how do i get a babolat sponsorship

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  1. bigmanoncampus

    bigmanoncampus Rookie

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    i am a 4.0-5.0 high school player and i was looking for a bablot pure control racket. i was told htat i could contact babalot for a sponsorship of sorts where i would get 3 rackets a bag and some apparel for a set price. can anyone give me more details for this or any other company?
    thanks
     
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  2. David Pavlich

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    You have to be rated at least top 20 in your section (Southern, Florida, etc). State rankings are pretty much meaningless.

    What you will get is 3 frames, a big bag, some strings, a hat and a t-shirt at wholesale price.

    David
     
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  3. spinbalz

    spinbalz Hall of Fame

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    Tell them you can hit a 156 mph service with a PD+.
     
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  4. Jay34

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    Not that David needs my backup on this, but he's right. You have to at least have a USTA sectional ranking before any company will even look at you. my advice would be to start playing as many USTA's as you can, maybe they'll give you a looksee. good luck
     
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  5. tennisboy87

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    Babolat, along with most other companies, requires at least a top 10 if not a top 5 ranking in your section.
     
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  6. Smashlob

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    For babolat it's actually top 3 sectional ranking and/or Top 150 nationally for the preferred players program. This is not easy to accomplish! It requires serious training and/or insane natural talent.
     
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  7. perfmode

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    By the time you are top 150 nationally, you're not going to want to switch racquets.
     
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  8. thebeast

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    unless babolat is a lot different than most other companies. Just find a coach who can give out the preferred players deals(if you are his/her student or good friend). You can't be a bad high school player, but its not required that you are top 150.

    I know for prince it used to be top 300 and you were sponsored, like free, not like discounted rate.
     
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  9. Hedges

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    For the money you'll spend on all the necessary USTA tournies, you could buy the rackets and bag yourself...and have lots of $$ left over.

    Focus on getting some tennis financial assistance at a decent college. It's not that hard to do at a smaller college. That's where you'll get the big bucks payback for your tennis.
     
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  10. TopSpinner

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    Is the USTA Ranking for sponsorship only apply to High school players? We have few players on our USTA 4.0 team that would meet the ranking requirements but they are in their 30s. Would they qualify for Yonex sponsorship and can you do this with more than one racquet company?
     
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  11. bigmanoncampus

    bigmanoncampus Rookie

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    how do i do this? who do i contact?
     
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  12. GrahamIsSuper

    GrahamIsSuper Semi-Pro

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    I got mine through a coach at a local country club. Prince offered it, I took it. $299 including everything.
     
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  13. Jay34

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    Sponsorships are given to Junior players, touring pros and teaching pros. The pro at your club might be able to give the #1 singles player on the local high school team preferred player pricing, but not a sponsorship. so whoever started this topic, you should probably give up on the dream now haha
     
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  14. bigmanoncampus

    bigmanoncampus Rookie

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    to whoeever got the prionce package

    what was in it?
     
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  15. tennisboy87

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    Most companies have preferred player packages. You need to contact either the company itself or a company rep in your area. Talk to them, and see if they will give you the deal. All of these packages are pretty much the same. For around $300-400, you get 3-4 frames, a bag, strings, and a stencil kit. You may get more depending on which company.
     
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  16. WYK

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    If you have to ask...


    WYK
     
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  17. tarheelbornjohn

    tarheelbornjohn Semi-Pro

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    The range of 4.0-5.0 is a very big range. I just can't thing of any 4.0 players being able to stay close to a 5.0. Are you a 4.5 that can hit with a 5.0 and just not win regularly and lose sometimes to a 4.0 player having a good day? 4.0 and 5.0 not in the same league.
     
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  18. Jay34

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    My sentiments exactly WYK
     
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  19. bigmanoncampus

    bigmanoncampus Rookie

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    i am mostly a 4.0 overall but i havent really played in tournaments. could i still do it?
     
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