Yonex must sign another top player

kimguroo

Legend
Prince can not afford pro endorsements anymore so there is better market for endorsing pros.
Yonex did decent jobs to sign good young players which might benefit them from now on.
 
Funny that Yonex had (or still has) a reputation as a "chick stick"...lol. I have a bunch of them ranging from 30 year old R-7's to RDS ones - all of them are great frames.
If anything, I think that the Babolat Pure Drive has now become the current chick stick..LOL...just by the # of WTA pro's using them. Doesn't bother me, I currently use a couple of PD's and make no apologies for the easy power they provide :D
 
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Gemini

Hall of Fame
Funny that Yonex had (or still has) a reputation as a "chick stick"...lol. I have a bunch of them ranging from 30 year old R-7's to RDS ones - all of them are great frames.
If anything, I think that the Babolat Pure Drive has now become the current chick stick..LOL...just by the # of WTA pro's using them. Doesn't bother me, I currently use a couple of PD's and make no apologies for the easy power they provide :D
I'd say the "chick stick" label is actually starting to fade pretty quickly. Wawrinka, Kyrgios, Johnson, Herbert, Shapovalov, Tiafoe, Berankis, Albot, Chung, Nishioka. They're washing away the chick stick label.
 
Funny that Yonex had (or still has) a reputation as a "chick stick"...lol. I have a bunch of them ranging from 30 year old R-7's to RDS ones - all of them are great frames.
If anything, I think that the Babolat Pure Drive has now become the current chick stick..LOL...just by the # of WTA pro's using them. Doesn't bother me, I currently use a couple of PD's and make no apologies for the easy power they provide :D
I agree on this...here in Japan there are chicks everywhere with Babolat Pure Drives and Pure Drive Lite frames. I am not a personal fan of Babolat frames, I never have been. Just good marketing I guess. Most people I know who use a Pure Drive, it isn't the frame they should be using!
Yonex have done very well signing young players, they will have a good market segment in the future I'd say. Just wish they would bring back the Tour 89 or a 90 inch frame. I am happy with my Angell's now though!
 

lacoster

Professional
I'd say the "chick stick" label is actually starting to fade pretty quickly. Wawrinka, Kyrgios, Johnson, Herbert, Shapovalov, Tiafoe, Berankis, Albot, Chung, Nishioka. They're washing away the chick stick label.
To add to your list, They also have Marton Fucsovics (HUN), Casper Ruud (NOR), and Alexander Bublik (KAZ), all hovering around the top 100. Also, 2017 junior world #1's Axel Geller (GER) and Whitney Osuigue (USA) play with Yonex, so the future is looking bright.
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
To add to your list, They also have Marton Fucsovics (HUN), Casper Ruud (NOR), and Alexander Bublik (KAZ), all hovering around the top 100. Also, 2017 junior world #1's Axel Geller (GER) and Whitney Osuigue (USA) play with Yonex, so the future is looking bright.
Totally agree with regard to Fucsovics and Ruud . I just didn't mention them due to visibility on the ATP tour. You could also put Michael Mmoh in that camp. I can see Ruud getting there for sure as regular fixture. Osuigwe being female only bolsters the chick stick label but you are correct that Yonex is definitely trying to gain some serious momentum. I forgot about Victor Troicki's move to Yonex as well.
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
That they are:
Stan, Kyrgios, Johnson, Troicki, Chung, Shapo, Mmoh, Herbert, Berankis, Nishioka, Soeda, Tiafoe, Paes...
not bad, but other than Stan, no major champions as of yet...
Herbert is a major champion.

Paes is also a major champion but I don't believe he's won a major since switching to Yonex.
 
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Kalin

Legend
That they are:
Stan, Kyrgios, Johnson, Troicki, Chung, Shapo, Mmoh, Herbert, Berankis, Nishioka, Soeda, Tiafoe, Paes...
not bad, but other than Stan, no major champions as of yet...
Not a bad group :) Hopefully majors will become a bit more available in the next few years; they've been pretty hard to come by unless you were a part of that cabal.

Who of the above look like potential major winners, though? Kyrgios, Shapo... who else? Chung??
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
Not a bad group :) Hopefully majors will become a bit more available in the next few years; they've been pretty hard to come by unless you were a part of that cabal.

Who of the above look like potential major winners, though? Kyrgios, Shapo... who else? Chung??
Kyrgios--definitely. Shapo--possibly. Chung--still needs more time to be considered a legit contender.
 

achapa8807

Semi-Pro
Kyrgios--definitely. Shapo--possibly. Chung--still needs more time to be considered a legit contender.
I’d say all three still need time. Shapo is solid no doubt. Kyrgios is very good but needs to be able to put together a great showing through the entire major. Chung is also very dangerous. Watching him at the AO was a nice preview for the Tennis world that this guy is legit.

It will be interesting to see what the stable can do for Yonex this year. Yonex has some good players that are still developing but that can knock off some big names in big time matches. Being a player who uses Yonex, I love seeing Yonex pros get solid wins.
 

achapa8807

Semi-Pro
Kyrgios--definitely. Shapo--possibly. Chung--still needs more time to be considered a legit contender.
I’d say all three still need time. Shapo is solid no doubt. Kyrgios is very good but needs to be able to put together a great showing through the entire major. Chung is also very dangerous. Watching him at the AO was a nice preview for the Tennis world that this guy is legit.

It will be interesting to see what the stable can do for Yonex this year. Yonex has some good players that are still developing but that can knock off some big names in big time matches. Being a player who uses Yonex, I love seeing Yonex pros get solid wins.
 

Matthew Lee

Professional
Herbert is a major champion.

Paes is also a major champion but I don't believe he's won a major since switching to Yonex.
Didn't Paes go back to Head? I've seen recent videos of him with the latest Speed paintjob and blue af strings
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
Didn't Paes go back to Head? I've seen recent videos of him with the latest Speed paintjob and blue af strings
You're right. I hadn't seen him in some time but I googled him and found recent pictures of him using a Speed as recently as the New York Open. He's still wearing Yonex clothing and the Yonex website states that he's uses the Vcore SV 100 so who knows what's up with him.
 

snahzje

New User
Looks like he was using Hyper G this weekend, or was it PTP? Hard to tell on camera if it was more green than yellow.
 
Not a bad group :) Hopefully majors will become a bit more available in the next few years; they've been pretty hard to come by unless you were a part of that cabal.

Who of the above look like potential major winners, though? Kyrgios, Shapo... who else? Chung??
The first few tournaments this year, the young guys are making strides and starting to win matches. That is without the big 4 around and Stan still struggling to get back to fitness though! The next few tournaments will be interesting
 
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