Fame’s other two categories - Contributor and Wheelchair.

“I’m very pleased to congratulate and welcome Michael and Helena


in to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Michael’s laser focus
and the versatility in his game made him a Wimbledon champion,
and today, those skills and accomplishments make him a Hall of
Famer. Helena put up outstanding results at all four Slams, the
Olympics, and in WTA competition for nearly two decades,” stated
Hall of Famer Stan Smith, who also serves as president of the Hall
of Fame. “Being elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
ensures that their careers and accomplishments will forever be
distinguished as being among the greatest in our sport’s history.
It’s a well-deserved honor for Helena and Michael, and we look
forward to celebrating with them in Newport in July.

“It’s quite an honor to become part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I’m humbled to be included among
this elite group of tennis athletes, many of whom I so greatly admired and was inspired by throughout my career,”
commented Stich.

“Tennis has a storied history in the Czech Republic, and that history certainly played an important role in my tennis
upbringing and my approach to the game. I grew up in a tennis family and being in awe of the accomplishments
of legends like my mother, Vera, as well as Jan Kodes and Martina Navratilova. It was truly my joy and privilege to
compete for my country, on the WTA tour, and among the greatest tennis players in the world. Today, I’m incredibly
honored to be selected for the Hall of Fame, where the sport’s greatest in history are honored,” remarked Sukova.

The Class of 2018 will be officially inducted on July 21, during Hall of Fame Weekend at the International Tennis
Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony will go on sale on March 5. In addition,
the class will be celebrated in a tribute exhibit in the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which will
open in June and be displayed for one year.
For additional information, please visit www.tennisfame.com

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Hall of Fame loses two members


In November, tennis lost two Hall of Famers: former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, who passed away at 49
from cancer; and famed coach and player Pancho Segura, who died at 96 from complications from Parkinson’s
disease.

Lindt extends partnership with Federer


Swiss chocolatier Lindt has extended its global partnership with Roger Federer as an ambassador for the brand.

PTR partnership with Hungarian Tennis Association


PTR has signed a multi-year partnership with the Hungarian Tennis Association in which PTR will be an Official
Continuing Education partner of the HtA. PTR and HTA will collaborate on an annual Symposium to be held in Budapest.

“PTR is excited to be working with one of the top tennis associations in the world,” says PTR CEO Dan Santorum.
“Hungary has a strong tennis tradition, an excellent association staff, and a talented group of coaches. We are
confident our collaboration will contribute to the growth of tennis in Hungary.”

“PTR provides world-class and accredited tennis education that will be very beneficial to coaches in Hungary,” adds
Attila Richter, CEO of the HTA.

ERSA Symposium Update


We are scheduling all the presentations now.
We hope to have all the presenters fixed by the end of December.
Here is a list of some of them:

PRESENTATIONS:
R&D Presentations from Dunlop, Head, Yonex, Sergetti, Pro-T-One, Stringlab.it
2018 ERSA
Symposium and Annual
Natural Gut – Richard Parnell General meeting
Luxilon Strings – Nico van Malderen 6 - 9 April 2018
Nikki Roenn – Cosmetic Customizing milano, Italy
Nick Down – Squash News, new Products, Tournament Stringing update
Technology in Tennis – Smart rackets, Smart Courts, newest technologies
WORKSHOPS:
Nikki Roenn - Racket Painting
Mark Maslowski – Tournament Stringing
Ricardo Dipold – Grip Moulding
Mark Maslowski – Racket Tuning
Ing. Gabriele Medri – pro-T-One
Racket and String Testing – Test all the latest rackets, strings, prototype Rackets for the next year
Badminton and Squash Stringing – Expand your stringing knowledge

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MSV Tour News and new Products Information


It is no secret anymore that more and more top ATP and WTA
players chose MSV strings for their tour. One of them is Ruben
Ramirez Hidalgo (ATP High Rank #50) who decided to play with
the MSV Focus Hex Ultra switching from a top Belgium brand.
Sandro Ehrat a long standing MSV player (Focus Hex Plus 25) just
won the Swiss Champion Trophy which is a great success. (Ok,
Roger Federer, another great Swiss player did not participate)

Again MSV Focus Hex Ultra was selected as the string for the
2018 racquet play-test of the German tennisMAGAZIN.

This graphic already shows the new MSV Co Ultra string


which will be launched in May. It comes with the same high
performance material like the MSV Focus Hex Ultra but in a
round shape. We got a lot of inquiries from top ATP players for a
round shape of this excellent string.

