Teflon™ Polymer Technology Helps HEAD™ Tennis Professionals Win Using New Racquets

 Jim Kearns

WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 2, 2009 - HEAD™ professionals delivered strong performances recently at tournaments around the world using new HEAD™ tennis racquets featuring grommets made with Teflon™ friction reducing polymer. Novak Djokovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Mikhail Youzhny and Andy Murray all took the top spots at ATP tournaments. Djokovic plays the YouTek™ Speed Pro, Kuznetsova and Youzhny the MG Extreme Pro and Andy Murray the YouTek™ Radical Pro.

HEAD™ asked Chemours to develop a material with a low-friction contact surface that would enable strings to slide though a racquet’s grommets with almost no friction.  With little resistance, the strings are able to maintain their energy during ball impact, providing more power. 

“This is clearly a winning technology for our customer,” said Christa Kaiser, global business manager -- Teflon™ consumer.  “Sports equipment is a large and diverse category so we will be looking for opportunities to expand the Teflon™ brand and our polymer technology into this segment.”

Chemours Fluoropolymer Solutions is a leading producer of fluoropolymer resins, additives, films, finishes and dispersions, PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), PFA (perfluoroalkoxy), FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), ETFE (ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene) and PVF (polivinylfluoride), marketed under the registered trademarks Teflon™, Tefzel™, Tedlar™ and Zonyl™.  Major markets for these fluoropolymer products include the automotive, chemical processing, semiconductor, oil exploration, chemical handling, data communication, aerospace, electronics, housewares, building and renewable energy industries.  For more information, please visit www.teflon.com.

Chemours is a science-based products and services company.  Founded in 1802, Chemours puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, Chemours offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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Photo: Novak Djokovic
Caption: HEAD™ professional Novak Djokovic plays the YouTek™ Speed Pro, featuring grommets made with Teflon™ friction reducing polymer

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