It began with surprises at the 2014 Australian Open. Stanislas Wawrinka rode his momentum from a strong 2013 season and captured his first ever Grand Slam title, supplanting all-time great Roger Federer as the #1 ranked Swiss player for a short while. Let’s also not forget Ana Ivanovic taking down the overwhelming favorite for the women’s title, Serena Williams, in the round of 16, beating her for the first time in their careers.
Fast forward to summer when Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios became the first player born in the 1990s to beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in the round of 16. One month later, Sabine Lisicki smashed a 131 mph serve, the fastest recorded serve in the history of the WTA tour.
What do these four players and some of the biggest stories in tennis from this year have in common? They’re all using Yonex tennis rackets!
The success on the pro tour along with some new and exciting rackets in 2014 have contributed to a resurgence for the Japanese racket company. Their players have made noise on the pro tour this year, and the playtests of their rackets have proved to be some of our own Tennis Warehouse playtester favorites. In fact, three of our own have switched to Yonex frames this year; Jason and Brittany would pick the Yonex EZONE Ai 100 as their current racket of choice, while Andy currently prefers the Yonex EZONE Ai 98.
Let’s take a look at a few of the rackets that are gaining popularity recently and finding their way into the hands of more and more tennis players…
Racket of choice for touring pros Nick Kyrgios, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko and Belinda Bencic along with three TW playtesters. Offered in a variety of weights and head sizes, these frames offer a crisp, lively, yet comfortable feel. They are easy to use and very forgiving for almost any level of player, but they still offer the precision and feel that more advanced players covet. Our favorites…the EZONE Ai 98 (WATCH THE REVIEW) and EZONE Ai 100 (WATCH THE REVIEW)!
The racket of choice for this year’s Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka offers a plush, traditional feel with tons of heft and plowthrough. Offered in two different weights (310g and 330g unstrung), they slam through the ball and are great matches for more experienced players with all-court games. Our favorite…the VCORE Tour G 310g (WATCH THE REVIEW) offers exceptional precision and feel in a more maneuverable package.
Racket of choice for pros Juan Monaco and Angelique Kerber, the newest line from Yonex features specially-shaped grommets that promote string movement and ball pocketing. The result? Loads of power and spin potential in a crisp, super-modern feeling frame. Think of them as Yonex’s answer to the Babolat AeroPro Drive. Our favorite…the VCORE Xi 100 provides a larger head size for even more power and spin potential.
Some of the players using Yonex rackets at the US Open