Babolat History

Founded in Lyon, France 1875, Babolat invented racket strings and is the oldest company specializing in racket sports.

The Babolat "Double line" logo is easily identifiable (white, black or yellow on frames and black or red on strings). Babolat has built its reputation by offering products at the forefront of technology and by supplying equipment to generations of champions who have won the most prestigious competitions.

Today, Babolat cand be found in more than 100 countries, 20 000 sporting goods stores and 20 000 partner clubs. Babolat offers a complete range of products for tennis and badminton players, with an offer to suit every style of play.

2012

Babolat announces Play&Connect racket,

on may 24th 2012 at Roland-Garros with Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Na Li and Kim Clijsters.

2010

Babolat launches Padel range..

2008

Launch of the Xfeel range

Babolat launches a new range of badminton rackets for high-level players.

2005

Andy Roddick signs a contract with Babolat and plays with Team All Court shoes

At the same time, Babolat launched its shoes in Japan and the USA.

2003

Launch of new "aero" racket concept

adopted by Rafael Nadal

2003

Launch of the first shoe with our partner Michelin

On the initiative of Eric Babolat, our CEO, Babolat offers a complete range of technical equipment for the tennis player : rackets, strings, shoes, balls, apparel, grips, accessories, and bags.

2001

European launch of our tennis ball range

2000

Launch of the Sensor stringing machine range

This new generation of stringing machines provides precision through its high-powered electronic intelligence.

1999

The Woofer is launched

With the Woofer, Babolat designs the first dynamic system able to make the frame and strings interactive when hitting.

1998

The first Grand Slam victory for Babolat rackets

Carlos Moya wins the French Open and becomes the World Number One a few months later.

1995

Launch of the Badminton range

In parallel with the tennis racket frames, Babolat launched its very first Badminton rackets in 1995.

1994

Launch of the first Babolat tennis racket frame range

1994 marks a new turning point in the history Babolat. After more than a century exclusively devoted to strings and accessories, Pierre Babolat, the Chairman at the time, gambled on launching a range of rackets. Babolat goes on to become a complete equipment brand for players. Carlos Moya was the first to win with our rackets.

1992

The racket Diagnostic Center (RDC) is set up

In under two minutes, RDC allows a complete and very reliable diagnosis of the racket and strings. The RDC is still a must-have tool for stringers!

1990

Pete Sampras: a legend

Pete Sampras is the only player in the century to have won Wimbledon seven times and holds an all time record total of 14 Grand Slam victories. All with his Babolat VS strings!

1986

Launch of synthetic Babolat strings made in France: Multifilament strings

Multifilament strings soon became the top of the range in the field of synthetic strings... as a complement to gut.

1983

Yannick Noah: pure passion

Yannick Noah emerged victorious at the end of an unforgettable French Open final. He knew how to share his passion and he was loyal to VS throughout his career.

1982

The Elastocross is launched

Created to reposition the strings after each exchange and increase their working life. Elastocross would become the faithful partner of player concentration and became a touchstone in the industry. For some people, a cult item!

1981

Björn borg is awarded a golden VS by Paul Babolat

with his revolutionary twho-handed backhand, Björn Borg was like a rock on the court. An exemplary champion, a gigantic figure in the history of tennis… An ambassador for VS !

1981

The "Competition" departement is created.

The "Competition" departement has a team of experts stringers who accompany Babolat Team players year-round to all the tournaments in the world. It's precision work ! Once a player detected a 3-gram difference between two rackets.

1981

Creation of our first electric stringing machine : The "Exclusive"

1980

Introduction of the "Double Line" logo at the base of the racket head

1968

Arthur Ashe and VS

Arthur Ashe was the first African-American player to win Wimbledon even though, in 1968, he was still an amateur! He later became the first winner of the US Open. All this with Babolat VS strings!

1958

Babol is launched

An innovation designed to protect natural gut strings and prolong their life. The process was so successful that soon people didn't "coat strings with Babol", they "babolized" their strings!

1955

Creation of "Elascord", the first Babolat synthetic string

1950

An international distribution network is set up

All over the world, players want Babolat strings. To satisfy the demand, Paul Babolat organized our international distribution network.

1927

The high point of French tennis in VS with Suzanne Lenglen and the Musketeers

With her inimitable style and almost theatrical posturing, Suzanne Lenglen was the very first female tennis star.*The Musketeers (Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste) jointly accumulated 20 Grand Slam titles and 6 Davis Cups.

1925

Creation of the famous VS natural gut string

In 1925 VS quality was introduced, on the initiative of Albert Babolat. Originally developed with the "Musketeers", VS has equipped the racket heads of the greatest champions ever since. The world benchmark for strings was born. To this day, the performance of VS natural gut string remains unrivalled.

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Babolat invents tennis racket strings

In 1874, Walter Clopton Wingfield created tennis. One year after the official invention of tennis, Pierre Babolat created the first tennis strings, made of natural gut.