Yonex’s iconic square-shaped ISOMETRIC™ racquet was first introduced in 1980 with the launch of the R-1, R-2, and R-3. The same year, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova began competing with Yonex. The company was renamed to Yonex Co., Ltd. Utilizing Yonex’s graphite technology, the company entered the golf business.
The first tennis racquets to feature carbon fused with glass fibre - the innovative CARBONEX 7 and CARBONEX 8 - go on sale. 1978 Osaka Sales Office (Current: YONEX Osaka) is built in Osaka prefecture, Osaka City, Tennoji Ward.
At 16 years and 3 months YONEX tennis player Martina Hingis becomes the youngest tennis player to win the Australian Open in both singles and doubles. Martina Hingis, aged 16 years old and 6 months, becomes the youngest player in history to reach world No. 1.
In 1969, YONEX embarks on tennis racquets made with aluminum, and then in 1982, YONEX starts to produce golf clubs made with raw carbon materials. Today, YONEX's business also encompasses the snowboard and walking shoe industries. It has not been an easy ride during the company's 60 year history.
Earlier someone mentioned a Yonex wood racket. Around 1980 Yonex did have a wood racket on the market. Peter Fleming, John McEnroe's old doubles partner, used to use one in the early 80's. I don't know what the model name was.
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The company was founded in 1946 by Minoru Yoneyama as a producer of wooden floats for fishing nets. The company was later forced out of this market because of the invention of plastic floats. This led to a commitment by Yoneyama to never again be left behind by technological advancements. In 1957, Yoneyama began to make badminton racquets for other brands.
YONEX Founder Minoru Yoneyama begins manufacturing and selling wooden products in Niigata Prefecture, Nagaoka City. View Details. Hide Details. Minoru's father passed away in the war and left Minoru a single woodworking motor which he had received from his mother.