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THE DONNAY TRINITY: LAVER, BORG, AGASSI

Back when tennis racquets were made from trees, a company called "Donnay" owned and operated by a Belgium furniture company, was  by far the most popular tennis brand of racquets in the world.

It seems like every major champion and tennis great before the 90’s used a Donnay racquet, from Rod Laver to Margaret Court and, of course, Bjorn Borg, who became as synonymous with Donnay as his  "ice man" image for his calm-court demeanor..  

In 1981, Donnay produced the most racquets in the world, but the company was slow to transfer to graphite frames and pretty much sat out the decade until it remerged with its own graphite model that Andre Agassi famously used to capture his first Grand Slam title -- Wimbledon in 1992.

However, soon thereafter, Donnay disappeared again.

But in 2010, the company re-emerged when two American brothers who grew up in New York idolizing Borg revived the brand name and combined its rich heritage past with a breakthrough technology called "Xenecore" that took it from being a memorabilia staple into the forefront of today's modern game. Jerry and Bobby Choe re-launched  Donnay that year, using  former grand slam champion Jim Courier to give the company a fresh recognizable face.

They announced a new line of racquets, dubbed the “x-series.” Made with Xenecore technology, the major differences in a Donnay racquet versus every other graphite racquet on the market are the patented solid cores throughout the frames. Conventional racquets have been hollow since the switch from wood to graphite.  

Donnay quickly became recognized as the anecdote brand for wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder injuries mostly caused by hollow racquets that cause a lot of vibration to travel through the wrist and arm.  A study conducted by OrthoKinetic Technologies showed that Donnay solid-core racquet frames reduced shock forces and dampened vibrations by 35-50% more than hollow racquets.

The benefits of solid-core technology also extend to the other properties that players most crave in their racquets -- power, control and stability. These attributes combined with Donnay’s clear-cut comfort advantage, have positioned Donnay to repeat its success back in the day when racquets were made from trees. 

BJORN BORG, AKA THE 'ICE MAN' WAS THE COOLEST PLAYER ON THE COURT, SHOWN HERE CELEBRATING ONE OF HIS FIVE CONSECUTIVE WIMBLEDON TITLES

ROD LAVER SPENT SIX STRAIGHT YEARS AS THE NO. 1 RANKED PLAYER (1964-70), AND HIS 200 CAREER SINGLES TITLES ARE THE MOST IN TENNIS HISTORY.