For starters, they are very comfortable right out of the box. Similar to their Rafael Nadal-inspired big brother shoe, the Lunar Ballistec, the soft, plush cushioning is very noticeable as soon as you slip them on. They feel light and fast, and they won’t slow you down when you’re chasing down that pesky drop shot.
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 racquets!
Here’s a quick shoulder exercise routine that you can do when you take the courts. All you’ll need is a resistance band and something to loop it through, like the net or a chain link fence. I like to do 3 sets of 15 reps of each exercise with each arm.