Babolat, the French equipment manufacturer who bet on the prodigy Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz (Xinhua/ABACA)

The French equipment manufacturer Babolat had a hollow nose when it justified sponsoring Carlos Alcaraz from his adolescence. Alcaraz is now world number 1 at 19 years old.

After Rafael Nadal (Babolat has worked with Nadal since he was 14), Babolat is equipping the new world number one in men’s tennis, Carlos Alcaraz.

Carlos Alcaraz plays with the Pure Aero 98 model, a new range of rackets from the French manufacturer.

It is a revolutionary so-called “aerodynamic” racquet, capable of more spin, the best in the “spin” category.

Babolat was born in 1875

The company was founded in Lyon in 1875 by Pierre Babolat and is still entirely in the hands of the Babolat family. It is currently directed by Eric Babolat (5th generation), which has been able to diversify its activities in different sports equipment. The company became, in 2022, the Official Stringer of the Wimbledon tournament. It should be remembered that if tennis was invented in England, it is the French brand Babolat which will invent strings for rackets.

The Lyon-based company achieved a turnover of €144,822,700 million in 2021 with 350 employees, a turnover that the company should exceed this year. Babolat currently sells a racquet every 20 seconds.

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