November 9th, 2012

HEAD ATP - Official Ball of this week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

The ATP and HEAD announced the extension of their partnership for a further five years in London. Under the agreement, HEAD will continue to be the official tennis ball of the ATP World Tour, as well as the official ball of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, through 2017.

The agreement marks an extension to a partnership which started in 1994 and will celebrate its 20-year anniversary on January 1st 2014, making HEAD the longest-standing partner of the ATP.

“HEAD is one of the most established brands in our sport and has been a great partner for the ATP for many years,” said Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President. “We’re delighted to extend our partnership a further five years and look forward to continuing to build on our successful relationship.”

“The continuation of our long-term partnership with the ATP strengthens our position as a leading brand on the ATP World Tour,” added Ottmar Barbian, Vice President and Division Manager HEAD Racquet Sports. “We are proud to not only provide the racquets for several outstanding players in the Top 10, but also to be trusted as official ball supplier to the Tour on an ongoing basis.”

All matches at this week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London’s O2 arena will be played with the HEAD ATP ball, which also served as official ball for the ATP Masters 1000 events in Shanghai and Paris this season. It’s the best ball in tennis,” ATP world No.1 Novak Djokovic confirms. “Whenever I can, I definitely choose that ball!” Next to Novak Djokovic, HEAD players Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych are once again among the eight contenders battling for the title at this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London’s O2 arena this week.

The HEAD ATP ball with Encore™ technology and SmartOptik™ felt for better visibility embodies three decisive advantages for pros and amateur players: it picks up more spin, allows even better control and stands out with its improved durability.

The HEAD ATP will also be the ball of choice in the Davis Cup final between Czech Republic – led by HEAD player Tomas Berdych – and Spain later this month. In almost 50% of all encounters in the Davis Cup World Group in 2012, the home team chose to play with the HEAD ATP ball.

This week, the HEAD ATP Ball Shooter competition offers tennis fans the chance to win a year’s supply of HEAD ATP balls, as well as tickets for the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. To ‘shoot & win’, simply go to http://www.facebook.com/headtennis - or visit the HEAD booth in the Fan Zone at the O2 arena and take part in the special competition on-court!