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2019 Yonex New Contract Athlete Preview

Date
22 January 2019

TOKYO, Japan - A new era of younger generation Yonex athletes have joined the #TeamYonex family over the off-season including 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Women’s Singles Gold Medalist, Monica Puig (PUR).

“I’m so very excited to be a part of the Yonex family.” Puig remarked. “I have been with Yonex for almost a year now using the racquets but now I’m very blessed to be able to be using Yonex clothing, both apparel and shoes.”

21-year-old Next-Gen star, Hubert Hurkacz (POL) and Dayana Yastremska (UKR), who reached the round of 32 at the 2019 Australian Open will join Puig in becoming a head-to-toe Yonex athlete from January 2019.  Each will use all Yonex products from racquets, strings, shoes, apparel, and to accessories. 2018 French Open Women’s Doubles Finalist Eri Hozumi (JPN), announced earlier this month, will use Yonex racquets, strings and bags.

With this influx of young talents, 21-year-old Naomi Osaka (JPN), 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov (CAN), and 21-year-old Frances Tiafoe (USA) are all aiming for the top (rankings?) in 2019. As Yonex athletes grow in potential and success, Yonex will continue to support them through innovative technology and the highest quality products.

PROFILE:

Eri Hozumi 

WTA Ranking: Singles: 31, Doubles: 321
Age: 24 years old (2/17/1994) 
Country: Japan

[History]
2019 Sydney International Finalist
2018 Japan Open  Champion
2018 French Open Finalist

[Equipment]
Racquet:VCORE 100
String:POLYTOUR STRIKE 125(Iron Gray)
Bag:PRO BAG
Accessories

[Contract]
Multi-year

[Comment] 
“I started using the Yonex VCORE 100 by recommendation of my coach. I liked it very much after only hitting 2-3 balls. The high trajectory shots were easy to hit, and I could get a lot of spin with the racquet.”

Hubert Hurkacz

ATP Ranking: Singles: 76, Doubles: 644
Age:21 years old (2/11/1997)
Country:Poland

[History]
2018 Next Gen ATP Finals  Appearance
2018 Brest Challenger  Champion
2018 Poznan Open Challenger   Champion

[Equipment]
Racquet:VCORE PRO 97
String:POLYTOUR STRIKE 125
Shoes:POWER CUSHION ECLIPSION 2
Apparel:Tournament Apparel
Bag:PRO BAG
Accessories

[Contract]
Multi-year

[Comment] 
“The important goal for me is to improve my game. That’s the biggest thing for me because if I develop my game, then anything can happen. I’m very happy to be a part of the Yonex team now and it’s going to be a good year.”

Dayana Yastremska

WTA Ranking: Singles: 57, Doubles 240
Age:18 years old (5/15/2000)
Country:Ukraine

[History]
2019 Australian Open  3rd Round
2018 Hong Kong Open  Champion
2016 Wimbledon Junior  Finalist

[Equipment]
Racquet:VCORE PRO 100
String:POLY TOUR FIRE 125
Shoes:POWER CUSHION FUSIONREV 3
Apparel:Tournament Apparel
Bag:PRO BAG
Accessories

[Contract]
Multi-year

[Comment]
“First of all, I want to improve myself and get into the top 20. I also want to show the best results in a Grand Slam”

Monica Puig

WTA Ranking: Singles: 54, Doubles: 276
Age:25 years old (9/27/1993)
Country:Puerto Rico

[History]
2017 BGL Luxembourg Open  Finalist
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics  Gold 
2016 Sydney International  Finalist

[Equipment]
Racquet:VCORE 98
String:POLYTOUR PRO 125
Shoes:POWER CUSHION FUSIONREV 3
Apparel:Tournament Apparel
Bag:PRO BAG
Accessories

[Contract]
Multi-year

[Comment] 
“I’m so very excited to be a part of the Yonex family. I have been with Yonex for almost a year now using the racquets but now I’m very blessed to be able to be using Yonex clothing, both apparel and shoes.”