Finally we want to draw your attention to the all-new MSV


PlayCoach V 150 tennis ball machine:
- It provides all relevant throwing functions, a very robust
construction and a hybrid power supply (via A/C power cable
and Lithium battery in one machine).
- 49 trajectories and different points on the court can be
controlled by the multi-functional remote.
- The adjustable ball speed ranges from 20 km/h to 140 km/h.
- The ball capacity is 150 balls.
- There is a 2-year-warranty.
- Compared to equally equipped machines on the market the
recommended retail price of the MSV PlayCoach is very attractive: 1,990 EURO incl. 19% VAT.

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WTA Finals Awarded to Shenzhen, China


The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced its selection of the city of Shenzhen, China to host the WTA
Finals, the most prestigious event on the WTA calendar, from 2019 through 2028.

Gemdale Corporation, one of China’s largest and leading real estate developers, submitted the winning bid. The
company’s bid includes building a state-of-the-art venue in the city’s downtown area, with seating for 12,000
people, and record prize money of $14 million for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams, double the
previous purse.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that the dynamic city of Shenzhen has been chosen to host the WTA
Finals for the next decade,” said Steve Simon, WTA CEO and Chairman. “This will easily be the largest and most
significant WTA Finals deal in the 45 years since the WTA was founded and promises to take the event to a
spectacular new level.”

“Shenzhen is honored to have been selected as host for the WTA Finals,” said Liu Fengning, General Manager,
Shenzhen Gemdale Sports Industry Co., Ltd. “This world class event will attract local and foreign tennis fans and
add to Shenzhen’s reputation as an outward-looking and vibrant global city. We embrace the WTA’s values of
inclusiveness and equality, and are grateful for the opportunity to add to China’s tennis legacy by staging an
event that encourages young generations to take up the sport.”

Billie Jean King, pioneer and founder of the WTA,


remarked, “It is absolutely incredible to witness
the growth of the WTA season-ending event and
Shenzhen will be a fantastic home for the WTA
Finals. The first Finals were played in 1972, in Boca
Raton, Florida, before the WTA was formed, and had
$100,000 in total prize money. The record setting
$14 million purse set for Shenzhen reflects the global
strength of our sport and how Shenzhen and China
have embraced women’s tennis.”

Sam Stosur, WTA Player Council member commented, “I am impressed by the sheer magnitude of Shenzhen’s
offer. The increased prize money and the construction of a new stadium with naming rights is incredible. But
significantly, the financial backing and government commitment is an exceptional investment in the WTA that
will help to develop women’s tennis in all corners of the world for years. It’s an exciting day and time for me and
all our WTA players.”

2019 will mark the 49th staging and Shenzhen is the 10th different city to host the WTA Finals.

Facing Sampras: Symposium of a Champion


Here is a new book by sports journalist Mark “Scoop” Malinowski, in which competitors and rivals of Pete Sampras
discuss in detail their memories and experiences of playing tennis against the seven-time Wimbledon champion,
who reigned for six years as the ATP World No. 1-ranked tennis player.

It is Malinowski’s ninth tennis book and is now available at Amazon.com.

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Tennis Europe appoints new CEO


Tennis Europe has announced the appointment of Thomas
Hammerl as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

Hammerl, 45, is a former CEO of the Austrian Tennis Federation,


where he was responsible for overseeing the organisation’s
sponsoring, commercial operations and communications and
served as Davis & Fed Cup Team Manager. He has also served
on the Junior Tennis Committees of both Tennis Europe and
the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in recent years.

Tennis Europe President Vladimir Dmitriev commented, “Tennis


Europe is excited to begin a fresh chapter with the new CEO.
Thomas’ extensive experience with national federations, his strong marketing background and profound understanding
of the tennis ecosystem made him stand out as the ideal candidate to ensure Tennis Europe’s continued growth, to
oversee the implementation of a new business strategy and to continue the excellent work of our dedicated staff.”

“I am delighted and extremely motivated to join Tennis Europe,” said Hammerl. “I am pleased that the Board
was convinced by my pledge to focus on leadership, communication, sponsorship, development and integrity.
Together with the President, Board and staff, I look forward to executing an ambitious new strategy for the
prosperity and growth of Tennis Europe and its member nations.”

The appointment followed a 10-week recruitment process that attracted almost 200 applications. An
Assessment Committee carried out interviews with an initial shortlist before meeting the final four candidates
for face-to-face interviews in Zürich, after which the final decision was taken by the Board of Management.

