BABOLAT: The Oldest Name in Tennis

Hello everyone George here. I recently read an interesting article on Babolat and thought I'd share it will fellow tennis enthusiast. When we associate Tennis with history it often leads to Wimbledon or the All England Club establish in 1877 the birthplace of modern tennis. BUT....

interstingly, the french company Babolat founded in Lyon was around two years prior to the Wimbledon in 1875 already making racket strings.

The founder of Babolat was Mr. Pierre Babolat

Originally the company was making strings for musical instruments and sausage cases from animal intestines.

 Current owner Eric Babolat is the great great grandson of Pierre

Babolat till this day is still a family owned business with 350 employees.
Babolat works closes with individual players who are all invited to the headquarters in Lyon to be introduced to all the workers and given a personal tour by Eric himself.


  • 1875 Tennis strings are made from animal intestines still till this day 
  • 1925 Rene Lacoste wins the French Open using Babolat strings 
  • 1955 Introduction of fist synthetic string 
  • 1994 Babolat launches its first tennis racket 
    • Current Babolat users are Rafael Nadal, Li Na, and Eugenie Bouchard
  • 2003 Selling tennis clothes, footwear, and accessories 
  • 2012 first hi-tech racket the Babolat Play introduced which transmit data to user's computer 

Mr. Babolat's Motto:

"Motivation is the key to everything, so loving what you do makes the difference." 

Staff Introduction:
  Shinichi George Kidera  APF ACADEMIES COACH

"I am wishing Federer to win his 18th grand slam title. It will be amazing either way how many more times will we see such greatness!" 

Back into the swing of things in 2014! My goal is to definitely learn more Thai this year, play more tennis, get into great shape, and as always inspire those who want to become better tennis players. Have a great start everyone to your new year and keep your goals alive and in-line.


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