A while back I posted a thread under the heading "Tennis Sponsorship"(05-23-2006) with a request for new ideas about sponsoring juniors.
I wanted to see how many players would respond to me and what ideas they would come up with to get sponsored by my FICTITIOUS fruit juice company. (I made it clear in my original letter that I do NOT have such a company and that I'm purely looking for responses and new ideas)
Thank you very much to all of you that e-mailed me!
Sofar I received 6 e-mails from young inspired players. Everyone I got e-mails from were top ranked players and most of them was juniors between ages 10 and 16.
These are players from all over the world and all are asking for financial help.
I greatly enjoyed reading about their accomplishments.
The problem is that all of them said EXACTLY the same things about how they would advertise my business IF I HAD a fruit juice company for example.
Everyone said they would put my name and logo on their bags, clothes, grips, waterbottles even shoes. Few said they would be willing to appear in advertisements for my company. Two players said they have their own website already and my fictitious company can advertise on that for free also.
These are all ideas that are already being used and is nothing new.
So from this experiment of mine no one really came forward with more original ideas....
If there are any big companies out there that are interested in sponsoring juniors they can get into contact with me so I can give them details of juniors (or their parents) that did go out of their way to reply to me through this forum.