#1 US Tennis Player, John Isner, And Leading Tennis Equipment And Footwear Brand, Prince, Continue Multi-Million Dollar Partnership
BORDENTOWN, N.J., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Prince Global Sports, a leading tennis equipment and footwear company, announced today it has renewed a partnership with #1 ranked American tennis player, John Isner, who will continue to use his Prince EXO(3 )Warrior 100 racquet, and wear Prince footwear. Since 1994, Isner has played with Prince products and continues to choose the leading tennis equipment and footwear brand to help take his career to the next level.
Active Brands Company, an Omaha based company, formed Prince Global Sports in 2012 as a wholly owned subsidiary to acquire all of the operating assets from Prince Sports, Inc. and exclusive global rights to the Prince brand from Authentic Brands Group with the exception of certain Asian markets. “The company is committed to strengthening its long-term relationships within the global tennis community and to that end we are thrilled to have Isner, a 2012 US Open contender, as a part of the Prince organization and continuing his use of Prince products to support his game,” said John Schuele, Vice Chairman of Prince Global Sports.
Since his professional career began in 2007, Isner, the #1 ranked American tennis player, has been recognized as one of the future stars of American tennis. In 2012, his wins over Top 10 players include Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tisparevic.
Isner is also the winner of the longest professional tennis match in history – a 5 set, 11 hour, 5 minute marathon – over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010.
“I’m really excited to continue to work with Prince,” said John Isner. “I’ve been playing with Prince racquets since I was 9 years old, it’s the tool that I am comfortable with on the court.”
“Our group has had many positive discussions with the new owners and management of Prince Global over the past several weeks,” said Isner’s manager, Sam Duvall, of LagardÃ¨re Unlimited. “It is great to see the energy and passion that is going to be injected into Prince, one of the most long-standing brands in our sport.”
Prince Global Sports is committed to continually delivering top-quality tennis products in all categories – outfitting players with the very best in racquets, footwear, strings, balls and accessories. “Our partnership with John is a natural fit,” said Tyler Herring, head of Product Development for Prince Global Sports. “Our goal is to develop product that will improve each and every player’s game and John will be an integral part of this process moving forward.”
About Prince Global Sports LLC
Prince Global Sports, LLC, is a leading racquet sports company with a focused commitment to research and development and game-changing technical product innovations. The company is widely recognized as being the first to market with many of the most relevant technologies of the past 40 years. Oversize technology, Longbody technology, the first multifilament string, the first “Natural Foot Shape” tennis shoe and EXO3 technology, are a few of the contributions Prince has made to the sport. Today, the Company engineers products in all tennis categories including Racquets, Footwear, Tennis Balls, Strings, Grips, Bags, Machines and Accessories. Prince patented technologies can also be found in leading performance brands in archery, baseball, field hockey, hockey and lacrosse. The portfolio of brands within Prince Global Sports includes Prince, Ektelon and Viking. Prince Global Sports is a wholly owned subsidiary of Active Brands Company with offices in New Jersey, London, France, Holland and Taiwan. Learn more information at www.princetennis.com.
About Active Brands Company
Active Brands Company is an Omaha based company focused on advancing innovative branded products for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts through subsidiaries such as Prince Global Sports and Battle Sports Science, a maker of innovative protective and performance sports products. Active Brands Company is majority owned by Waitt Company. Learn more information at www.battlesportsscience.com .
About Waitt Company
Waitt Company is an Omaha based investment company with a focus on opportunities to partner with committed owners and proven management teams to support the strategies for growing the enterprise value of their companies. Waitt Company builds effective, long-term relationships with founders, families, and management teams pursuing a variety of risk appropriate strategies for building long-term enterprise value. Learn more information at www.waittcompany.com .
About Lagardere Unlimited
Lagardere Unlimited represents some of the world’s best athletes in Sports and Entertainment, including Tennis, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Sailing, Mixed Martial Arts, Fencing, Track and Field, Swimming, Motorsports, Cricket, Golf, Coaches, Living Legends and Entertainment. LagardÃ¨re Unlimited also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorship opportunities. The company operates worldwide with offices in NY, LA, DC, Miami, Paris, and Singapore. Currently, LagardÃ¨re Unlimited represents some of the best sporting clients around the globe: including Phil Mickelson, Andy Roddick, John Wall, Dwight Howard, Reggie Bush, Sachin Tendulkar, Joakim Noah, John Isner, Victoria Azarenka, SÃ©bastien Chabal, GaÃ«l Monfils and Caroline Wozniacki. Learn more information at www.lagardere-unlimited.com.
Prince Global Sports
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