Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked ATP star, showcased the benefits of the new HEAD Graphene Speed tennis racquet today by hitting a HEAD ATP tennis ball that travelled faster than an Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car, driven by Australian GT racecar driver, Dean Grant, at Melbourne's Sandown racetrack.
Always jovial, Djokovic waited anxiously on the track after the green flag was waved to signal the start of the ultimate speed challenge. As the Audi R8 sped towards Novak Djokovic, he simultaneously served the ball. The ball crossed the finish line with split seconds to spare before the race car followed as Novak applauded the new racquet, leaving Djokovic undefeated once again.
Graphene is a unique material consisting of a single two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms with exceptional properties. Although it's extremely lightweight, it has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel. The integration of Graphene in the racquet shaft allowed HEAD engineers to reduce weight in the middle part of the tennis racquet and shift it to functionally more relevant areas in the grip and the head instead. As a result, the racquet becomes easier to swing, and with less effort more power is generated.
A new HEAD viral film featuring Djokovic trying the new HEAD racquet in a quite unusual secret testing session was also premiered today. The film can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/headtennis .
The new Speed racquet will be available in retail stores around the world from today.