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TOKYO, Japan — Yonex Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the launch of the 2nd-generation ASTREL racquet on June 18, 2020. Geared towards recreational and doubles players, the premium ASTREL series isengineered to promote longevity in tennis with a focus on comfort and easy power.
Former top-5 WTA player Kimiko Date (JPN) worked with Yonex to help develop the new ASTREL “for those who want to pick up the sport of tennis or current players who want to enjoy tennis for their entire life.”
“The racquet has a soft and comfortable response with easy power,” said Date, who chose the Dark Navy color for the ASTREL 105, her current racquet of choice.
In addition to the ASTREL 105 and ASTREL 115 head sizes, the new ASTREL 100 has been added to the new line-up.
Already boasting a 7% larger sweet spot from the ISOMETRICTM square-shaped frame1, the ASTREL also has an added 2.9% larger sweet spot from its new throat and grommet designs.
To further elongate the strings, a new throat trench is incorporated at the bottom of the frame, while Liner Tech at the top promotes more string movement. Quad Force Gear is added at the outer corners to increase the cross-section height for increased frame stability and power.
The Tri-Shut System combines VDM (Vibration Dampening Mesh) in the grip, Shockless Grommets in the yoke above the throat, and VIBSLAYER CARBON at the top of the frame for more shock absorption while maintaining power. The three comfort-focused technologies combine to reduce harsh vibrations resulting in less strain on the arm.
This lightweight series uses React Resin – a high strength, high durability resin combined with carbon graphite – to keep the racquet light and flexible. In addition to improving frame stability and power, Quad Force Gear is also integrated within the frame structure to improve maneuverability.
1 ISOMETRICTM is a trademark of Yonex Co., Ltd.
2 Compared to the current ASTREL; tested by Yonex
Lightweight and flexible
By incorporating a unique material, React Resin, into the graphite, the racquet becomes lighter and more flexible for a comfortable feel.
Less strain on the arm
A three-part technology system that reduces harsh vibrations:
1. Shockless Grommets – absorb harsh vibrations from the string bed and withstand re-strings
2. VIBSLAYER CARBON – increases shock absorption at the top of the frame while maintaining power
3. VDM (Vibration Dampening Mesh) – filters unwanted vibrations within the grip
QUAD FORCE GEAR
For a larger sweet spot and improved maneuverability
The four corner grommets are integrated within the frame structure to improve maneuverability and increase the cross-section height for increased frame stability and power.
For improved power and comfort
Straight hole grommets elongate the strings to optimize power and comfort on off-center shots.
Enhanced sweet spot
A square-shaped ISOMETRICTM racquet generates a 7% larger sweet spot for greater control without sacrificing power.