Racket Strings has signed squash great
Natalie Grainger to a multi-year sponsorship
agreement, company officials announced today. Grainger, who won the US
Nationals in March after switching to Ashaway's new SuperNick® XL Micro, is
currently ranked #1 in the US and #4 on the Women's International Squash
Players Association ("WISPA") Tour.
Natalie as part of our team is a great coup for Ashaway Racket Strings,"
said Steve Crandall, Ashaway's Vice President. "Not only is she a great
player and a great coach, but as WISPA President, she is one of the true
leaders in the sport and one of the most engaging people around. We expect
she will be a force in our industry for many years to come."
is a former WISPA world number one ranked player and has been ranked in the
top ten in the world for seven of the last ten years. She is President of
the Board of WISPA, the governing body for the women's worldwide
professional squash tour. Grainger is also Head Coach for the US Under 23
development program and an advisor to DC Squash Academy, an inner-city youth
program that uses squash, combined with academic tutoring and mentoring, to
enrich children's lives. She was formerly the US Junior Women's Team
Assistant Coach, which finished a record-tying 4th at the 2005 Junior World
part, former South African and recently minted American citizen Natalie is
also happy to be on the team of the only U.S. string maker.
been a leader in stringing for many many years," she said. "I've actually
used Ashaway at different times for a fair bit of my career, and I've always
been very impressed with their string. So I'm really happy that they've
decided to sign me."
Racket Strings are made by Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co., the only U.S.
manufacturer of string for squash, tennis, racquetball, and badminton.
by the Crandall family since 1824, Ashaway has been making racquet strings
since 1949, and is responsible for several important technical innovations.
Ashaway is the Official String of USA Racquetball, the Professional Squash
Association and the Women's International Squash Players Association.
Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co. also makes braided products for medical and
product information, contact:
Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co.
PO Box 549
Ashaway, RI 02804 USA
Tel: (800) 556-7260 (U.S. only) or +1 (401) 377-2221
Fax: +1 (401) 377-9091