About HEAD - The Company
Head, initially a ski company, was founded in 1950 by aeronautical engineer Howard Head. In the late 1960s, Head moved into tennis when Howard Head invented a new, aluminum tennis racquet. The idea became a success and was first introduced in the 1969 U.S. Open. After Howard Head's departure, one of the tennis players that Head sponsored, Arthur Ashe, won Wimbledon min 1975, beating Jimmy Connors in the final. In 1987, Head started making athletic footwear, including tennis shoes. The following year, Head opened a new plant in Austria in order to produce more tennis racquets. In 1997, Head created the first titanium and graphite tennis racquet. Today, Head is famous both for its full range of tennis products and for top pros, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who use Head tennis racquets.