How To Get Sponsored?

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  1. uxnaitoahz

    uxnaitoahz Rookie

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    Is anyone on this forum sponsored by a company (Wilson, Head, Babolat, etc...) ? If so, how did you come across that opportunity?
     
  2. bsandy

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    Talk to your local pro.

    Tecnifibre has a form on thier website.
     
  3. chiru

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    im not sponsored, but they have a page, if you just search like wilson and sponsorships on google you'll find stuff. you have to be well ranked and stuff, like top 5 state, top so many in country to get sponsored.
     
  4. Jonnyf

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    Eh prokennex through their sponosor manager and kinda Fila through my club who as a deal with them , truthfully im awaiting the stuff but i'd be getting a massive discount
     
  5. md3113

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    Most company websites have some information on how to apply for the preferred player program. You can email Wilson or Babolat and ask, and the player rep responds within a few days. Getting sponsored with free gear is much more difficult, if you were good enough to get free stuff you would probobly already know who to talk to.
     
  6. uxnaitoahz

    uxnaitoahz Rookie

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    So you guys are all sponsored? BTW on the Tecnifibre site they have a section called Retail Account Affiliation, is this where I give them my local shop information (*******sports)?
     
  7. snoflewis

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    there are very few players sponsored on these boards and most of them are preferred player's deals, not full sponsorships. the only person that i know of on these boards that has a full sponsorship (free gear) is SydneyJim. but there are several coaches here that have sponsors from racket companies.
     
  8. Lakoste

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    You haven't got the PK stuff yet? I remember you posting about that a LONG time ago:confused:
     
  9. zhan

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    sydney jim says u have to be ranked top 400 in the world to get free stuff from firms like adidas and babolat
     
  10. Jonnyf

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    Oh no ofcouse i hav, i meant the fila
     
  11. Mike Danger

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    so what if you play with a head pt630, will they give you PJ's?
     
  12. maynardsson55

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    Easy answer. If a junior, be top 20 in your state or better. That's what my wilson rep told me this year. I've got a girl that is close and they told her they could only give her a good price for a player's "package". He said they were losing tons of $ just giving lots of sponsorships out b/c not everyone turns out to be Fed or Roddick,etc..Just like most people the sponsored ones were taking a little too much advantage of the situation. e.g. asking for more rackets string,etc.
     
  13. NoBadMojo

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    If i were you guys I wouldnt worry about sponsorships and would worry about playing better tennis..the only ones that are really worth it are the free list ones and those arent so easy to come by in spite of what you may hear..you have to a make a noticeable positive impact on their sales.....ie they need an economic reason to sponsor you which would be you are the dtr of tennnis at a good volume racquet club or you are nationally ranked in some division. being on the racquet advisory is even better. preferred packages lock you into a company and the deals arent reallly that good, but I guess you can say you are sponsored and i guess you would be in a way. diff companies have diff guidelines. the more you contribute to sales, the more respected and well liked and well known you are, the more free stuff you get
    this gets posted a lot on the forum so do a search, but know there are lots of misconceptions and bad info on here
     
  14. Freedom

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    Make a video (a montage, if you will) that shows off all your strokes, as well as your exciting, marketable persona. Image is everything, you know. Then send it in. On the side of the tape (VHS shows professionalism. DVD just says 'amatuer' all over it.) write "SPONZOR ME PLZ!" in big black Sharpie. Write them a letter on loose-leaf college-bound paper (remember: IMAGE) that tells them why they should sponsor you. Then call the head of the company numerous times a day, to show your determination and dedication to your dream. Leave him/her lots of voice mails too. Hysterical begging is always appreciated.
     
  15. md3113

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    Some companies have better preferred package deals than others, but they also change. I used to play be with Babolat but their new prices are no where near as good as they were in 2002 when i first got it. Rackets used to be 69 each, now they're 110. I wanted to get some new frames as my old ones were getting beat up, and I switched to the company that sponsors my school with clothes and court materials. They had a separate college deal(for affiliated schools) which was better then the preferred package deal, but still not free. Again, if you are good enough to be on a free list, companies would be approaching you or coaches would be pointing you in the right direction.
     
