- Wilson Sporting Goods
company_name = Wilson Sporting Goods
Subsidiaryof Amer Sports
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sportswearand Sports equipment
Footwear Accessories Sportswear
homepage = [http://www.wilson.com/ wilson.com] The Wilson Sporting Goods Company is a sports equipment manufacturer based in
Chicago, Illinois, and currently is a foreign subsidiaryof the Finnish company Amer Sports[cite news |first=Milt |last=Freudenheim |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title= Amer Group to Acquire Wilson Sporting Goods |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE7DF1038F932A15751C0A96F948260 |format= |work= The New York Times|publisher= The New York Times Company|location= |id= |pages= |page= |date=1989-02-21 |accessdate=2008-05-27 |language= |quote= |archiveurl= |archivedate= ] that also owns Atomic, Suunto, Precor, and Salomon.
Wilson tennis racquets are used among many professional tennis players.
Pete Samprasused one specific model to win 14 grand slam tennis tournaments; some of the best players currently using Wilson racquets are:
Bethanie MattekFormer Wilson brand racquet-using players include Jack Kramer(has an eponymous model), Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, Stefan Edberg, and Steffi Graf.
kevlarPro Staff model (Sampras' racquet) was heavy (350+gm) and small-headed (85 sq. in.); Roger Federer also used the same racquet model. Currently, he uses the KSix-One Tour model that is heavy (354 gm) and slightly larger(90 sq. in.). Also, many use custom-made racquets that perform differently than do the mass-produced versions.
In 1979, Wilson tennis balls were first used in the US Open, [cite web|url=http://www.wilson.com/wilson/racquet/products.jsp?CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673975924&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302756175&bmUID=1182358231397| title=Wilson US Open ball|accessdate=2006-06-23] and still are used to this day. In 2006, the
Australian Openbegan using Wilson Tennis Balls [cite web|url=http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/event_guide/sponsors.html|title=Australian Open Sponsors|accessdate=2007-06-23] . The Australian Open reported using more than 450,000 Wilson tennis balls during the tournament.Fact|date=May 2007
Aside from tennis racquets, the Wilson sporting goods company also makes tennis shoes, strings, clothes, and racquet bags.
The Wilson football factory in
Ada, Ohiois the only dedicated football factory in the world and the only place where footballs are manufactured in the United States.Fact|date=May 2007 Wilson has been the exclusive provider of footballs for the National Football Leaguesince 1941.Fact|date=May 2007 The official NFL footballs are sold exclusively to the NFL franchises and are labeled with the model number F1010.Fact|date=May 2007 The official NFL football sold to the general public, which is labeled with the model number F1000, is essentially the same ball which has passed less stringent quality control checks. Fact|date=May 2007 The F1000 model is commonly used for the collection of football player autographs.Fact|date=May 2007
Wilson Staff is the
golfdivision of Wilson Sporting Goods. The company designs and manufactures a full range of golf equipment, accessories and clothing using the Wilson Staff, ProStaff and Ultra brands.
Many of the worlds top
professional golfers have used Wilson equipment including Arnold Palmerand Ben Crenshawboth of whom used a Wilson 8802 putter, Crenshaw's receiving the moniker "Little Ben" such was his proficiency with it, and Nick Faldo. Current Wilson Staff players include Open and USPGA champion Padraig Harrington.
Wilson is very active at sponsoring events, clubs and athletes.
In popular culture
Wilson the Volleyball
One of its products, a volleyball, "co-starred" alongside
Tom Hanksin the movie " Cast Away". After the success of the film, Wilson Sporting Goods actually created and marketed volleyballs with Wilson's face on it for a short time.
* [http://www.wilson.com/ Wilson Sporting Goods]
* [http://www.amersports.com/ Amer Sports (parent company)]
* [http://www.wilsonstaff.com/ Wilson Golf] Other
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