The tennis tournament played at the end of each year to determine the best of the lot from the top-ranked 8 players is called the Masters’ Tennis Series. In this series, the top 8 players in the calendar year are divided into 2 groups of 4 players each.
There takes place 3 round-robin matches in which each player from both the groups plays against all the other 3 players. The top two players from each of the groups go onto the semi-finals and then the finals.
The Masters’ Tennis tournament is a third-generation evolution of the original format which was initiated in 1970. In the beginning, it was simply called the Masters tournament. Though the same format of matches between the top-ranked tennis players was followed in the initial stages, it did not have any effect on the world rankings.
But as time progressed, the format changed and the rankings of the players got a boost or a downfall depending on their performance in this tournament too. Further changes are going to be made in the 2009 edition of thec with the name being changed to ATP World Tour Finals. From 2009-12 it will be played at the O2 in London.
Babolat is one of the leading makers of tennis, squash, and badminton racquets in the world today with its tennis products enjoying a world-wide customer base. It is a French-based company and boasts of an impressive display of names on its customer list, which include, Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, Robby Ginepri, and the like.
The first strings were made by this company when Pierce Babolat made them out of the natural gut. This was in 1875. The main aim of this company was focussed only on making strings until 1994 when it decided to shift its interests towards becoming a sole “tennis” company.
This meant that the market saw the inflow of Babolat tennis racquets which went on to become a huge rage in the European market. They were later introduced in Japan before making their presence felt in the USA in 2000.
The company first became famous in tennis racquet production in North America and Europe and soon it was getting identified by the dozen by its characteristic double stringed layout. Apart from this, the frame was of the racquet had a distinct feel to it which made it a favorite with many top tennis players. Tennis and its equipment are always fun!