Magazine article USA TODAY

Sweet Prince of the Court

Magazine article USA TODAY

Sweet Prince of the Court

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It launched the original oversized tennis racquet in the 1970s, constant taper system in the 1980s, and the Iongbody in the 1990s. In the new century, Prince Sports, Inc., Bordentown, N.J., is at it again with [O.sup.3]. By increasing the stability of the racquet without compromising its structural integrity, Prince has been able to increase the size of the sweet spot dramatically--all without altering the size of the racquet or changing weight or string tension.

What the company's team of researchers has done is reengineer traditional pin-sized string holes into giant O-Ports, providing total string freedom for a livelier response across the entire spring bed. This expanded the sweet spot by 54%, turning it into a sweet zone. What has been added to our game is more, more, more--more accurate, faster serves; more controlled volleys; and more penetrating ground strokes. In other words, more of our best shots more often.

Not only is the engineering radical, but so is the look. …

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