Top ranked girls from Greece and Israel win with OTZ bands on their racquets


02/08/09- Winchester, VA:

Own the Zone Sporting Goods, LLC reported that its OTZ band vibration dampeners were used this past week by several top players at the Junior Fed Cup for Girls 16 and under tournament in Kfar Saba, Israel. This was a highly competitive group with Israel, Ukraine, Russia, France Greece, Turkey and the Czech Republic competing to qualify for the final round.

“Coaches and players from the various teams received OTZ bands and showed great interest in our dampener,” said Julius Stockfish, co- President of Own the Zone. Before the teams took the court the #1 seed from Greece, Despoina Papamichail, had already tied a green OTZ band to her racquet and was wearing an OTZ band on her wrist. She did some hitting with the band on her racquet and said she was ready to play with the OTZ band in her next match.”

Despoina Papamichail from Greece playing for the first time with an OTZ band edged # 2 seed Solene Ficheux of France 6:2, 2:6, 6:4. Liat Zimmerman ranked #1 for Israel and playing with a green OTZ band defeated #1 seed Teresa Smitkova of the Czech Republic 3:6 6:4 6:2. Liat has been playing with OTZ bands for more than a year.

Qualifying group winners Ukraine and Russia will be joined by teams from Hungary, Slovak Republic, Romania, Belarus, Croatia and Germany at the final rounds of the Helvetie Cup from 03-05 August in Leysin, Switzerland.

“We were very fortunate to get the bands to various teams on the last day of the tournament,” said David Marcus, Co-President of the Own the Zone. “The fact that these top seeded girls played and won with OTZ bands is very exciting. OTZ bands are quite popular with Junior players worldwide as indicated by our 2009 sales.”

About Own the Zone Sporting Goods, LLC:

At Own the Zone we like to say, “It’s Racquet Science, not Rocket Science!” The OTZ band vibration dampener, significantly improves upon the shock absorbing solution currently used by several of the world’s top ranked tennis pros, including Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, and Andre Agassi. Called the “World’s Best Vibration Dampener” by Tennis Warehouse Australia, the OTZ band dampeners are sold by tennis pro shops and specialty stores throughout the world. To find out more about Own the Zone go to or to receive more information contact us at .

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