January 6, 2014 – Mentor, Ohio – Own the Zone Sporting Goods announced today that interest is high and sales are brisk for EcoGrip® the world’s first biodegradable overgrip for tennis and other racket sports.
“We are seeing strong global interest in EcoGrip, our fantastic playing biodegradable overgrip for the tennis and racquet sports markets. Realizing we have developed an innovative, eco-friendly overgrip, several major companies in the racket sports industry have approached us about working with them in 2014” said David Marcus, Co-President of Own the Zone. “We expect 2014 to be a breakout year for EcoGrip. The global tennis industry is ready to go green and do its part to protect the environment. Currently this can be done via innovative recycling programs for used tennis balls via Project Green Ball or it can be done by using great playing overgrip like EcoGrip, which, once discarded, decomposes naturally in the environment within one year.”
Only on the market since October 1st, EcoGrip is quickly gaining a following among junior and college players.
In October Karl Collins, 11, from Richmond, California took the runner’s up trophy at the national Little Mo Tournament playing with OTZ EcoGrip on his racquet. Karl’s father Martyn said, “Karl loves EcoGrip. He says the quality is very high and he loves the tackiness, look and feel of the grip.” Already the University of Chicago men ‘s tennis team and Laverne University women’s team are using EcoGrip. “EcoGrip appeals to the next generation of junior and college tennis players,” said Julius Stockfish Co-President of OTZ. “Young tennis players are the quickest adopters of green, eco-friendly products. They instantly understand that using a great playing product like EcoGrip not only improves their tennis game, but also helps keep our environment clean. Its win-win for everyone.”
“EcoGrip is a big hit with my players,” says Annie Rockwell, the tennis pro at the Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas and former USPTA National Singles and Doubles Champion. “I run the #1 clinic on the Strip @ 8am for men and women, 3.5-4.5, and my players are extremely pleased and a bit surprised by the great feel and performance of this new eco-friendly tennis overgrip. I mean how does a small company like Own the Zone make such a great new tennis product!”