HEAD Penn Racquet Sports Signs Top Racquetball Professional Rocky Carson

[:en]rocky carson[:]HEAD Penn Racquet Sports announced today that they have welcomed back Rocky Carson to the HEAD Penn Racquetball team. Carson, who finished #3 on the 2009-2010 IRT Season, has signed a long-term contract to exclusively use equipment from HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. Rocky Carson joins the dominating HEAD Penn Team, which will now include 3 of the top 5 ranked players on the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT).

“I’m very excited to be back with HEAD.  Their faith in me as a top-ranked pro racquetball player and our shared vision for the future of racquetball solidified my decision to rejoin the HEAD Penn team.” said Carson.
Carson’s breakout season occurred in 2007-2008 IRT Season when he captured seven tournament titles, including the 2007 US OPEN and the 2008 IRT Pro Nationals, and finished the season as the #1 ranked player in the world. Always a fan favorite on tour, Carson is looking to take his game to the next level while also finding ways to help grow the sport he loves.

“I feel HEAD Penn’s products are superior and give me the best chance to be #1.  I’m glad to be back home!” said Carson.

Carson started to build one of the most impressive resumes the sport of racquetball has ever seen at the age of 10. Carson won seven consecutive USA Racquetball (USAR) Junior National Singles Championships. His success continued after juniors where he captured five USAR National Adult Singles Championships as well as five USAR National Doubles Championships.

A Californian who loves to surf when not on the racquetball court, Carson helped popularize outdoor racquetball with a combined 8 World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR) Singles and Doubles Titles. Rocky Carson is the only racquetball player in history to earn the “racquetball trifecta” by winning the USAR National Singles title, USAR National Doubles title and WOR Outdoor Nationals title in the same season. He has been a member of the USAR National Adult Team for 11 consecutive years. As member of that team, Carson won the 2008 International Racquetball Federation’s (IRF) World Singles Championship.

“Rocky is not only an incredible player but a true ambassador for the sport of racquetball.  His popularity in the sport is unparalleled and we are thrilled to have him back on the HEAD Penn team,” said Ben Simons, HEAD Penn Senior Business Manager of Racquetball & Accessories.

When not traveling the world playing racquetball, Carson lives in Southern California with his wife Jennifer and their children Jasmine and Christian. Carson will begin his trek back to No. 1 in September, as the IRT kicks off its season in Kansas City.

About the men’s professional InternationalRacquetball Tour (IRT): Founded in 1990, the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) features 300 players competing in over 20 Top-Tier and more than 50 Satellite tournaments in Latin America, the United States, and Canada. Tournaments draw amateur and college entrants during the September through May season. The amateur players compete in divisions ranging from beginner to open level for both singles and doubles.

ABOUT HEAD: HEAD NV is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium branded sports equipment. HEAD NV’s ordinary shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange (“HEAD”).Our business is organized into four divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving and Licensing.  We sell products under the HEAD (tennis, squash, paddle and racquetball racquets, tennis balls, tennis footwear, badminton products, alpine skis, ski bindings and ski boots, protection, snowboards, bindings and boots), Penn (tennis and racquetball balls), Tyrolia (ski bindings), and Mares/Dacor (diving equipment) brands. We hold leading positions in all of our product markets and our products are endorsed by some of the world’s top athletes including Novak Djokovic, Andrew Murray, Robin Soderling, Gilles Simon, Stanislas Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Ivan Ljubicic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka, Alize Cornet, Patty Schnyder, Amelie Mauresmo, Zhou Mi, Karim Darwish, Jack Huczek, Bode Miller, Didier Cuche, Marco Büchel, Patrick Staudacher, Rainer Schönfelder, Markus Larsson, Lindsey Vonn, Anja Paerson, Maria Riesch, Elisabeth Görgl, Sarka Zahrobska and Jon Olsson.

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