  16. uxnaitoahz

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    Please don't get the wrong idea. I am not good enough to be sponsored as in get free stuff... maybe a preferred player program. A friend of mine has a preferred player package from Wilson. I was just wondering if it is common. I asked him to buy a few frames for me.
     
  17. Stringer_Steve

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    I am on Head's Advisory Staff. I recieved the following package:
    3 Flexpoint Prestige Mids
    1 Super Combi Team Tour Bag
    2 Shirts
    2 Shorts
    1 Warm Up
    10 Sets of FXP string
    2 pairs of New Balance Shoes
    1 Hat
    1 Stencil w/ Ink
    I am also a new member of the Kirschbaum Advisory Staff, which includes 30 free sets of Kirschbaum string of my choice and various other schwag. :)
    The perks of working at a tennis specialty reail store are good.
     
  18. uxnaitoahz

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    Out of curiousity, how good are you?
     
  19. Stringer_Steve

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    Like I said, I have my job to thank for this. However, we sell a LOT of product for these companies, so they are happy to take care of us.
     
  20. uxnaitoahz

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    Now how does your sponsorship work? Do you get gear at your request?
     
  21. Stringer_Steve

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    No, they don't work like that (and I even have the more desired Advisory Staff position). Like I said, I recieved the package I listed, and that was for this year. Next year, if I re-sign with them, I would recieve another package of the same.
    Reps have a set number of rackets that they can "give away" to teaching pros, sponsored players, etc. When they are gone, they are gone for that year. It's not like you get a sponsorship and you have carte blanche for whatever you want/ask for. I'm sure the tour level players get racquets more often, but they are a different level of sponsorship.
    Having said that, my Head rep is a very good guy and I'm sure if I really legitimately needed something, he would do his best to help me in any way he could.
     
  22. chrisplchs

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    Reps can give away stuff to people.. get on the good side of one and he will take care of you

    also, if you play for a top 25 college team, no matter what number but as longas you are on the team, you will get really good prices on racquets and other gear
     
  23. maverick66

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    i was told all top college coaches beg there players to use babolat as they give the best deals to colleges. i have a friend who played for ohio state and they were pissed when he used head because it cost more.
     
  24. uxnaitoahz

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    Get a paint job... haha
     
  25. magilligan

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    adidas has a preffered player program called Adiplayer taht has some pretty good deals, i.e. $60 barricades. check it out at www.adiplayer.com
     
  26. TrueAce

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    anyone have a link to yonex's preffered player program for discounted racquets...I'm trying to search but nothing specific so far with a link...thanks
     
  27. uxnaitoahz

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    The easiest way is to become a teaching pro. Funniest thing... I can beat one of the new pros at my club.
     
  28. schaefferm46

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    i agree wiht stringer steve. i work at a tennis store and i get everything for cost + a few free racquets a year. and some GREAT deals on adidas clothing much better then the adi player so yea working at a tennis store always helps.
     
  29. uxnaitoahz

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    That or ask your friend who is sponsored to order stuff for you. Sponsored as in getting a 50-75% discount... :mrgreen:
     
  30. snoflewis

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    if you're worried about preferred player deals...you can find rackets for similar price if you know where to go. i think someone on these boards said that n6.1s are $110 plus shipping...but my local shop had them for $120. similar prices w/ other rackets as well.
     
  31. Stringer_Steve

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    Again, being sponsored or on a prefered list is not an endless pipeline of gear. There are limits to what you can get, and quantities. Companies are not naive and they know when a prefered player all of a sudden starts ordering frames other than the model they play with or in different grip sizes, that they more than likely are getting gear for others. This is not a practice that is looked upon as acceptable. Afterall, that is what authorized dealers are for.
    All I am saying is, don't expect to have unlimited access to whatever you want, just because you have a connection to a sponsored player/staff member.
     
