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3fees 12-19-2012 02:41 PM

Prince tennis balls-no more?
 
I understand Prince filed for protection under bankruptcy laws,, Are Prince tennis balls now gone for good ? Top retailers dont carry them anymore. Prince had some good tennis balls, Is this going to extend to all Prince products- no longer available ?
Are warranty claims gone as well ?

therecanbeonlyone 12-31-2012 08:06 AM

I ran into this problem too. A case of Prince balls is a constant on my Christmas list. We couldn't find them this year though. Prince is certainly forcussing on racquets, bags, and shoes after the bankruptcy reorganization. There is plenty of evidence of that alone on Prince's twitter feed. The balls may have been a casualty.

Atomicman 01-01-2013 04:15 PM

I'm looking too! Tour Hard Court, Best balls ever!

themitchmann 01-14-2013 10:44 AM

They are trying to get a new manufacturers established. They are hoping for stock by the fall :(

julian 01-14-2013 11:30 AM

Keep us posted,please
 
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Originally Posted by themitchmann (Post 7119575)
They are trying to get a new manufacturers established. They are hoping for stock by the fall :(

Keep us posted,please

marco forehand 02-14-2013 07:21 AM

So what are the fans of Prince Tour balls using now ? I have tried the new Penn ball, Volkl, Dunlop and Wilson. The Volkl is the closest I have found but still not as durable and they feel somewhat harder.
Played a match yesterday with my last can of Prince balls, at the end of the match my opponent says, "these are great, where can I get some ?"

mikeler 02-14-2013 09:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marco forehand (Post 7213720)
So what are the fans of Prince Tour balls using now ? I have tried the new Penn ball, Volkl, Dunlop and Wilson. The Volkl is the closest I have found but still not as durable and they feel somewhat harder.
Played a match yesterday with my last can of Prince balls, at the end of the match my opponent says, "these are great, where can I get some ?"

I'm using the regular duty Penn Marathon balls now. They are nice and bright and don't fuzz up. Their bounce is not quite as high but still better than most balls.

Fifth Set 03-30-2013 06:47 AM

The frustration with this continues.

Thought I found the answer via Volkl. Balls made in Thailand too and looked very similar. Alas, they are not as good as the Prince Tour Extra Duty. In fact, the Volkls just felt like rebranded Dunlops, which are too hard and heavy.

Closest I have found is the Pro Penn Marathon, but still not the same.

Prince spending so much money promoting its other stuff, constantly posting on Facebook about Ferrer, Taylor Townsend, etc.

Annoying. Just put the balls back on the market please.

Tamiya 03-30-2013 05:52 PM

probably be china made anyways

ArliHawk 03-30-2013 06:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fifth Set (Post 7314278)
The frustration with this continues.

Thought I found the answer via Volkl. Balls made in Thailand too and looked very similar. Alas, they are not as good as the Prince Tour Extra Duty. In fact, the Volkls just felt like rebranded Dunlops, which are too hard and heavy.

Closest I have found is the Pro Penn Marathon, but still not the same.

Prince spending so much money promoting its other stuff, constantly posting on Facebook about Ferrer, Taylor Townsend, etc.

Annoying. Just put the balls back on the market please.

Love the Pro Penn Marathon. Great ball, sure that's going to be my next case.

Cosby Sweater 04-21-2013 02:54 PM

Just found a few shelves worth of Prince balls in Edmonton selling for $2.88 per can.

themitchmann 04-21-2013 05:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fifth Set (Post 7314278)
The frustration with this continues.

Thought I found the answer via Volkl. Balls made in Thailand too and looked very similar. Alas, they are not as good as the Prince Tour Extra Duty. In fact, the Volkls just felt like rebranded Dunlops, which are too hard and heavy.

Closest I have found is the Pro Penn Marathon, but still not the same.

Prince spending so much money promoting its other stuff, constantly posting on Facebook about Ferrer, Taylor Townsend, etc.

Annoying. Just put the balls back on the market please.

Getting manufacturers set up and Facebook marketing have nothing to do with each other. Prince is a global brand and have multiple manufacturers around the world (China, Austria, Thailand to name a few). It's not easy to coordinate.

Posting a status on fb is easy and costs nothing.

ollinger 04-27-2013 12:33 PM

If you liked Prince balls, don't be certain you'll like them if they reappear. The Prince guru noted above they are trying to find a new manufacturer (probably because the old one had to eat a lot of accounts receivable because of the bankruptcy) so there's no certainty at all that the balls will be comparable.

SystemicAnomaly 04-27-2013 01:01 PM

^ Good point but I hope that this is not the case.

I have seen some of the other Prince balls in the shelves in the past year or so but have not seen my all-time favorite Prince Tour balls for quite some time. However, the Tour balls are currently on the Prince Tennis web site. I do not know how long they've been on the Prince site but I am hoping that this is a good sign.

http://www.princetennis.com/tennis/f...y.aspx?cid=377


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