Yonex-sponsored pro Stanislas Wawrinka shocked the tennis world when he won the 2014 Australian Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum
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.
Roger Federer after he captured his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 2007, defeating Rafael Nadal in five sets. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.
First, we can start with some of the statistics from Roger Federer‘s illustrious career…
- most Grand Slam titles (17)
- most Grand Slam final appearances (25) and consecutive appearances (10)
- most consecutive Grand Slam SF (23) and QF (36) appearances
- shares the record for most titles at three of the four Grand Slams: Wimbledon (7), US Open (5) and Australian Open (4)
- most weeks ranked as world #1 (302)
- only player to be ranked #1 for 200 consecutive weeks
- ranked as one of the top two players in the world for a record 346 consecutive weeks
- holds the longest ever winning streak on grass (65 matches)
- holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streaks on hard courts (56 matches, 36 matches)
- holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streak against top 10 opponents (26 matches, 17 matches)
- most consecutive finals won (24)
- most consecutive Grand Slam appearances (60)
**records are for male players in the Open era