This is a guest post of Women's Tennis Blog's long-time partner and very first sponsor, Own the Zone, famous for their innovative tennis products – the colorful OTZ band vibration dampeners made of polymer (upgrade of rubber bands already used by champions such as Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi) and EcoGrip, world's first biodegradable overgrip for tennis.
Both the cute bow-shaped OTZ dampeners and high-performing EcoGrip can be used to improve your tennis game. Own the Zone is proud to officially announce the partnership with Clay Thompson, who will play with EcoGrip® and OTZ band vibration dampeners at all his matches for one year. While eagerly awaiting WTA names to join Own the Zone as endorsers, I'm giving the word to the company to share with us their big news.
Mentor, Ohio July 29, 2014 – Own the Zone Sporting Goods (OTZ), a leader in the tennis accessories market, is pleased to announce its partnership with Clay Thompson, the No.1 ranked collegiate player for most of 2014. Clay played #1 seed at UCLA and was ranked #1 in the NCAA standings for 17 consecutive weeks this past season.
Here's what Clay Thompson said about his new partnership:
I am very pleased to turn professional and enter into a partnership with Own the Zone. Their high-performance EcoGrip, the world's first biodegradable overgrip is an eco-friendly milestone for the tennis industry. The team at OTZ has set the precedent for all other grip companies to follow. In addition to the grips, the OTZ band dampeners are also world-class. I started using OTZ band dampeners on my racquets two and half years ago when I was a junior at UCLA. The dampening is superb, the band never flies off my racquet and I was able to style them in blue and yellow, Bruin colors. This January I started using EcoGrip Pro and have never looked back. The EcoGrip brand is the next big thing in the tennis world.
Thompson, who is from Venice, California, is embarking on his first year on the ATP Tour. He was a four-year scholar athlete at UCLA. After being ranked No.1 in the nation for most of the season, Clay was named to the All Pac 12 Men's Tennis Team and he was named the 2014 Pac 12 Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year.
David Marcus, Co-President of Own the Zone, is excited to have a pro player as an endorser:
This is our first tennis sponsorship and we are very proud to be working together with Clay who was the top tennis college player in the U.S. this season. Clay is a smart, hard-working player with a powerful serve and volley game. He wants to excel on the Tour.
Co-President Julius Stockfish added:
We are excited that Clay will be playing with our two high-performance tennis products – OTZ Band dampeners and EcoGrip. Clay will be the first pro to win on and off the court with EcoGrip.
About Own the Zone Sporting Goods:
Own the Zone is a leading sporting goods company in the eco-friendly, green niche. Own the Zone is already marketing four (4) types of overgrips:
• EcoGrip Smooth is for players seeking the most comfortable grip;
• EcoGrip Hi-Tac has comfort and longer lasting tack;
• Eco-Grip Pro is aimed for advanced players who like a slim grip;
• EcoGrip Dry is for players looking for a very dry, comfortable grip.
OTZ band dampeners have been sold since 2006. They are recognized as the best dampener on the market for tennis racquets. OTZ products are currently sold at http://www.otzsports.com