A new squash brand, Mantis, is now available in South Africa from W.E.T. Sports. Although fairly young compared to some of the other international racket brands, Mantis racket sports is a well-established name in the UK, where it has sponsored several tournaments and international players.
Only the brand’s range of squash rackets and accessories will be distributed by W.E.T. Sports in South Africa, but the brand offers a full range of racket sports equipment in the UK.
“We are happy to add an upmarket racket brand to our stable and look forward to growing the Mantis Collection in South Africa,” says Andrew Wentzel of W.E.T. Sports. See more on the opposite page.
Since 2011, Mantis has been creating name-recognition in the UK through various sponsorships. In squash, they had been the official racket to the Allam British Open squash event, which is considered to be the Wimbledon tournament of the squash world, as naming sponsor and official racket supplier of the PSA Fantasy Squash League and in 2012 Mantis was the official racket supplier of the World Masters Squash Championship.
Mantis also had a sponsorship agreement with r [extra r]now-retired Emma Beddoes, a former professional squash player who represented England.
The brand was founded by a former tennis professional and global product manager for a major tennis brand, for whom he had developed tennis balls used in two Grand Slams. Mantis has been the official ball of the Statoil Masters Tennis, and signed former UK #1 Greg Rusedski as brand ambassador in 2012.