Japanese sporting manufacturer Yonex has extended their agreement as official Australian Open stringer in a new multi-year deal.
The partnership extension was announced at special Australian Open launch function in Tokyo overnight.
"Yonex is a great tennis brand, much-loved around the world, and a perfect fit for the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said.
"At the Australian Open our whole team works incredibly hard to provide exceptional service to the players and Yonex plays a key role in how we deliver.
“We are thrilled to be back in Melbourne again next January. We look forward to taking advantage of our previous three years of experience as the Official Stringer to provide the highest calibre of stringing services to tennis players and fans worldwide,” Yonex Executive Officer of Global Marketing Wataru Hirokawa said.
“Yonex will offer five free restrings to every player per round to allow players to worry less about their gear and focus on performing their best. We are proud to play a vital role in keeping the Australian Open, known as the Happy Slam by players and fans.”
The Yonex team will offer racquet stringing services in the qualifying, main draw singles, doubles, mixed doubles, wheelchair and junior events
More than 5000 racquets are expected to be strung over the event, with the excellent precision that the Yonex team are renown for.
Yonex will have a team of world-class stringers at the Australian Open to maintain the high standard that the players expect.
Fans will be able to watch Yonex’s international stringing team in action at their base on the edge of Garden Square, and there will activations for fans during the tournament.