Murray Sustains 'Radical' Influence Begun by Agassi, World No. 2 a U.S. Open Favorite with Next Generation Racquet

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Bearing the weight of tradition can be a strenuous challenge. But when it comes to carrying on the winning ways associated with HEAD's Radical racquet series - one of the best-selling frames in the world - there's no one better than the ultimate athlete in tennis today: Andy Murray.

I have played some of my best tennis since making the switch to the YOUTEK Radical and am hopeful it will carry me to my first-ever Gram Slam title

Bearing the weight of tradition can be a strenuous challenge. But when it comes to carrying on the winning ways associated with HEAD's Radical racquet series - one of the best-selling frames in the world - there's no one better than the ultimate athlete in tennis today: Andy Murray.

Murray, the No. 2 player in the world and often cited as the game's fittest athlete, picks up where former No. 1 Andre Agassi left off: Successfully wielding the Radical as his weapon of choice as HEAD launches the next generation in the frame series.

"It is an honor to carry on the Radical tradition made famous by one of greatest tennis players of all time in Agassi," said Murray. "I have played some of my best tennis since making the switch to the YOUTEK Radical and am hopeful it will carry me to my first-ever Gram Slam title"

A favorite to win this year's U.S. Open, Murray has put his new racquet to use as of late taking the Rogers Cup title in Montreal and earning a trip to the semifinals in Cincinnati. Competitive players like Murray demand a racquet that provides ultimate feel for both power and control, exactly what's needed by one of the game's best tacticians. Murray knows how to construct a point, winning at times through a thrust of power or a deftly delivered stroke of finesse.

In conjunction with Murray's U.S. Open debut, HEAD is launching "Radical Messenger," a flash-based video messaging application that will allow tennis fans to deliver digital messages to one another in an innovative way that no e-mail or IM possibly can. Murray, armed with his YOUTEK Radical Pro, will be the messenger, smashing virtual tennis balls containing written messages to computer screens around the world. The app will be available to more than 200 million users on Facebook and on HEAD's microsite, http://radicalmessenger.head.com.

The Radical series is powered by YOUTEK™, which combines superior technologies to give you the individual benefits you need to match your playing style. Not only does YOUTEK meet your individual needs but it enhances your performance on the court and brings out the best in "you".

YOUTEK incorporates d3oTM, a "smart material" which dramatically changes its behavior under dynamic loading or impact. Located in the shaft of the racquet, d3oTM reacts to the needs of a player in nano seconds, providing a softer touch and better feel on slow speed impacts, like slices and drop shots, and increases stiffness necessary to create power on high speed impacts, such as a serves and passing shots.

Another feature of YOUTEK is the introduction of HEAD Grommets with Teflon® friction reducing polymer, which allow minimal string friction and creates a bigger "sweet spot" through the even distribution of tension across the entire string bed.

The YOUTEK Radical series includes the following:

  • YOUTEK Radical Pro: This is Andy Murray's racquet of choice. It's a slightly heavier version for extra power with an open-string pattern providing extra pop and spin.
  • YOUTEK Radical MP: Offers the perfect combination of power and control that every player is looking for with a mid plus head size for more control.
  • YOUTEK Radical OS: Offers the perfect combination of power and control that every player is looking for with an oversized head for more power.
  • YOUTEK Radical Lite: A lighter more powerful version of Murray's racquet. Its excellent maneuverability and feel appeal to a wide range of players. The open-string pattern provides the extra spin you are looking for.

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