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The ProStaff Pros

In addition to Pete Sampras, the most visible current and former professional players who use or have used the ProStaff Original (6.0) 85 include former number 1 players Stefan Edberg, Chris Evert and Jim Courier, as well as Mary Pierce. Between these five players, they have won 23 Grand Slam singles titles using the ProStaff Original 6.0 85.

Pete Sampras - 14 Grand Slam singles titles - all with the ProStaff Original (6.0) 85

Residence: Tampa, Florida, USA
Height: 6'1" (1.85m)
Plays: Right-handed
Career prize money: $42,057,490

Turned pro: 1988
Weight: 175 (77kg)
Highest singles ranking: 1 (April 12, 1993)
Highest doubles ranking: 27 (February 12, 1990)

Year-end Ranking History:
2001: 7
2000: 3
1999: 5
1998: 1
1997: 1
1996: 1
1995: 1
1994: 1
1993: 1
1992: 3
1991: 6
1990: 5
1989: 81
1988: 97

1998 In Review

  • First player in ATP Rankings history to finish No. 1 in six consecutive years
  • Held the No. 1 rank for all but six weeks
  • Has held the No. 1 position for 253 weeks in all
  • Has won at least one Grand Slam title in six consecutive years
  • Won fifth Wimbledon title
  • Finished year at 61-17 (singles), 1-3 (doubles)
  • Won at Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Vienna
  • Was in the finals at San Jose, Cincinnati, Paris indoor.
  • Was in semis at U.S. Open, Stuttgart-indoor, ATP World Championships
  • Was in quarters at Australian Open, Toronto, and Lyon
  • Finished No. 1 in service games won (89%)
  • Finished No. 1 in 1st serve point won (83%)
  • Finished No. 2 in aces (901)

Stefan Edberg - 6 Grand Slam singles titles, 3 Grand Slam doubles titles - all with ProStaff Original (6.0) 85. Recognized by fans and players alike for being one of the most natural volleyers in the history of the game, Stefan Edberg was also one of the most liked. His ProStaff Original (and later 6.0 85) was distinguishable by the very small Wilson "W" logo on his strings.

Birthplace: Vasternik, Sweden
Nationality: Swedish
Home: London
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 177 lbs
Grand Slam Titles: 6 Singles-2 Australian, 2 US Open, 2
Wimbledon; Doubles-2 Australian, 1 US Open
Ranked #1 in the world for 72 weeks
Career Singles Record: 764-250

Jim Courier - 4 Grand Slam singles titles (sometimes painted black). The ultimate baseline grinder. Jim Courier is known for his hard-hitting, unorthodox groundstrokes and never-say-die attitude.

Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175
Plays: Right-handed
Career Titles: 20
Birthplace: Sanford, Fla.
Birthdate: Aug. 17, 1970

Career Highlights
1997 - Captured his second title of the season by beating Magnus Gustafsson, 7-6 (12-10), 3-6, 6-3, to win the China Open.

Defeated Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-4, to win the Infiniti Open.

Entered the new year with a new coach in former top-10-player Harold Solomon after finishing 1996 out of the top 25 for the first time since 1988.

Vaulted to 15th in the world by winning the Qatar Open, snapping a 10-month drought for his 20th career singles title and first since prevailing in Philadelphia the previous March.

1996 - Lost to Andre Agassi in the Australian Open quarterfinals after blowing a two-set advantage to Pete Sampras in a quarterfinal match the year before.
1993 - Defended his Australian Open crown and posted runner-up finishes at both the French Open and Wimbledon.
1992 - Won his first Australian Open title to go along with his second French Open championship.

Earned the world's No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career.

1991 - Won three titles, including Key Biscayne and the French Open.

Held off fellow American Andre Agassi in the French final, the first all-American final since 1954.

Chris Evert - 18 Grand Slam singles titles - 4 won with the ProStaff Original 85. The "Queen of Tennis", Chris Evert was America's sweetheart during the tennis craze of the 1970's. Her style, grace and coolness on court also earned her the dubious nickname of "Ice Maiden". Her rivalry with Martina Navratilova was one of the greatest and longest of all sports.

At the age of 15, Chris Evert defeated the world's number one women's tennis player. At 19, she won the singles titles at Wimbledon and the French and Italian Opens. She was one of the first top players to rely on a two-handed backhand. Her ranking internationally was never lower than number 4 in all 19 years she played tennis professionally. She had the highest winning percentage of any professional tennis player ever (she won 1309 matches and lost 146 in her 19 year career). She won a total of 6 U.S. opens, 7 French opens, 3 Wimbledons, and 2 Australian opens. She was the first player to win 1,000 single matches and was unanimously selected for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

Mary Pierce - 1 Grand Slam singles title with the ProStaff 6.0 85 (sometimes painted black)

Birthdate: January 15, 1975
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Height: 5'  10"  (1.80 m)
Weight: 150 lbs. (64 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (March 1989)
WTA TOUR singles titles: 12
WTA TOUR doubles titles: 5
(Grand Slam titles: 1 singles)
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 2
1998 PRIZE MONEY:     662,237
1998 W-L RECORD:   35-12

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