  32. ripcontrol

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    I'm 14 and i used to be sponsored by head but i have just recently moved to fischer, gamma and lotto. i was playing a tournment and the fischer rep aproached me with a deal of 3 free rackets so i accepted lol.
     
  33. verdasco67

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    i am currently under contract with wilson. i get 6 racquets, strings, grips clothing.
     
  34. verdasco67

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    they want to see results, ranking and stuff like that...if they dont come to you u go to them..email, phone them...i would suggest giving them a tennis resume..most companies will ask for one or something like a resume.
     
  35. Andres

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    But he's not... :rolleyes:
     
  36. Volly master

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    wasnt Jim one of the top Juniors in the top 5 a few years ago. isnt that what he said that brought the attention that the big compaines suddenly saw in him.
     
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    Babolat

    Is there a link to apply for a babolat preferred player sponsorship....What are the qualifications for the Junior Babolat Preferred Player
     
  38. chrisplchs

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    Jim was one of the top juniors. I know he was ranked top 15 nationally but his seeding was top 5 as a lot of tournaments he played were in higher classifications.

    Also, if you are a URM, then you could get sponsored more easily as getting sponsored for companies isn't really a way for them to give back (which they might say) but for them to sell more products
     
  39. Dunlopkid

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    Couple questions:

    1. You have to be 18 to be USPTA certified, right?

    2. Do ALL companies recognize USPTA certifications, or just Head?

    3. If yes, is it a complete sponsorship or preferred player?

    Thanks guys.
     
  40. goblake14

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    I believe that USPTA only gets you a preferred deal with Head and Lotto.
     
  41. mJeez4293

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    you have to email babolat. you have to be top 150 in the nation or top 10 in section for the past three months.
     
  42. uxnaitoahz

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    USPTA

    Categories of membership

    Professional-level requirements

    Upon passing the exam, you become certified as a professional. The certification ratings from entry level to most advanced and prerequisites are:

    Professional 3

    * Must be 18 years of age or older
    * Must pass all portions of the Certification Exam at the Pro 3 level or higher
    * Must have an NTRP of 4.0 or higher
    * Not required to have tennis-teaching experience

    Professional 2

    * Must be 18 years of age or older
    * Must pass all portions of the Certification Exam at the Pro 2 level or higher
    * Must have an NTRP of 4.0 or higher
    * Must demonstrate teaching ability through apprenticeship or teaching experience

    Professional 1

    * Must be 22 years of age or older
    * Must pass all portions of the Certification Exam at the Pro 1 level or higher
    * Must have an NTRP of 4.5 or higher
    * Must have three years or five seasons of full-time teaching experience
     
  43. uxnaitoahz

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    Is anyone here a certified pro?
     
  44. Dunlopkid

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    To become certified you have to take a test right? Is it just written or what?
     
  45. chrisplchs

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    i believe the test is partly written, partly analysis and partly hands on
     
  46. SFrazeur

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    Great players do not necessarily make great instructors, and vise, versa.

    The truly funniest thing is, that while you can beat an instructor, an

    instructor could teach you to beat him and others faster and better.
     
  47. setpoint

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    i have a sponsership with head. I live in spain. Here in spain theres scouts or you can also get it through your tennis club, but its not that easy
     
  48. gb93433

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    That is true in quite a number of things. Usually those who have struggled with something find ways to solve the problem for themselves and become the best teachers.
     
  49. Coqui

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    Kirschbaum Has a very fast sponsorship program. Go to their site www.kirschbaumusa.com and apply at sponsoring.
    They usually sponsor junior players with ITF and National ranking.
     
  50. SFrazeur

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    Yes, that is the way it was for me. If I had beena natural at tennis I would

    not be as good of an instructor as I am, now.
     

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