Yonex is one of the only tennis rackets manufacturers that does not manufacture their top end tennis rackets in China, most of their tour range are still being produced in Japan. Traditionally a manufacturer of badminton rackets, tennis players using Yonex tennis rackets traditionally have been very successful on both the ATP and WTA tennis tours.
Following Yonex’s success in the badminton racket market, Yonex have applied a lot of technology from their badminton rackets, and incorporated it in their tennis racket range very successfully. Yonex were the first and only company to develop the isometric head shape, and adapted it for use in tennis. All of Yonex’s top tennis rackets still use the isometric head shape, which centres the sweet-spot into the middle of the tennis racket’s head. Another example of Yonex’s crossover from badminton to tennis, is their Muscle Power technology, which replaced the traditional grommet strip. This technology was used in former world number 1 Leyton Hewitt’s tennis racket, the Yonex MP Tour 1.
That doesn’t mean to say that Yonex’s tennis racket division just copy and adapt what the badminton division are doing, their tennis racket division is also very innovative; Yonex latest range of improver tennis rackets, the S-FIT range supports two different stringing patterns, one for control and one for more power. Their latest ranges of tennis rackets; the V-Core and E-Zone replace the older RDiS and RQiS ranges respectively.
It would be fair to suggest that Yonex have probably been more successful on the WTA (Ladies tennis tour) more than the ATP. Lots of top females have won top tournament titles using Yonex tennis rackets, inclusing Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanović, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova and Elena Dementieva.
In the men’s game Leyton Hewitt has been Yonex’s most successful player, ending the year as world number 1 twice, in 2001 and 2002 whilst using Yonex tennis rackets. David Nalbandian also plays with Yonex tennis rackets.