TOKYO — Yonex Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the OSAKA EZONE racquet and Pro Series Bag, launching August 25, 2022.
Naomi Osaka and her sister, Mari, collaborated with Yonex’s Research & Development team to create a one-of-a-kind cosmetic for the racquet and bag.
“My sister and I have always talked about designing a racquet and to see it come to life is really special – the design is so detailed and unique,” said Naomi.
First, the sisters considered their childhood, where their mother visualized the duo as dragons. After all, dragons represent great power, good luck, and strength.
Mari began sketching the dragon and found that a spiritual spider lily would complete the design. The spider lily also represents strength and beauty because “the power of a woman is that she can combine the two,” said Mari. Then came the color selection: gold and purple, a luxurious blend for power and ambition.
“The dragons represent an unwavering, fighting spirit,” said Mari. “I hope the racquet gives Naomi strength and confidence every time she steps on the court even when I’m not with her.”
Naomi will debut the OSAKA EZONE racquet and bag at the Silicon Valley Classic, a WTA 500 event in San Jose, California. Naomi’s summer schedule also includes stops in Toronto and Cincinnati before making her way to New York where she is a two-time US Open champion.
“I’m so excited to finally be able to use the OSAKA EZONE and bag in competition,” said Naomi, who will pair the OSAKA EZONE 98 with POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 string in iron gray to match her racquet.
The OSAKA EZONE is an added colorway to the 7th-generation EZONE series, which is crafted for power and comfort. The OSAKA EZONE series will feature a 98, 100, 100L, and 100SL option.
The OSAKA Pro Series Racquet bag will be available in 9 pcs. and 6 pcs.
“It was an incredible experience to make my and Naomi’s vision come to life with the team at Yonex,” Mari added. “I really enjoyed the process and hope that anyone who uses our racquet will find their inner strength to play at their very best.”