Nalbandian and Hewitt Runners-up
- 18 February 2013
Two YONEX players David Nalbandian (VCORE Tour 97) and Lleyton Hewitt (VCORE Tour 97) were finalists in their respective tournaments last week. David competed at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, and Lleyton entered the SAP Open in San Jose, the US.
In the Brazil Open singles, David faced No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinal match, and defeated the world No. 11 Spaniard by 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(3). David started using the VCORE Tour 97 as of this tournament, and his selection is yielding fruitful results.
With fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic, Lleyton scored a big victory at the SAP Open doubles quarterfinals against No. 1 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan—2013 Australian Open doubles champions—by 6-4 6-7(4) 10-7. Also in the semifinals, the Australian pair defeated Mikhail Elgin / Denis Istomin, who overcame No. 3 seeds Santiago Gonzalez / Scott Lipsky, by 6-7(7) 7-6(2) 10-5. Lleyton and his partner exhibited spirited tennis throughout the tournament, advancing to the final after winning 3 full sets.
At Lleyton’s SAP Open, the YONEX TOUR BALL has been used as the official tennis ball. It has been three years since the YONEX tennis ball was chosen for the second oldest men’s professional tennis tournament in the US. Check out the product page on our website and the YONEX USA Facebook page from the links below.
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*David's image is from Australian Open 2012.
*Lleyton's image is from Australian Open 2013.