The Board also announced that Magnus Grönvold would be promoted to the new role of Chief Operating Officer,
working closely with the new CEO at the regional association’s headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Tennis Europe flagship senior competition


dates and venues confirmed
Tennis Europe has announced the dates and venues for two of the region’s flagship senior tennis competitions –
the European Senior Championships and European Senior Club Championships. The announcement follows the
completion of an open bidding process, which led to three-year agreements with the new hosts of each event.

The European Senior Championships will be moving to Pörtschach in Austria, during the week of 11-17 June. The
Regional Closed (RC1) event is Europe’s most prestigious in terms of ranking points and will see all men’s and ladies’
age categories in action (35-85). After a one-year break, the European Senior Club Championships are heading
back to the award-winning La Manga Club resort in Spain, where the event was successfully held from 2012 to
2016. The event will be staged over two weeks, with the ‘Super Senior’ 60-75 age groups in action first, from 9-14
September. They will be followed by the 35-55 age categories, from 17-22 September. One of the biggest events in
European tennis, last year’s competition attracted a total of 92 teams, comprised of 470 players. The tournament
is open to national club champions and runners-up from each of Tennis Europe’s 50 member nations.

Further information including the tournament fact sheets will be released in due course.
For further information, please contact Nadja Koran: nadjak@tenniseurope.org

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DUNLOP SIGNS NEW EQUIPMENT CONTRACTS WITH A


HOST OF ATP & WTA PLAYERS TO KICK OFF 2018
Dunlop announced new players Donald Young, Jamie Murray, Heather Watson as well as rising stars Bjorn
Fratangelo, Taylor Townsend, Louisa Chirico and Dalma Galfi have all chosen Dunlop rackets as they embark on
their 2018 seasons.

“Our top priority heading into 2018 was to assemble a dynamic group of players who we know will be great
ambassadors for our brand. We are extremely excited about this group of players who are familiar and emerging
names to tennis fans,” said Kai Nitsche, VP and General Manager for Dunlop Sports Group Americas. “Kevin
Anderson made it to the U.S. Open final with his CX 2.0 Tour LE, and so there was definitely a buzz on Tour about
our rackets and the technology that goes into them. And today we’re pleased to share the news that Donald,
Jamie, Heather, Bjorn, Taylor, Louisa and Dalma have all joined Team Dunlop.”

Donald Young (USA)


Over the past several years, 28-year-old Donald Young has
cemented a spot on the ATP Tour with his consistent play as
one of the top American players. Entering 2018 he rests at
number 61 and will look to improve upon his 2017 second
round result in Australia.
Racket: CX 2.0

Jamie Murray (GBR)


Jamie Murray is one of the most successful British doubles
players of all time with a string of Grand Slam and ATP titles
under his belt. He also re-wrote history by helping Great
Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015 for the first time since 1936.
A former Dunlop player, Murray re-joins the brand hoping to
add more trophies to his name and emulate his 2016 season
where he reached no.1 in the world rankings.
Racket: CX 2.0

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)


24-year-old Bjorn Fratangelo will look to start 2018 positively
with the aim of getting back into the Top 100 (he currently
rests at 110). In 2017 Fratangelo reached his first ever ATP
Tour semifinal in Newport and took down world number 30
Giles Simon as well.
Racket: CX 2.0

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Heather Watson (GBR)
Current British women’s no.2, Heather Watson joins the brand hoping
to build on her 3 WTA tour titles and continue to challenge for the
number one the ranking spot in her home country. Watson achieved a
career high WTA world ranking of 38 in 2015 and is currently ranked 74.
Racket: CX 2.0 LS

Taylor Townsend (USA)


21-year-old Taylor Townsend, a former junior world no.1, finished off
her 2017 campaign with three titles in her final five events, raising her
ranking from 132 to 95. She’s looking forward to big things in 2018.
Racket: CX 2.0

Louisa Chirico (USA)


In 2018, 21-year-old Louisa Chirico will look to regain her status as one
of the most promising young American players. In 2016 she turned
her love of clay court tennis into some impressive results, including a
run to the semis in Madrid, where she beat Victoria Azarenka along
the way.
Racket: CV F 3.0 Tour

Dalma Galfi (HUN)


19-year-old Hungarian star Dalma Galfi will look to continue her rise
up the world rankings in 2018. She is a former junior no.1 player and
is now looking to cement her place on the WTA Tour.
Racket: CV 3.0

The new player signings coincide with the global release of Dunlop’s new 2018 CV Series. This range of rackets
focuses on providing unbeatable power, speed and spin through a variety of specifications suited to all playing
styles and abilities. The range, powered by Srixon technology, features two different racket geometries; CV F
which is designed for speed, power and comfort and CV designed for power and spin. All CV F models feature the
acclaimed Sonic Core technology and the CV series features 2nd generation Sonic Core VG technology, which
enhances vibration damping.

