Platform Tennis

February 27, 2008

Prince Sports to Acquire Platform Tennis Leader Viking Athletics

dave_crusader.jpgPrince is already a dominant player in the tennis, squash and racquetball (through Ektelon), so it only stands to reason they would want to expand their reach into another racquet sport, in this case platform tennis. We think they have made an excellent choice in Viking Athletics. We covered Viking racquets back in late December 2007, and still believe they are the best brand and definitely the coolest designs of all the platform tennis racquets out there.

Here is the press release:

Prince Sports, Inc., the racquet sports company leader is set to acquire the elite platform tennis brand, Viking Athletics. The partnership would bring together two like-minded companies committed to providing players of all court sports the best quality products and customer service. In addition, by adding Viking under the Prince Sports, Inc. umbrella, Prince would continue to define itself as the world's clear court sports leader through an extensive portfolio of leading brands in tennis, squash, racquetball and now, paddle sports. While the details of the deal are not yet finalized, both companies are extremely excited and optimistic about what it means for die-hard, passionate paddle sports players around the world.

Prince Sports, Inc., based in New Jersey, is an iconic brand and recognized leader in high-performance racquet sports. Both the Prince and Ektelon brands have revolutionized tennis, squash and racquetball respectively with innovations including "Oversize," "Longbody" and O3 racquet technology. In recent years, Prince has enjoyed a resurgence and now has a strong #2 market share position. The Prince Indoor Court categories of Prince Squash and Ektelon Racquetball have experienced significant growth as well reaching their highest market share levels since 1998. With a new equity partnership with Nautic Partners, formed in July 2007, Prince Sports is focused on broadening its footprint globally, expanding its O Tech platform and building sales momentum in all categories.

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December 24, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 12

On the twelfth day of platform tennis Christmas, my true love gave to me...

A FRICKIN' PLATFORM TENNIS COURT! I need somewhere to use all this great stuff!

Two good vendors for building a court:
Bulletworks
Reilly Green

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December 23, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 11

On the eleventh day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me...

A VIKING PLATFORM TENNIS RACQUET! The best brand and definitely the coolest designs of all the racquets out there. I'd take any of these, but they happen to be in order of preference.

Viking OZ
OZ is the world´s best selling paddle and has been upgraded with Hardcore Technology that provides maximum power. And the look is killer. Features Gamma´s Pro-RX grip.

Viking Pro V1+

One would normally go for this one as their top pick. It was the design that got me with the OZ, though. The PRO V1+ is for top players. Its heavier than most paddles which provide the highest combination of power and control. And it also recently added the VAST system Shock Absorption Ring. Features Gamma's Hi-Tech Gel Grip.

Viking National

The NATIONAL is a new paddle for the hardcore player. With its high density core and extra long handle, the NATIONAL is perfect for the players who desire a little more power in their game. Perfect for two-handed backhand players. Features Gamma's Pro-RX grip.

Viking Ignite +

The IGNITE returns with a sleek new look and the new VAST Shock Absorbing Ring giving it an even bigger edge over the competition. The IGNITE+ has the largest surface area of any paddle on the market, and the largest sweet spot available. Features Gamma's Hi-Tech Gel grip.

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December 22, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 10

On the tenth day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me...

Balle de Match Men's Yip Up Warm Up

When you're playing platform tennis outside in the Winter, you need to stay warm without losing your ability to move. This warm-up from Balle de Match is 100% micropoly, light but warm, especially if layered. A clean and simple design, another plus for me.

Balle de Match Men's Yip Up Warm Up

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December 21, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 9

On the ninth day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me...

Platform Tennis Net, 2 1/2' x 23'

Platform Tennis Net, twisted body cord, coated cable, no dowels, 2 1/2' x 22'. Special 2.8 mm twisted black polyethylene body with white vinyl coated polyester headband the side and bottom bands are double stitched black vinyl coated polyester. Made with 1/8" cable. 22'L, 30" H.

Platform Tennis Net, 2 1/2' x 23'

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December 20, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 8

On the eighth day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me...

Heavy Duty Reel for #246, #247 & Platform Posts, #219

Hey...if I get my 12th day gift I'm going to need this! Deluxe Heavy Duty Net Reel with ratchet guard and removable handle for 2 7/8 in. external wind post. Its available in black and green, but I'm not picky.

Heavy Duty Reel for #246, #247 & Platform Posts, #219

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December 19, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 7

On the seventh day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me...

Thorlo TX-15 Crew White Socks

Tennis Protection Level 3™ (Maximum Protection) - because its frickin' cold out there playing platform tennis! It's designed to help protect your feet from the damaging effects of impact, shear and blistering. It features: Heavyweight padding, THOR•LON® throughout the body of the sock to wick moisture, lightweight padding in arch for better fit and arch support, and extended lightweight padding over toe to protect against fast stops and starts.

Thorlo TX-15 Crew White Socks

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December 18, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 6

On the sixth day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me...

Jet Navy Mesh Mini Backpack

The Jet mini racquet bag is a very durable racquet backpack that will hold up to two racquets, and has a little pocket/organizer on the front just in case you want some place to store your ID and car keys or small personal belongings. There is a pocket that will allow you to hold balls or many small personal items. It can be used as a sling or backpack. The sling strap is padded. It also comes with a name tag holder, custom zipper pulls, detachable cell phone holder and a built in fence hook.

Jet Navy Mesh Mini Backpack

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December 17, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 5

On the fifth day of platform tennis Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Wilson Platform Tennis Mitt

My friend and I used to play regular tennis when it was cold, and thought about inventing this type of product. Rats...lost opportunities. Wilson's Platform Tennis Mitt features a fleece construction that traps air for warmth and the new design allows for more room for the paddle.

Wilson Platform Tennis Mitt

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December 16, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 4

On the fourth day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me...

Viper Paddle Cover

Good quality simulated black leather cover holds two paddles and balls. Adjustable strap. Viper design coordinates with Viper paddles. Plus, they make you look like a bad-ass...well, maybe not...

Viper Paddle Cover

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December 15, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 3

On the third day of platform tennis Christmas my true love gave to me:

Paddle Rim Protector, from the The Paddle Company, in Black


Synthetic materials and adhesive protector that can be applied to the rim of your paddle. Helps protect and the rim from scrapes and prolongs the life of your favorite paddle.

Paddle Tim Protector, from the The Paddle Company, in Black

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December 14, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 2

On the second day of platform tennis Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Viking Platform Tennis Balls

The most popular balls used by amateur and professional platform players alike, in classic optic yellow (green), high visability orange, and neon pink. Good to see against the snowy backdrop of Christmas platform tennis.

Viking Platform Tennis Balls

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December 13, 2007

THE 12 DAYS OF PLATFORM TENNIS BEFORE CHRISTMAS - DAY 1

On the first day of platform tennis Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Viking Platform Tennis Gloves

Viking paddle tennis gloves keep hands warm while allowing maximum grip control. It features a soft leather palm that is also tacky and absorbent. Full finger gloves, made of knitted acrylic with foam insulation. Wrist straps and an elastic stretch back.

Viking Platform Tennis Gloves

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