Australian Open strings up with Yonex

The Australian Open tennis tournament has named Japanese sports equipment manufacturer Yonex as a new commercial partner.

From the 2016 edition of the grand slam onwards, the Yonex team will provide stringing services for competitors’ racquets during the championships in Melbourne.

Over 4,000 racquets are expected to be strung over the course of the event, which, including qualifying, lasts three weeks.

Cutting-edge stringing machines will be used to ensure players receive the best possible service.

Richard Heaselgrave, Tennis Australia commercial director, said: “We partnered with Yonex because they have a high level of attention to detail and always strive for continuous improvement.”

Yonex delivered a similar service at the Beijing and London Olympic Games. The Australian Open is the first major tennis tournament of the calendar year and will take place next year from January 18-31.