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Hey Justin, Do you know if there have been any developments in the Asics racquet story? Are the Asics racquets that Tennis Magazine reviewed last year in its gear guide still going to be released? Or have they given up and shelved the project? I’d appreciate any news you might be aware of. Thanks.—Jim E.
As far as I know, Jim, Asics’ racquets are still slated to be released to the public before the end of the year. One source from Asics informed me that negotiations over international licensing, which delayed the racquets’ launch, are nearing their conclusion.
For those unfamiliar with the subject, back in the spring, Asics announced that they planned to release three game-improvement racquets—namely, the 109, 116, and 125. (The numbers correspond to each racquet’s head size.) The frames’ selling point, as we noted in the May 2012 issue of Tennis Magazine, was their snowshoe-like head shapes and atypically long main strings, which expand sweet spot for more power and forgiveness, according to the company. Along with the racquets, Asics also plans to three bags (a backpack, a six-racquet pack, and a nine-racquet pack), two grips (an overgrip and a replacement grip), and two strings (one a multifilament, another synthetic gut, both 46 feet instead of the standard 44, to account for the racquets’ longer mains).
So keep your fingers crossed, Jim. Here’s to hoping that Asics sticks will be lying under fir trees come Christmas.