Originally Posted by daze11
I wonder what he meant that the prince graphite long body is his racquet because it goes with his game?? he doesnt say WHY it goes with his game.
i got the sunglasses pix, but i dont know if i will use that on the site cuz its not really so flattering a photo
Thanks Daze, I really do love to research and I'm pretty good at it generally. Loading the archives is really slow, but the only way to get at the old stuff. Shades pic is cute and funny, and I cut him some slack as he must be 19 or even younger in it?
On the racquet, have you checked out the news releases on the Prince site? Here's a link and one of the stories from Rotterdam this year - also a really good pic of signing autographs - love the stuff about the long line of fans below. (some incorrect info in it re: his historical high rank though I think)
Also, really love your website Daze, superb job. I especially love the part about how he could eat a sandwich and there would be a story and it would make you laugh and make you cry - so funny as it's absurd, but kind of true. That's how it is being a Guille fan, it's an emotional experience but well worth it. I found something very touching from an article published during the Nandrolone trial which demonstrates this somewhat, but I have to run now - will post it later.
PRINCE SITE LINK & ARTICLE:
Prince Star Coria Debuts New Prince Racquet Technology
"The feel of this racquet is something that I have never experienced before, I am hitting better shots more often."
Coria signing autographs for fans in Rotterdam
Since first testing a prototype at the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston last November, Guillermo Coria and his new Prince O3 racquet have become inseparable.
The Argentinean tennis star made his debut with the brand's O3 engineered racquets (pronounced O-three) at this year’s Australian Open – and is the first leading player to use Prince's breakthrough in racquet technology and design.
Coria follows in the footsteps of legendary technology pioneers like Pam Shriver, who switched to the oversized racquet in the late ‘70s; Jimmy Connors, who made a change to the T-2000 in the ‘80s; and Michael Chang who switched to the LongBody in the ‘90s.
The O3 series comprises of four models, with the Red and Silver models being available in March and the Blue and Tour models in May 2005.
"The feel of this racquet is something that I have never experienced before, I am hitting better shots more often," said Coria. "My serves are much faster and more precise since I started playing with the O3 in November. The speed and stability of the racquet makes my swings feel lighter, yet I am hitting faster, stronger shots."
Coria, who will spearhead a major O3 launch programme across Europe over the next few months, was overwhelmed by fans in Rotterdam who came to meet the Prince tennis star at an autograph-signing session set up by Prince distributors Van Megen Sports. The Argentinean ace was competing in the 32nd ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in the Dutch city.
"There were about 100-150 people who wanted Guillermo's autograph," said Van Megen's Sales Manager Arjan Verhoeven. "He really enjoyed it. After 30 minutes we had to stop, although people were still in the line for an autograph."
"The people were very, very, very interested in the Prince O3 technology," added Verhoeven. "Everybody loved the way it looked and they all wanted to buy a racquet immediately. We told them that they would have to wait a little bit – but again that wasn't a problem for them. They were prepared to wait for this kind of technology."
Since turning pro in 2000, Coria has had a successful four years earning eight singles titles, two of those titles last year alone in Buenos Aires and at the Monte Carlo AMS. Coria finished the 2004 season reaching a career-high ranking of number seven.