The CV Series rackets look to build on the success of the CX and CZ Series rackets which continue to receive very
positive feedback following their launch in 2017.

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Babos and Kostyuk continue hot 2018 start


New member to Team Yonex, Timea Babos, captured
her 3rd WTA singles title at the 2018 Taiwan Open.
The hard-hitting Hungarian has been seeing
amazing results since her switch to Yonex. The title
comes after a strong 2018 start, with a quarterfinal
showing in Shenzhen, a first Top 10 singles win and
Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open.
Babos described this incredible run as an “amazing
5 1/2 weeks.” Ever since the change to the VCORE SV,
the Hungarian has found confidence in her game
commenting that her racquet has “excellent speed
and control, which lets me trust my shots.”

In women’s doubles, the pair of Ying-Ying Duan/


Yafan Wang got the better of Nao Hibino/Oksana
Kalashnikova pair in a VCORE showdown. The
tournament was full of Yonex news as Yonex served as
the official ball and official stringer during the event.

15 year-old Marta Kostyuk continues to shine in the pro tour spotlight. The teenager came away victorious on
the ITF Women’s Circuit with her 2nd title at the Caterpillar Burnie International in Australia. The win comes right
after the young Ukrainian captured the hearts of tennis fans during her stunning 7-match win streak for a 3rd
round showing at the Australian Open, making her the youngest player to make the 3rd round of the tournament
since Martina Hingis in 1996. The title has launched Kostyuk to World No. 185 in the rankings, making her the
youngest female within the Top 200. As she transitions from the junior to professional tournaments, the WTA
Tour will become her primary battleground as her ranking surges upwards.

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Indonesia Masters: Staying strong in 2018!


Gideon and Kevin open with a victory
The finals of the Indonesia Masters (Super 500/Jakarta) took place
on the 28th, and local players such as Anthony Sinisuka Ginting,
Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo showed their strength.

Ginting, commanding men’s singles, took home his first title since
the Korea Open Super Series, defeating highly-ranked contenders
such as Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) and Chen Long (China) in
close contests. At 21 years old, he continues to defy expectations.

Gideon and Kevin celebrated their first event this year with a
victory. In their final against the No. 2 seeded team, they lost
their first game but came back to win 11-21, 21-10, 21-16. The
young pair, who won the championship in 2017 and tied the
record for most titles in a year with six, continued to lead the
men’s doubles this season, both in name and in substance.

In women’s doubles, Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo (Japan) took the title. 2017 was a frustrating
season for them as they missed their opportunity to compete in the Super Series Finals. This year they appear
determined to reclaim their No. 1 ranking.

India Open: New queen, Zhang Beiwen! Gideon and


Kevin on a 5-tournament winning streak since 2017
The excitement of the final day of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open (Super
500, New Delhi) unfolded in front of a huge crowd on Sunday, the 4th,
and of the 16 finalists, 15 were using Yonex equipment.

A new queen emerged in women’s singles. Ranked 11th in the world,


Zhang Beiwen (America) claimed her first championship of the Super
500 (previously the Super Series). Zhang overtook local Pusarla V.
Sindhu (India) in the closing moments of the final to carry out the win.
Originally born in China, Zhang emigrated to the U.S. five years ago at
the age of 22, and now competes as an American.

Pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Gideon continue their 2-week winning streak! Since joining team
Yonex in 2017, they have won 9 of 11 matches. The pair burst onto the scene at last year’s China Open and have
taken home five consecutive championships since. Nicknamed the “Minions,” they’re enjoying a rapid rise in
popularity due to their incredible success.

In women’s doubles, Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu (Indonesia) secured their second tournament victory.
While in mixed doubles, Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen (Denmark), who began playing together
in the second half of 2017, took home their first title as a pair. “This win gives us confidence. Today went really
well,” they said, reflecting on the match.

