As a professional tennis player, I am extremely particular about my racquets. No surprise there. What might make you raise your eyebrows, however, is the fact that I’m a diehard Babolat user who’s out here writing a review for the first racquet to question my current choice of frame in more than 13 years. Yes, you read that correctly. After 13 long years of playing with the same brand (to be even more specific, five years with the same Pure Aero Plus) and sampling 20+ demos between all of the racquet companies, I’ve come across a weapon that can compete with my affection for my Babolat—the Yonex Ezone 100+.
The first thing I noticed when going from the Pure Aero Plus to the EZONE 100+ was the level of control I was able to achieve without sacrificing power. I, personally, felt like generating heavy spin on my ground strokes came slightly less natural in comparison to my current model, but there is no doubt in my mind that I was making fewer mistakes over-hitting from the baseline with the Yonex. It’s a trade-off I could be willing to make, especially since the EZONE still provides great “pop” on contact.
One particular area I found the EZONE stood out was at the net. The precision and accuracy with which I was able to place volleys—particularly when receiving balls full of pace while moving forward—was unparalleled. As a player that typically does not feel comfortable closing down space, I can hardly describe how much more willing I was to come in thanks to the crisp and stable feel. It felt great not to struggle to control my out of the air shots.
Another field the EZONE excelled in was serve and return. On one end, I loved the versatility of the frame meaning it felt great whether I was hitting flat, slice, or kick serves. I felt like I could generate all the power or spin needed. On the other end, I loved the control while returning. Handling big serves was made a slight bit easier as the fear of doing too much was not an issue. I felt like I could swing out comfortably while avoiding the risk of an unnecessarily long miss.
Overall, this is the only racquet I have found that offers the amount of power I look for, and combines it with impressive control. Misses that would typically sail 3-feet long with most power frames seemed to drop inside the baseline. Take it from me, a lifelong Babolat supporter, when I say that the Yonex Ezone 100+ is a great frame. If you pick one up, I don’t think you’ll be looking back any time soon.
Kennedy Shaffer is a 23 year-old professional tennis player from Ohio. She was a 2x All-American at the University of Georgia and NCAA singles and doubles quarterfinalist. Currently, Kennedy is ranked around 600 in the world and playing on the ITF Tour.