James Blake Returns to Dunlop
Fan Favorite & Nine-Time Champion Inks New Deal
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05/26/07 - Paris--Dunlop Sports Group Americas announced today that James Blake has rejoined the Dunlop Tour Team, the most accomplished in tennis. Presently ranked # 8 in the world, Blake is the highest ranked American player to sign with Dunlop since John McEnroe in 1981. Adding to the excitement, Blake will be playing with a Dunlop frame at the French Open, his first tournament since re-signing and where Dunlop is the official ball supplier. Dunlop plans to unveil which one of its cutting-edge Aerogel racquets James Blake will play at the Wimbledon championships.
“I began my professional career at Dunlop, have played the best tennis of my career with a Dunlop frame and I am looking forward to calling Dunlop home again,” said Blake. “The new Aerogel racquet technology provides several frame specifications that will suit my game well and give me the confidence to know that I can take my career to new heights.”
Known for his speed and powerful forehand, Blake was first signed by Dunlop when he turned pro in 1999. He has won a total of 9 professional singles titles and finished 2006 at a career-high World #4. His unwillingness to accept defeat in the face of adversity and his charisma both on and off the court have made him a fan favorite.
“James has enormous talent, presence and respect on tour,” said Neil Morton, CEO of Dunlop Sports Group Americas. “He epitomizes what Dunlop tennis is all about. We’re excited to have him back, and we know he’ll have continued success playing with Aerogel.”
With Blake, Dunlop continues the strong momentum built behind its line of Aerogel racquets which has received a number of ‘best in class’ awards around the world. Aerogel is being played by an increasing number of top tour professionals and top junior players – its success made clear through record sales.
Dunlop Sports now boasts 4 players in the ATP top 12 -- James Blake (8th), Tommy Robredo (9th), Tommy Haas (10th), and Tomas Berdych (12th) -- all of them playing with the extraordinary technology of the new Dunlop Aerogel racquet.
About Dunlop Sports Group Americas
Dunlop Sports Group Americas, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dunlop Slazenger International, Ltd. is known worldwide by sports enthusiasts who value quality and performance in their sporting goods equipment. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, the company’s product line spans tennis racquets and tennis balls; squash racquets and balls; Carlton badminton racquets and shuttles; golf balls, golf accessories and golf clubs. International endorsers include tennis legend John McEnroe, world squash champion Jonathon Power and three-time world long-drive golf champion Sean Fister. For further information phone: 800.768.4727.
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