HEAD Penn Racquet Sports is proud to announce the return of one of racquetball’s all time great players to its family of playing professionals. Six-time Men’s Professional World Champion Cliff Swain (Boston, Mass.) has signed a long term contract to exclusively use equipment from HEAD.
Swain’s return to the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) coincides with his return to HEAD, whose equipment he used in earning most of his world titles. The USA Racquetball Hall of Famer plans to play in all IRT’s Grand Slam events during the 2008-2009 season, as well as most of the Tier 1 events. In addition, Swain will be a featured star on the Classic Pro Racquetball Tour (CPRT) where he will be favored to win the year end #1 world ranking.
Voted into the New England Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, Cliff's career credentials are permanently displayed in his hometown next to other American sports icons Larry Bird, Ted Williams and Tom Brady. These credentials include 11 IRT Grand Slam event titles, an 80 percent career winning percentage on the IRT Tour and 65 IRT Tour wins in 100 finals appearances.
In addition to winning the IRT World Championship six times, he finished runner up in the season points race five times. In the early 1990s, Swain quit professional racquetball for two years to pursue a professional tennis career. After his tennis detour, Swain returned to the racquetball court and quickly took back his No. 1 ranking in the first year back.
“Cliff Swain is truly a racquetball legend and has been the iconic face of the sport for a quarter of a century,” said Doug Ganim, HEAD/Penn Indoor Promotions Manager. “We at HEAD Penn Racquet Sports are honored to welcome back the greatest racquetball player of all time.”