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!
Last Friday, the highly anticipated Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph launched around the world for pre-sale! There has been chatter around this racquet for months, and finally, it is here (or at least available for pre-order)! With specs that point to a strung weight of almost 13 ounces (with an overgrip and dampener) and a hefty swingweight, some players out there might be wondering if they have what it takes to swing this stick. But I’m here to tell you, it really does make you betterer!
Let’s put it this way, I’m slowly starting to learn that a higher swingweight may be just what I need to help control some of my raw power and put balls away even deeper and heavier on our slow TW court. With that being said, this racquet hasn’t really been targeted to the female player, but that doesn’t mean she won’t enjoy it. Since our TW gents took this one out for the formal playtest, I’m here to give perspective from the ladies’ side of things!
It’s finally here…The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph! (Click to enlarge)
Anyone watching tennis this year has been wondering what the heck is going on with Roger Federer’s new racquet. What’s under that blacked out frame he’s been playing with on tour? What are the specs? What’s it going to look like? Well, after years in the making, the highly anticipated Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph has finally been revealed!
The most notable evolution in Roger’s new racquet of choice is the switch from a 90 to 97 square inch head size, providing a larger sweetspot for more power and forgiveness. This allows him to swing big at the ball with less chance of mishitting off the frame.