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Bollettieri,Murray Presenting at the


PTR Tennis Symposium
Nick Bolettieri and Judy Murray are headline speakers at the PTR International Tennis Symposium, which will be
held Feb. 13-16 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. For more information or to register for the Symposium, visit ptrtennis.
org or call 843-785-7244.

Bollettieri is an author, philanthropist, motivational speaker, commentator, mentor, advisor and clinician
and at 86 is still coaching daily. He is a member of 10 halls of fame, including the International Tennis Hall of
Fame and the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.

Murray, coach of former No. 1 Andy Murray, is a former Scottish tennis player with 64 national titles. She became
Scottish National Coach in 1995. In 2011, she was appointed captain of the British Fed Cup team. She has
developed several tennis initiatives, including Miss-Hits, a starter program for girls ages 5 to 8, that she will
present at the PTR Symposium.

Tennis Threads Magazine media partner of TIA UK


The TIA UK has announced the appointment of Tennis Threads
magazine as its new Media Partner in order to further promote
the association’s activities as well as those of its members.

The agreement is effective from the 1st of January 2018.

Tennis Threads was launched in January 2017 and has quickly


established itself as the foremost tennis journal in the country
and the only magazine to publish on a monthly basis.

As part of the arrangement, Tennis Threads will be dedicating


pages for the TIA UK to promote and announce its activities
and those of its members whilst also incorporating industry
news items which the publishers consider of interest to the
association’s membership. The pages will also be offered to
the membership as a platform for their own new products and
services.

In addition, Tennis Threads will be discounting advertising rates to the membership which the TIA UK will
promote as a Membership Benefit.

Paul Johnson the founder and Publisher of Tennis Threads said ‘We are delighted to provide the TIA UK with a
window to our readership. This agreement reinforces our position as the UK’s No.1 provider of quality content
for Tennis fans, players and clubs”.

Steve Matthews, TIA UK Chairman commented:


“We are delighted that Tennis Threads approached the Board who through our Executives will work closely with
the magazine to enable them to effectively report and promote the work of the TIA UK and its members”.

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Nike Names New Building After Serena Williams


Nike will name a new building that covers 1
million square feet after Serena Williams, and
a new fitness center after Duke basketball
coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The new buildings are part of Nike’s HQ


expansion in Beaverton, Ore. The building
named for the 23-time Grand Slam
champion, a Nike athlete since 2003, will be
the biggest on the campus and is slated to
be finished in 2019.

Oscar Nomination for ‘Battle of the Sexes’


The leading stars of the movie Battle of the Sexes, which premiered in September, were nominated for Golden
Globe awards. Steve Carell, who played Bobby Riggs, and Emma Stone, who played Billie Jean King, were
nominated for Best Performance
(Musical or Comedy).

ERSA TIPS
ERSA Racket Customizing
With all of the training we have given in customizing, many members are offering these services to their
customers. We are offering at the 2018 Symposium new courses in Grip Moulding and Racket Painting. If you are
interested in offering these services to your customers, but not confident to do it yourself, some of our members
will do grip moulding and painting for your customers.

Widen your Expertise


At the 2018 Symposium we are offering Badminton
and Squash courses and certification. This could
be a new source of income for you at your shop.
It will at least put you one level above any of your
competition in your area. There are only a few
people in the world with tennis, badminton and
squash professional certification.

Upgrade you Shop


We were guilty of not modernizing our shops
for years. I made plans but due to tournament
stringing and workshops, I kept putting it off.
Since remodelling our shops, our sales have gone
up 20% this winter over last winter.

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ERSA Ukraine
Sergey Konovalenko, ERSA UKRAINE Manager - with his company Kinetik, Ltd, Prince importer Ukraine, on
behalf of ERSA UKRAINE, is offering training and stringing machines and equipment to INTERSPORT UKRAINE.

INTERSPORT UKRAINE, intends, in the near future, to build in Ukraine many new stores and looking to integrate
ERSA UKRAINE training and certification into their system.

ERSA Italy
Marco Rosanni- ERSA Italy Manager has offered training and certification courses in the last two months.

An Advance One-on-One Course was given to Eros Melis from Milano on December 11 and a Basic Course was
given to Emanuele Zanotti – Cuneo (CN) and Andrea Gomiero – S.Massimo (VR) on December 4.

On January 15 an Advanced Course was given to Pierfrancesco Rossi – Bibbiena (AR) and a Basic Course One
onOne given to Stefano Damian – San Vendemiano (TV) on January 29.

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