Tennis Europe and HEAD extend partnership
Tennis Europe and HEAD will celebrate ten years of cooperation after the two organisations announced a further two-year extension to their comprehensive partnership, due to last until the end of 2017.
HEAD, who has been the Official Racquet, Tennis Ball and Tennis Bag partner of the European Federation since 2007, will maintain a strong focus on Tennis Europe’s junior activities. HEAD balls will continue to be promoted as the Recommended Ball of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour, which marked its 25th anniversary in 2015. The Tour now consists of over 360 international events for players aged 12, 14 or 16 & Under, played in almost all of the organisation’s 50 member nations.
HEAD will also continue in its role as Official Partner of the Tour’s most prestigious individual competitions, the European Junior Championships and Tennis Europe Junior Masters. Furthermore, it will extend its tenure as the presenting sponsor of the sport’s largest indoor team competition, the Tennis Europe Winter Cups, which is currently under way, and the summer 12 & Under team event, the Tennis Europe Nations Challenge.
Tennis Europe Chief Executive Officer Olli Mäenpää remarked, “Working so closely with the world’s best equipment manufacturer over the years has enabled us to strengthen and promote the Tennis Europe Junior Tour, providing extra services to players and tournament organisers alike, while assisting HEAD in reaching the next generation of elite players. We very much welcome and appreciate HEAD’s commitment to this development of the sport, and look forward to another fruitful and productive two years of working together.”
Ottmar Barbian, Executive Vice President HEAD Racquetsports, said: “We are excited to extend our partnership with Tennis Europe that allows us to further support the Junior Tour with innovative HEAD products and expertise.”
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Tennis Europe (by constitution European Tennis Federation) is the largest regional association of the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation. As a non-profit organizing body of European tennis, based in Basel, Switzerland, Tennis Europe is comprised of 50 member nations and cooperates with constituent national federations to sanction, manage and support well over 1000 international tennis tournaments each year across the continent. Tennis Europe maintains excellent relations with the ATP and WTA Tours, European Union, and the wider tennis industry.
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