Donnay's Pro One: A Thoroughly Modern Version of a Coveted 'Blast From The Past'
NEW YORK, Decemeber 19, 2011 - The Donnay Pro One, the legendary
racquet that helped propel Andre Agassi
and Conchita Martinez to Wimbledon
titles in the 1990s, has returned to
tennis in a reincarnated version that
combines the original model’s
flexibility and solid feel with the
brand’s unique solid-core technology for
the modern game.
The new Pro One is designed for a wide
range of playing levels and styles, from
aggressive 3.5-NTRP-rated recreational
players to touring professionals such as
James Blake who is using it on the ATP
The new Pro One was carefully and
meticulously developed over a period of
nearly two years. “The original Pro One
OS and its 95-square-inch sibling, the
Donnay Pro One International, were very
special racquets,” said Jerry Choe,
Donnay president and chief technology
officer. “Players have been clamoring
for a new and updated version ever since
we re-launched the Donnay brand in 2009.
“But rather than merely put the ‘Pro
One’ name on a new frame just for
marketing purposes, we set out to
recapture the original’s superb feel and
touch by incorporating our
patent-pending XēneCore™ technology to
make it more suitable for today’s
The first design goal was to come as
close as possible to matching the
original Pro One’s coveted flexibility
and head-light balance without
compromising the overall integrity of
the new frame. Next, designers reduced
the stationary weight and swing weight,
but increased power and vastly improved
shock-resistant comfort and stability.
The third challenge was to downsize the
original Pro One’s 107-square-inch head
size to a mid-plus version that today’s
accomplished players prefer for
quickness and stability on serves, from
the baseline and at net.
The original Pro One was a heavyweight
at 12.1 ounces and it was hollow-bodied
like most conventional racquets then and
now. Donnay designers lightened its
weight to enable faster swing speeds
which gives the modern player less
effort and more power without
compromising control, whether he or she
has a medium or long swing.
This was accomplished by injecting
Donnay’s solid-core XēneCore™ material
throughout the frame which contains the
energy on ball contact on the strings
and in the head of the frame instead of
having it escape and run down the
hitting arm which results in a loss of
power and can cause pain.
The latter is especially important for
players with a history of arm and
shoulder problems like Blake. “I felt
comfortable almost immediately with the
Pro One and I am competing pain-free
since switching to it,” said Blake who
has been playing with a prototype
version since last spring.
“I'd been looking for a new racquet
probably about two years,” said Blake.
“I was trying pretty much everything out
there and couldn't find a racquet. The
Donnay combines the power and control I
need to give me maximum confidence on
the court. I felt comfortable almost
immediately with it.”
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About Donnay USA Ltd.
Donnay USA Ltd. (www.donnayusa.com)
together with Donnay International S.A.
designs, manufactures, and distributes
premium tennis equipment, apparel, and
accessories under the Donnay brand. The
technologically advanced and innovative
new X-Series, X-P Dual and X-Dual
racquets developed using XēneCore™
Technology represent the return of
Donnay to the U.S. market. Headquartered
in New York City, the company’s products
can be found online at its website as
well as in tennis specialty shops.