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  PAST PROS  
Donnay's Past Pros
 
 
 
    Rod Laver  
    Rod Laver, the most prolific of the tennis professionals to use Donnay rackets, had a career record of 392 wins and 99 losses, winning over 198 titles in his career. Laver was ranked number 1 in the world for seven consecutive years. Mr. Laver’s career spanned 18 years and has the distinction of being the only tennis player in history to win the Grand Slam twice.
 
 
 
    Margaret Court  
    Margaret Court, an Australian born tennis professional, was the first woman to win the Tennis Grand Slam. Ms. Court’s tennis career spanned 17 years and included 92 career wins. Ms. Court has the distinction of winning 24 Grand Slam singles titles, a feat not repeated since.  
 
 
 
    Cliff Drysdale  
    Cliff Drysdale was one of the Handsome Eight of tennis. The Handsome Eight were the first eight players to join Lamar Hunt in creating the World Championship of Tennis, the first open professional tour. Mr. Drysdale joined John Newcombe, Tony Roche, Dennis Ralston, and four other players to create the first Tour. Mr. Drysdale’s tennis career began as a player, winning 11 titles including the 1972 US Open doubles title and continued until today as the colorful voice of tennis as an announcer for the major television networks.  
 
 
 
    Bjorn Borg  
    In 1975, after winning his first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, Bjorn Borg signed his first contract with Donnay to play the Donnay Allwood racket. Mr. Borg is a Swedish born player who flared his famous topsin style of tennis and became the inspiration for a generation of tennis players. Mr. Borg was the only player of his era to win 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles. He also won 4 consecutive French Open titles. In all, Mr. Borg won 100 singles titles during his 12 years as a professional with a Donnay racket. He is considered the most prolific tennis player in history.  
 
 
 
    Vijay Amritraj  
    A former professional tennis player from India, Vijay reached a world ranking of #16 in July, 1980 and was awarded the ATP Most Improved Player award in 1973. He was known for his chip-and-charge tactics and serve-and-volley game, making him a natural on grass courts. He has recorded wins over some legendary players, including Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, and John McEnroe. As the captain of the India Davis Cup team, he reached the finals in 1974 and 1987. Upon retirement in 1993, he began a career in sportscasting with a brief stint as an actor; most notably playing the role of "Vijay" in the 1983 James Bond movie "Octopussy".  
 
 
 
    Jimmy Arias  
    James ("Jimmy") Arias is a former top-ranked tennis touring professional player from the United States. From Grand Island, near Buffalo, New York, Arias's peak year was 1983, when as a 19 year-old he finished the year ranked World No. 6, having reached the U.S. Open semi-finals, and winning the Italian Open and three other tour grand prix events. A baseliner, Arias was a tennis prodigy, turning pro at age 16 in 1980. He reached his career high ranking of World No. 5 in April 1984. He retired from the tour in 1994, having amassed a 286–223 singles playing record and over $1,800,000 in prize money. With former World No. 2 tennis player, Andrea Jaeger, he won the 1982 French Open Mixed Doubles Championship. Today, Arias serves as a commentator for ESPN International and the Tennis Channel. Arias served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics.  
 
 
 
    Andre Agassi  
    In 1992, Andre Agassi won his first of 68 career titles, winning Wimbledon using a Donnay Pro One racket. Mr. Agassi went on be the only male player to win the career Golden Slam. Mr. Agassi won all four Grand Slam tournaments as well as the Olympic Gold Medal. His career spanned 20 years, during which, he became third on the all time list for earnings.  
 
 
 
    Greg Rusedski  
    Rusedski's first career singles tournament title was at the Hall of Fame Championship in Newport, Rhode Island in 1993. Rusedski reached the singles final of the U.S. Open in 1997, where he lost to Pat Rafter in four sets, (shortly thereafter reaching his career high rank of World No. 4). He also won theBBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Rusedski, won the Grand Slam Cup in 1999. Rusedski was defeated in the second round of Wimbledon in 2005 by Joachim Johansson of Sweden 7–6(10), 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(5). Following that disappointment, Rusedski had a successful July. He successfully defended his title at the Hall of Fame Championship, defeating Vince Spadea in the final. This was the first time he had successfully defended a title and the third time he had won the championship. He then reached the semifinals at both the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, losing to Taylor Dent, and the Canada Masterstournament in Montreal, losing to Andre Agassi.  
 
 
 
    Yanina Wickmayer  
    Past Racquet: Donnay Yanina Wickmayer Edition

Yanina Wickmayer began playing tennis at the age of nine and quickly discovered a natural talent and passion for the sport. Together with her father, Marc, she made the decision to move to Florida to pursue her dream of becoming a professional tennis player. At the end of 2006, Yanina swiftly moved up the rankings winning eight events on the ITF circuit. By the beginning of 2008, she had established herself inside the top 100 on the WTA Tour rankings and reached her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event final in Birmingham. Yanina had a fantastic year in 2009, winning her first WTA Tour events in Estoril and Linz, reaching the final of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the semi-finals of the US Open. These results catapulted Yanina to the forefront of women’s tennis and earned her the 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Most Improved Player Award. Yanina joined Donnay as a brand ambassador for the Belgium-born company’s centennial anniversary celebration. Yanina’s 2010 season got off to the best possible start when she captured the ASB Classic title. Yanina’s consistent wins and rapid rise up the rankings make her one of the most exciting prospects in women’s tennis. With her athleticism, powerful ground strokes and great fighting spirit, Yanina is well on her way to reaching the top of the women’s game.
 
 
 
 
    James Blake  
    Past Racquet: Donnay Pro One

Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. His career highlights include reaching the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2008) and U.S. Open (2005, 2006). His two titles for the United States at the Hopman Cup are an event record. Blake was a key performer for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team, going 2-0 in the championship tie vs. Russia at second singles. In 2005, Blake was presented with the Comeback Player of the Year award for his remarkable return to the tour. Later, in 2008, Blake was awarded another honor by the ATP where he was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year.
 
 
 
 
    Bethanie Mattek-Sands  
    Past Racquet: Donnay Formula

Mattek-Sands’ Australian Open mixed doubles triumph this year came just 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. She credits overcoming her shoulder injury to aggressive rehab, hard work and the ultra-comfort of her Donnay Formula racquet that she began using late last year. Known as the “Lady Gaga of Tennis” for her flamboyant and creative attire, the Phoenix-based American has also showed plenty of dramatic flair in competition over the years. 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.
 
 
 
 
    Philipp Petzschner  
    Past Racquet: Donnay Pro One

Two-time Grand Slam champion Petzschner was the first German ATP player to win a Major since Boris Becker in 1996 when he and doubles partner Jurgen Melzer took the 2010 Wimbledon title. Last year he again teamed with Melzer to win the U.S. Open doubles championship. In singles, the player known for his hard-hitting and lightning speed on the court won his first ATP singles title in Vienna, upsetting top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round and defeating French star Gael Monfils in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) in the final. As of late April, his doubles ranking was No. 16 and he was the No. 2 German singles player.
 
 
 
 
    Lukasz Kubot  
    Past Racquet: Donnay X-P Dual

Kubot is the top-ranked singles player from Poland on the ATP Tour, known for his powerful serve, solid forehand and long reach. He has successfully represented his country in Davis Cup play 12 times since 2001, amassing a 16-6 record in singles and 4-0 in doubles. In 2009, he became the first male Polish singles finalist in 26 years at the Belgrade event. Teamed with Oliver Marach, he has captured five ATP World Tour doubles titles.
 
 
 
 
 

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