Dunlop

A company that began as a tire manufacturer, but has developed its name in the sports industry and attracts some of the biggest players and tournaments on the tour. It all started with the commercial production of tires in 1889. Dunlop entered into the sports market in 1909. After that the company started developing tennis balls in 1923 and then in 1932 launched its most successful and revolutionary racquet, the Maxply tennis racquet; a racquet which was used by Rod Laver and that embarked numerous records in its era.

Dunlop

A company that began as a tire manufacturer, but has developed its name in the sports industry and attracts some of the biggest players and tournaments on the tour. It all started with the commercial production of tires in 1889. Dunlop entered into the sports market in 1909. After that the company started developing tennis balls in 1923 and then in 1932 launched its most successful and revolutionary racquet, the Maxply tennis racquet; a racquet which was used by Rod Laver and that embarked numerous records in its era.

Dunlop Products

With its legacy and history of over 100 years, Dunlop has certainly made strong roots in the sports industry. The company is responsible for making products of the following categories:

Apart from the mentioned products, the company also manufactures bags, apparel, and different accessories in each category.

Sponsorships

Dunlop is the official tennis ball of the Australian Open and many ATP Masters 1000, ATP Tour 500, and ATP Tour 250 tournaments making it the number 1 ball used on the ATP Tour. Apart from tournaments, the company also sponsors many athletes.

In squash, Dunlop is the official ball of the Professional Squash Association and Women’s Squash Association. Dunlop also sponsors top athletes in the professional circuit.

Dunlop & Tennis

Dunlop balls are probably the most used balls in the tennis circuit around the world. Its balls are used at club level, tennis academies, local & national tournaments, and ATP Tour.

Some of the achievements of the Dunlop racquets done by players are:

  • In 1956, Lew Hoad reached all four Grand Slam finals winning the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon but lost the US Open. Otherwise, he would have been the first player to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year

  • Rod Laver won all four Grand Slam titles in 1962

  • Rod Laver did it again; winning all four Grand Slams in 1969

  • John McEnroe beat Bjorn Borg in a dream 1981 Wimbledon final. Borg was 5-time defending champion and had beaten McEnroe in the 1980’s Wimbledon final

  • Steffi Graf won the Golden Slam (all four Grand Slams and Olympic Gold Medal) in 1988

  • Thomas Johansson won the Australian Open in 2002

  • Amelie Mauresmo won Wimbledon in 2006

  • Kevin Anderson reached a career-best ranking of 5 with Dunlop racquets in 2018. He did so by reaching the US Open 2017 and Wimbledon 2018 finals

Dunlop & Squash

Dunlop is also a big name in the squash world and has a big market. The company sponsors top athletes which include Ali Farag, Nick Matthew, and Greg Gaultier.

Some of the achievements of the Dunlop racquets done by players are:

  • Jonah Barrington won first of his seven British Open squash titles in 1967

  • Amr Shabana won the last of his four World Open squash titles in 2009

  • Nick Matthews won first of his three Commonwealth Gold Medals in 2010

  • Greg Gaultier won the World Open squash title in 2015

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