who all here has a sponsorship?

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  1. Larrysümmers

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    I notice a lot of jrs are, but I was wondering how many adults here are?
     
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  2. JoelDali

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    A friend of mine is in his mid 50s and gets 2 Wilson raquets per year. He still plays a K90 and I doubt he'll switch to the BLX.

    He won some matches at Nationals a few years ago and they have sponsored him ever since.

    So, it is possible to get lucky and be at the right place and time and get an opportunity for sponsorship at that age.
     
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  3. LuckyR

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    I think all of the Juniors are sponsored by Mom and Dad...
     
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  4. G-12

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    Ha, you should be a comedian^
     
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  5. tennis tom

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    When I played on the JV's in the early '70's, they gave me two Jack Kramers and a pair of shorts, but, I had to return them at the end of the season, does that count?
     
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  6. goober

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    Sponsoring recreational adult players is of doubtful benefit for companies. The only adults that I see sponsored outside of real pros are some teaching pros since they can influence what other adults buy.
     
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  7. Kick_It

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    There is a real high-bar for "sponsorship" as an adult. Fundamentally gravity goes against you - if you're an adult, companies expect you're making money and spending it ;-)

    Take Adidas criteria as an example:

    + Adult with a Top-20 national singles ranking in Open or Age Group play or Top-5 in doubles. (source: http://www.adiplayer.com/visitors_home.html)

    It is much easier if you are a teaching pro or certified teacher like PTR, etc. Otherwise you have to be top ranked in your section if not nationally to get offers.

    I was eligible for new racquets from Wilson a couple years ago - but since I use substantially customized nCodes and didn't want to change to KFactors - I didn't. I also turned down offers from Fila and Technifibre as I didn't use their stuff.

    Good Luck! K_I
     
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  8. goober

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    Top 20 NATIONAL ranking is pretty tough. I guess I don't know any of these guys:). But the adidas sponsorship is not really that great- savings of up to 40% For most rec players you can easily save 40% buy simply waiting for the stuff to go on sale or heading to your local adidas outlet.
     
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  9. skiracer55

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    I got some free Head...

    ...wristbands the last time I bought a 4-pack of Penn balls...does that count?
     
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    Looks like that is a sort-of "fake" sponsorship, more of a membership and probably not exclusive.

    I know TonLars has a sponsorship with some company (maybe Prince).
     
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  11. NoSkillzAndy

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    Certified USPTA teaching pros are automatically invited into a contract with Head, including discounted or free racquets and discounts on other merchandise. Similar contracts may be available through local representatives of the various brand names (ie. a Wilson rep) and might be given out to area teaching pros or to regular players who have alot of exposure to the tennis community (such as playing a ton of tournaments). Some shop owners may also give out discounted gear to people who agree to recommend their products to others -- which wouldn't be a sponsorship but is probably as good as most people are going to get.
     
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  12. TonLars

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    Hey! Nothing huge but its definitely real nice; twice a year I get free racquets, clothing, shoes, bag etc from Head.
     
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  13. Larrysümmers

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    which racquets do you get from them since you use a flexpoint?
     
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  14. TonLars

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    The new ones, but I like my old faithful so Ive continued to use them.
     
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