"Tennis is a game of give and take. You can run around your backhand to hit a forehand, but in doing so, you'll open up the court for your opponent's reply. Tennis gear also requires players to strike a balance in order to find the best fit for their games."
The 2017 Shoe Guide breaks down the latest footwear options tested by both tennis-playing males and females. Showcased below are the "bests" of this year's guide.
Best Technology: adidas adizero Ubersonic 2.0
Enhanced with incredibly lightweight materials to make speed a priority on the court, this shoe is even more responsive and has a uni-tongue wrap for structured comfort and fit. The delightful patterned textile upper material makes for a very stylish look.
ADITUFF™ around the toe and forefoot reduces abrasion while you serve up aces. Full-length ADIPRENE®+ absorbs shock and extra support in the midfoot add stability as you sprint out wide. Webbing in the midfoot increases stability during fast cutting movements; 3D TORSION® provides adaptive midfoot support; SPRINTFRAME construction offers the perfect balance between light weight and stability, and the ADIWEAR™ 6 outsole offers the ultimate in high-wear durability.
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Best Lightweight Shoe: Babolat Jet
Take your speed to even new heights in the Jet All Court from Babolat. This shoe has been designed for the quickest players and keeps you supported and balanced when accelerating and changing directions. The light yet supportive upper is made of Matryx, a fabric which weaves Kevlar and Polymide threads to keep you locked in and comfortable at all times. The Active Fexxion technology provides speed and agility to optimize your footwork and the durable Michelin rubber outsole features an S-shaped pattern with ideal levels of traction. This lightweight, speed- oriented shoe is just what you need to take your footwork to the next level.
Best New Line: ASICS Gel-Court FF
Note: This is a unisex shoe. The listed sizes are men's sizes, women ordering this shoe will want to order 1.5 sizes smaller for the equivalent Women's size.
The Gel Court FF is the ultimate lightweight performance shoe for the serious tennis competitor. Asics' ultralight FlyteFoam midsole provides plush cushioning underfoot while keeping you completely connected to your movement. GEL cushioning has also been inserted into the midsole to give you Asics' signature comfort and feel. Furthermore, the Mono-Sock (tongue-less) design and seamless mesh upper has an extremely soft and intuitive fit, wrapping the foot with great ventilation, support, and stability. This extremely comfortable and fast-feeling shoe still has all the support and stability that even the most elite movers need to feel confident on the court.
Best Stability: Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion
Not many stability shoes feature an internal bootie, but Yonex's update to the Power Cushion Eclipsion does- along with a superb level of underfoot cushioning. It makes for an unparalleled combination. The redesigned fit now allows for more extension in the forefoot, while keeping the midfoot and heel better protected. The shoe starts firm, but flexes adequately over time and "plays lighter than its static weight" due to the overall comfort, according to one tester.