QUESTIONAIRE: How to Acquire a Sponsorship?!?!?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Andy Zarzuela, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. Andy Zarzuela

    Andy Zarzuela Professional

    Feb 21, 2004
    I've inquired about getting sponsorships. Unfortunately, the form requites you to put your national ranking, which I have none. I am ranked pretty high in my state; however, I feel pretty sure that is definitely not enough. I've heard you guys talk about paying $250-$300 to receive a couple racquets, a bag, and other things. How do you qualify for that? Can someone please elaborate? (BTW, which company is the easiest to get a sponsorship from?) Your inputs and wisdom are appreciated. Thanks.
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  2. Pyro

    Pyro Rookie

    Feb 21, 2004
    Although I am not sponsored, I think I have some experience with it. By far, the easiest companies to get sponsored from are Wilson and Babolat (luckily they probably make the best racquets). You are referring to a preferred player program. It means that you pay a certain amount of money, 250 to 300 bucks, and they give you a bag, 3 racquets, water bottle, towel etc. If you want to get a FULL sponsorship, you should be nationally ranked and probably one of the best in the nation or the best in your division. If you want to get sponsored, I suggest you email the company you want to get sponsored from with information about yourself, and GO TO YOUR PROSHOP. If you know the owner well, ask him if he could throw in a good word for you to a racquet representative, and you can do something in return ,like hang around the shop and suggest some racquets (I have done this before and got a free tour 90 after recommending about 10 racquets) and if you only suggest one brand and the shopkeeper tells this to a rep they might give you this program. Bottom Line: For preferred player, email via website or talk to proshop. For full sponsorship, work your tail off and get a high national ranking.
  3. thebeast

    thebeast Rookie

    Jun 26, 2004
    I would have to disagree. I think Wilson is one of the harder companies to get sponsored by(not the preferred thing). But if you do get sponsored, they really hook you up with everything. Some juniors i know get racquets customized in the wilson pro room people speak of, they are nice.

    I think prince is only like top 300 to apply to be sponsored, at least it was a couple years ago. For the preferred thing that is 300 dollars, you can pretty much get that if you are a decent junior. You just have to know people :!: That's the most important thing.
  4. Feña14

    Feña14 Legend

    Feb 18, 2004
    It was easy for me to get one with Prince.

    I just told them that I have used there rackets since I was 4 and always recommend them to anyone who asks and that I have convinced many people to change.

    They then asked me to give them a profile of what I have done and I told them my rating and my high county (state) ranking and that was good enough for them.

    I got 3 rackets, a 6 racket bag, 4 sets of string, and stencils.

    Hope this helps!

  5. david aames

    david aames Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    That's room to improve pal. 3 racquets short of being a pro... Shouldn't be too hard for a counter puncher with a strong backhand like yourself.

    FYI, Prince reps don't sell racquets on ****...

  6. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    I know USTA pros that sign up with head get a few racquets free, and other goodies.. and discounted rates on head goods, but that's far from being "Sponsored"
  7. Cobra Tennis

    Cobra Tennis Professional

    Mar 8, 2004
    Hi. I'm sponsored by Babolat and can fill you in on the info. I have the preferred package form here on my desktop if you want it. Email me at and i will attatch it and email it to you. Or you can call my Babolat rep at Phone: 877-316-9435 and Dwi (his name) will fill you in on the info as well.
  8. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

    PureCarlosMoyaDrive Professional

    Feb 11, 2004
    Gorth, my club pro who I'm real good friends with is sponsored by Head, and he gets tons of free strings and racquets. My friend who is good (#22 I think in NorCal 16's), got a sheet from my club pro, and he had to give his sectional ranking, and he got a set of like 3 racquets, bags, etc. for about $250 or whatever. It's normally top 25 in your section I think.

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