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Prince Extends Popular O3 Speedport Black Racquet Line

July 8, 2008 01:46 PM

Bordentown, NJ – June 30, 2008 – The O3 Speedport Black has become one of the best-selling, hottest tennis racquets in the world. An extremely versatile frame, “The Black” is being used by players of all levels – from two #1 ranked ATP touring pros to frequent recreational and league players. It has achieved its popularity and received numerous accolades due to its balanced blend of feel and power. As a result, an even greater number of players around the world have made the conversion to the most impactful and visible racquet technology in tennis - O3 (large ports built into the frame of the racquet).

Now, building off the success of the original O3 Speedport Black model, Prince is introducing two new versions of the popular racquet to bring the frame to more player types. Beginning July 1, players will have three options in the extended O3 Speedport Black family – the O3 Speedport Black, O3 Speedport Black Team and O3 Speedport Black Longbody.

O3 Speedport Black Team: The Team version is a slightly lighter, even more maneuverable frame than its original counterpart. The Team is a perfect transitional racquet for a player - perhaps a younger competitive junior player - who likes the feel of the O3 Speedport Black, but would benefit from a slightly lighter frame. In addition, for players who want a smaller grip size, the O3 Speedport Black Team is available in a grip size zero (0).

O3 Speedport Black Longbody: The O3 Speedport Black Longbody is designed for more advanced players who want a longer frame to generate even faster racquet head speed – leading to more power and more spin – as well as extended reach and court coverage.

“This offering brings a winning racquet to a wider array of players,” said Tyler Herring, Product Manager for Performance Racquets at Prince. “The new Team and Longbody versions are built for the large community of players who prefer a racquet in these particular specs but want to play with the O3 Speedport Black and might not have picked up the racquet otherwise.”

Customization:
Once players decide which version of the racquet is right for them, they can further customize their racquet in both feel and cosmetic – something completely unique to the O3 Speedport Black. All three versions will continue to give players the chance to select either the String Hole or String Port Inserts – a feature introduced in the original O3 Speedport Black – providing two distinct options in terms of hitting feel off the string bed. Now, in addition to choosing which inserts to use, players can also choose which color they want their inserts to come in – thus giving them the ability to design their O3 Speedport Black cosmetic in more than 2,400 color combinations.

In coming days, players will be able to go to: www.princetennis.com and Prince’s online customization tool to test out various cosmetic combinations and arrive at their perfect Speedport Black. They can then print it out, forward to a friend, and bring their creation to a retailer in order to make it a reality.

The O3 Speedport Black Family – Comparison Chart

O3 Speedport Black

O3 Speedport Black LB

O3 Speedport Black Team

Head Size

100

100

100

Weight

10.8oz / 305g

10.8oz / 305g

9.9oz / 280g

Balance

32.0cm / 7pts Head Light

32.0cm / 9 pts Head Light

34.5cm / 1 pt Head Heavy

Length

27”

27.5”

27”

Swing Weight

295

305

295

Cross Section

23-24-22 mm

23-24-22 mm

23-24-22 mm

Power levels

975

975

975

Grip Sizes

1 – 5

1 – 5

0 – 5

Grip

DuraPro Black

DuraPro Black

DuraPro Grey

String

PSG w/Duraflex 16

PSG w/Duraflex 16

PSG w/Duraflex 16

Inserts

Black

Black

Grey

String Pattern

16x19

16x19

16x19

 

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