Japanese tennis rackets?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by andreroddick155, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. andreroddick155

    andreroddick155 New User

    Jun 23, 2005
    Ive been searching many tennis rackets, and saw many different ones on a japanese tennis site. for instace there is this racket call x ariso : http://w w w.rak u te n.co.jp/eddy/412927/177011/313852/ ( take spaces out)
    this racket was never on the head website.
  2. kerplunker

    kerplunker Semi-Pro

    Dec 19, 2004
    haha, and they have a liquidmetal discovery
  3. princeoftennis

    princeoftennis New User

    Jul 27, 2005
    i like the paint
  4. harahetta

    harahetta Guest

    Both the ariso and discovery ARE on the Japanese Head Website. http://www.head-jp.com/tennis/tennis_top.html
    Both rackets are light and cater to those just starting out in tennis.
    You do know that racket companies introduce rackets at different times in different countries, sometimes under different names, right??
    As an intro, I am Japanese living in Japan and have been visiting this site for about a week as I research rackets for my son. Many head rackets out in the Usa are not available in Japan, and viseversa.
  5. dancraig

    dancraig Hall of Fame

    May 24, 2005
    Hello harahetta : WELCOME ABOARD.
  6. harahetta

    harahetta Guest

    Thank you Dancraig. The reason this post interested me is because my son really wants a Head Flexpoint 4, which is officially not out in Japan yet, though a few places offer it for ridiculous low prices. I know sometimes they import from
    the Us or Europe, but it makes me nervous because we can not demo it. Maybe it is fake, I cannot tell. Interestingly, in a recent article in Japan tennis Magazine, the most favorite Tennis racket among students at a top rated in tennis High school is Mizuno rackets. Do you even have Mizuno in other countries?
  7. dancraig

    dancraig Hall of Fame

    May 24, 2005
    I've seen the Mizuno name, but I'm not sure if I've seen it in tennis. I think they have popular running shoes here.
  8. bookem

    bookem Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    Wherever I go, there I am...
    The Mizuno racquets are available in the US but in more esoteric or specialty tennis shops.

    For that matter, even Yonex racquets are hard to find in most brick-and-mortar retail shops.

    Irashaimase harahetta-san!
  9. harahetta

    harahetta Guest

    I feel so welcome...
    Mizuno rackets are not bad, but beware of their tennis shoes. My feet are still recovering from a pair I bought 3 monthes ago and gave up on in one month. I am back to Yonex now. I can not imagine a pro shop without racks and racks of Yonex goods. Some local shops focus on Babolat or Wilson, etc..., but even then it seems as if they have more Yonex than anything else.
  10. gash-b

    gash-b New User

    Oct 9, 2004
    Hi hara hetta~. I like the name your login name!

    By the way, I am here in Japan too. Like you mentioned, Yonex is really the one most common brand of rackets here used by a range of people from children to more serious players. I like the feel of the rackets but I will never purchase one...

    It seems that most of the high school and university students around Tokyo that I see on the trains carry either Babolat or Yonex rackets these days. Wilson seems to be doing well with the recent n-code stuff. On the way back from Osaka the other day, I went to the Mizuno store near Yodayabashi and took a look at the tennis equipment. They have a nice lineup of rackets, and everybody likes Matsuoka who promotes them, but just like Yonex rackets, the prices on even domestic brands are quite high. When Lendl stopped playing, Mizuno seemed to focus only on the local market.

    It's also interesting that Dunlop introduces a lot of racket lineups and clothing/shoes just for Japan, which is similar to Dunlop's golf equipment. However, I don't think that a lot of the Japanese models would sell well overseas due to high pricing and a lack of differentiation between other rackets.
  11. milo

    milo Semi-Pro

    Aug 12, 2005
    my friend has an old mizuno racket. it is even not available anymore in here. yonex racquets is starting to fade out also.

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