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  1. DonBot

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    I have a question about the Pure Drive Line, what is going to happen to the Pure Drive Roddick during the next release cycle? Will Andy's signature continue to appear on the propulses as well?
     
  2. MikeHitsHard93

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    Babolat Official and anyone else that has any insight on this....

    I am 20 years old and I'm at the stage in life where I need to figure out what I want to do with my life. Everyone says to do what you love, and I love tennis. Tennis is my passion.

    How big is the tennis industry? How do you get into a career with one of these companies like prince, head, or babolat? Is a marketing degree what you need to get into this field?

    I currently have no other interests, I'm taking time off school and just working at a job that I don't want to stay at forever.
     
  3. LeeD

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    Start by working at a tennis shop, either stringing, sales, both, or ordering.
    After a couple of years, you meet the reps, go to some trade shows, meet the honcho's, and look for a spot recently vacated.
    You might need to pack up and move, do some travelling, or work on commision for a while before you fall into something bigger.
     
  4. MikeHitsHard93

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    What kind of tennis shop?
     
  5. sureshs

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    Look at tennisjobs.com and protennisjobs.com and carersintennis.com to get an idea of the kinds of jobs out there. You will get a much better idea than from this forum. The last site has different categories and what each is about.
     
  6. MikeHitsHard93

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    Thank you so much!
     
  7. Power Player

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    You can contact the Hr department of any company. Call and ask for HR and ask who to submit resumes to. Dont give them your life story and how you REALLY love tennis..etc. Just be pro and get the proper contact info, as they are pretty busy folks.
     
  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    I wonder where their headquarters are located?
     
  9. jepriy

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    do you know if it's possible to exchange a babolat racket? I bought a PDGT+ and I'm not satisfied with it. I typically use PSLtd but thought a PD would help me with more power. But yeah it just didn't suit me. Should've demoed it first. Ughh.
     
  10. zapvor

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    any. at a school, at a retail shop, at a training facility. get your foot in the door and learn as much as you can.
     
  11. sureshs

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    US HQ is in Boulder

    World HQ is in Lyon
     
  12. Babolat Official

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    No Storm for 2014. 2012 was the last year.
     
  13. Babolat Official

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    That's a good question. Andy has been one of our best ambassadors and we value our partnership. Until something changes, we'll have the PDR.
     
  14. Babolat Official

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    Same for the shoes.
     
  15. Babolat Official

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    It is a great industry. And it is really small. Once you are in, you know just about everyone.

    I have a degree in history and one in sociology. It's not so much about what you study, but developing the skills to be resourceful, dependable, and add value to a team or whatever the needed role is. And work really hard. People like that.

    Check the career sections of the companies you want to work for. Most will post jobs when they have them. Or send HR a cover letter and resume to keep on file.
     
  16. Babolat Official

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    You'd have to talk to a retailer about that. We don't do any direct to consumer.
     
  17. Babolat Official

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    Technically, we're in Louisville, CO (10 miles outside of Boulder, towards Denver).
     
  18. dje31

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    I was referring to whatever its successor becomes...the more traditional one you and others here have alluded to, due for release in the next year or so.
     
  19. Power Player

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    The ritz on the island is one of the nicest hotels I have been to. Amazing place to stay. I love the tennis court garden as well.

    You are balling man. I wish I was there this weekend. Have family on the island but they have too much going on this weekend and I didnt want them to worry about me staying with them.
     
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    great post with solid info

    a buddy of mine was the rep in our area for babolat, prince, volk and underarmour over the years - definitely not an easy job!

    getting sports-related internships during college is pretty key. I didnt
    go that route (started out at anheuser busch and then got into media and marketing for tech startups) so thats perhaps thats something Id do differently (though I cant really complain about how my work life is now, being able to get time off whenever to watch/cover pro tennis)
     
  21. nocturn11

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    Wait, holy crap. The Storm line is BEING CANCELLED?! What am I going to play with?!?!?!?!?!
     
  22. nocturn11

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    According the rep, it's taking the whole line down with it.:(
     
  23. Babolat Official

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    we've got some good stuff coming for you guys in 2014.

    we listen, not everyone likes APD and PDs :)
     
  24. Babolat Official

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    fear not, things are only getting better
     
  25. Babolat Official

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    this is correct
     
  26. Babolat Official

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    I wish. Ritz is a little outside the social media department budget ;). I'm over in Brickell.
     
