MIRACLES HAPPEN WITH TECHNOLOGY
NEW YORK, February 2, 2012 - A
switch to a Donnay is the gear part of
the story behind Bethanie Mattek-Sands’
dramatic comeback at the Australian
Open, just six months after verging on
retirement from a bad shoulder injury
caused by playing with hollow racquets.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands says it was a
combination of the “right rehab and the
perfect racquet, my new Donnay Formula,”
that helped propel the recently
shoulder-beleaguered American to her
first career Grand Slam title recently,
the mixed doubles championship at the
2012 Australian Open with partner Horia
Tecau of Romania.
Her Australian Open triumph came just
six months after an MRI revealed a
severe 15-millimeter tear in her rotator
cuff that forced her to withdraw from
all but one event in the second half of
the 2011 season. Ironically, the injury
occurred when she was having her best
season in her 11-year WTA Tour career.
She barely even practiced in September
and October of last year.
"The keys to my comeback performance in
Australia were aggressive rehab and hard
work, including doing my research last
fall for a racquet that would help my
Beginning last November, Mattek-Sands
tried out some 50 racquets offered to
her by four different manufacturers in
hopes of easing the pain in her shoulder
that at one point "was so bad I couldn’t
wash my face with my right hand."
"I had heard the Donnay racquets were
easier on the shoulder and quickly
became a believer the first time I hit
with the Formula," she said. "With the
other frames, I’d hit a couple of
strokes and I…I just couldn’t do it…it
was like the shock went straight up the
shaft and into my shoulder."
"So I kept going back to the Donnay, and
slowly and gradually, I increased my
speed and power. At the end of last year
I was able to hit 115-mile-an-hour
serves and felt nothing in my shoulder,
so along with a lot of rehab, that was a
big win. The Aussie Open title confirmed
I made the right decision."
"Miracles happen with technology and the
Donnay racquet line was developed two
years ago to cure the tennis elbow
plague that has claimed half a billion
injuries to tennis players over the past
three decades," said Jerry Choe, Donnay
President. "Their multi-solid-core
frames and patent-pending XēneCore™
technology answers the safety
deficiencies of hollow rackets that have
dominated the tennis industry for three
"Conventional hollow racquets are
air-injected tubes that cause shock and
vibration on ball contact to go right up
into the arm," Choe added. "Hollow
racquets have always been dangerous and
unsafe. It’s time the public learned about
the damage that racquet shock can do."
About half of all recreational tennis
players will be stricken with tennis
elbow at some point in their playing
life, according to the International
"We’re overjoyed for Bethanie’s success
and she can be a great a Donnay brand
ambassador," added Bobby Choe, CEO of
the New York-based international brand.
Mattek-Sands is known for her dramatic
flair in her choice of on-court apparel
that’s earned her the nickname of "the
Lady Gaga of Tennis," and her gutsy
coming-through-in-the-clutch play. She
made history in the semifinal round of
the 2010 Fed Cup against Russia where
she became the first woman to win
consecutive live matches in a Fed Cup
tie and move team USA to the final.
About Donnay USA Ltd.
Donnay USA Ltd. (www.donnayusa.com)
together with Donnay International S.A.
designs, manufactures, and distributes
premium tennis equipment, apparel, and
accessories under the Donnay brand. The
technologically advanced and innovative
new X-P Dual, X-Dual and Formula and Pro
One racquets developed using XēneCore™
Technology represent the return of
Donnay to the global market.
Headquartered in New York City, the
company’s products can be found in
tennis specialty shops as well as