HEAD is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium sports equipment. It is a technology driven company, its motto being Superior Performance Through Superior Technology. The company can trace its roots back to 1950 when Howard Head, the inventor of the first metal ski, founded it. The Tyrolia bindings and Mares diving brands were added in the 1970’s and more recently the Penn balls and Dacor diving brands were acquired during the 1990’s. HEAD has been under its present management since 1996 and is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. Its current operations are organized into four divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving and Licensing. HEAD holds leading positions in all of product markets and its products are endorsed by some of the world’s top athletes including Richard Gasquet, Andrew Murray, Ivan Ljubicic, Svetlana Kuznetsova. HEAD products are sold through over 29,000 accounts including pro shops, specialty sporting goods stores and mass merchants in over 85 countries around the world.
I play with Head Prestige Microgel Midplus racquets. It is a great, powerful frame with a lot of control which is just right for me.
It was in June 1973 that Lotto made its debut among sports footwear manufacturers. Tennis shoes signalled the beginning of production, followed by models for basketball, volleyball, athletics and football. Sports clothing took the stage afterwards. In the first 10 years, Lotto focused on the Italian market, becoming a reference brand in the sports articles segment and a leading company in tennis. In June 1999 the Company was taken over by a group of local business people who were already very active in the sports segment. Today, the performance segment has now been strengthened, in line with the new corporate mission. Special focus is given to footwear and technical clothing for football and tennis, also supporting the brand's worldwide leadership with products that are right on the cutting edge in terms of innovation and design. In parallel, based on production, technical and stylistic know-how, an idea has been developed for men's and women's leisure clothing and footwear with a sport-inspired image and taste in terms of the selection of fabrics, colours and styles. Underwear, stationery and cosmetics with Lotto branding are also manufactured and distributed under licence by third-party companies.
Lotto is definitely one of the leading tennis clothing companies in the world. What makes it really unique, however, is the way they treat people, both their players and clients. I wouldn’t exchange this relationship for anything else.
Signum Pro is a German company specialising in tennis strings, accessories and stringing machines. Its collection is well priced, of a high quality and very much unique.
I play with half natural gut and half synthetic. These strings are perfectly developed for hard and fast hitters (that is for me).