With the invention of tennis strings in 1875, the same year of its founding in Lyon (France), Babolat is today the longest-running international company specialized in racket sports in the world.
Babolat uses its expertise to provide complete equipment for tennis, badminton and padel: rackets, strings, shoes, balls and shuttlecocks, bags, apparel and accessories.
Babolat has since become the number 1* brand in tennis racket sales in the United States, Europe, and in Japan.
*Sources: Sports Marketing Surveys Jan. – Dec. 2016 / TIA, in tennis specialty stores, Dec. 2017 / Yano Research Institute Dec. 2017
Numerous players including Rafael Nadal (ESP), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), Dominic Thiem (AUT), Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) and Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) trust Babolat for performing at the highest level.
Babolat also partners with legendary tennis brands such as the French Open and Wimbledon.
BABOLAT INVENTOR AND WORLD LEADER IN STRINGS
What do Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Caroline Wozniacki have in common?
They all use Babolat rackets strung with Babolat strings « Made in France ».
Originally, the company in Lyon (France) made natural gut strings for musical instruments.
In 1875, the Englishman Bussey sought Pierre Babolat to ask if he could develop strings to fit his tennis racket frames. This is how, a year after the invention of tennis, Babolat invented the first tennis strings in the world.
Because strings account for 50 % of the performance of a racket, they represent a key part of a player’s equipment. When you strike the ball, for four thousandths of a second, the string is the only thing in contact with the ball.
BABOLAT SHOES: 100% TENNIS
In tennis, 80% of movements are lateral or diagonal, with propulsion of the forefoot. Players combine quick acceleration, fast braking and abrupt changes of direction. Based on these observations and discussions with players, Babolat developed in 2003 the first shoe specifically adapted to this sport.
Speed, agility, stability, support, comfort, and lightness are qualities sought after by tennis players.
For 16 years, Babolat has been designing and developing tennis shoes to meet the specific needs of the sport.
Based on a unique technological outsole, the Babolat shoe range is developed in partnership with Michelin, the brand contact expert. Inspired by rally racing tires, the composition of rubber and the outsole patterns specially developed by Babolat and Michelin bring spectacular improvements in grip and durability. Thanks to these technologies, the Babolat shoes offer an exceptional resistance to abrasion and grip: a real revolution in the world of the tennis shoe!