  27. nocturn11

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    Could you give any hints as to how?
     
  28. Francis27

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    Will there be a new babolat coming? Aero, Drive, Storm, ________?
     
  29. nocturn11

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    Oh, that would be cool! Another iconic line...
     
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    When will the new babolat clothing be in stock?
     
  31. Babolat Official

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    patience, more info to come later in the year
     
  32. Babolat Official

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    should hit stores around April
     
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    the canadian U16 nationals are at my club this week. lots of pure storms and ps teams. not as many pure drives but quite a few APDs.

    absolutely EVERYONE walking around in babolat tracksuits from their respective clubs though.
     
  34. Power Player

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    a little feedback from me - a huge fan of the PSTeam.

    I love this stick, and feel like it is is slept on big time. The only problem I was having is that now and then I would lose the feel for the ball and it would trampoline on me. Not a huge deal, but since I have ADD, I got a Tfight 315, which is similar and ended up switching to it.

    Could not pinpoint what did not totally sell me on the Team for a while, but I figured it out - It's those woofer grommets. I don't think they are needed in the classic racquets. I can see how they are cool in the PD and APD, but the Pure Storm series does not need them..IMO.

    Anyway, if Bab is making new sticks with classic feel, tight patterns..etc..I hope they try them without any cortex or woofer grommets because they are not really needed - IMO.
     
  35. dje31

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    ^^^ Rumor had it that some of the touring pros had Pure Controls and Storms with non-woofer grommets. Such are the spoils of being sponsored and having access to pro-stock.
     
  36. jimbo333

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    Yep, here is one!

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    This was Carlsen's, Pure Control Competition (i.e Pro Stock), which in this case is a 2nd Generation (swirly) racket, with 1st Gen (non-woofer) grommets and 3rd Gen (Team) paint. Gonzo used something similar originally as well. Due to the grommet channel being different to retail, this is Pro mold only.
     
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    Oh SICK!! Jimbo stop this insane racquet porn immediately!!


    Just kidding, it's awesome.
     
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    Haha, you should see the sexy close-up photos of the 1st Gen grommets on this one lol:)

    (unfortunately though the racket is in storage, and I don't actually have any other photos of it)
     
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    Babolat should bring back those 1st gen grommets and do it right.

    There is nothing wrong with an amazing feeling stick that has really no tech and just focuses on feel, flex and control.

    Tec 315s sell out here now on a regular basis. May just be a supply issue, but regardless, there is always going to be a large demand for these types of racquets.
     
  40. dje31

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    Put out something like Jimbo's, preferably with ~RA63, and you've got my attention...maybe even my money...which is the point, isn't it?
     
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  41. nocturn11

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    Yeah, but they need a much larger platform of potential buyers to justify that kind of racquet.
     
  42. Beeboywhoo

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    My stringer (ATP touring stringer) showed me pics of the new line which will be replacing the storm series,

    it was all blacked out, and the neck was very thin, which concaved in.. also the string beads where the strings insert too, are shaped very unique..

    looked crazy...
     
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    ermm, the neck of the racquet had crevices which concave'd in, not to sound so confusing.. and it was all black as it was just the prototype. will be releasing next year im hearing
     
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    Neck is the throat?

    String beads are grommets?
     
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    yes sorry me.. as you can tell im not the most sophisticated in racquet terminology , i just love the sport :)
     
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    i dont think that that was the one, on the one i saw, there were crevices on the throat area that concaved in , maybe there are some on that racquet but on that angle its hard to tell
     
  47. raging

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    Thats not it! I think Gav is fishing...
    the photo he posted looks like Ryan Harrisons old prototype/stock made PST.

    The new ones are only prototypes.
    I am sure Babolat don't want any photos posted on the internet.

    If any stringers get hold of 1 and decide to post(like Drakulie, for example).
    I can't stop that:twisted:
     
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    There are some demos floating around in France but none have been diverted my way yet:(

    I think it will depend on building the anticipation for next year!:)
     
  49. Babolat Official

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    shhhh.... don't worry, we'll hook up some of the forum crew when the time is right
     
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    Thank you.

    And it looks that Alize Cornet started to use PS Team also.
     
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