NikeCourt Wimbledon 2016: Federer and Kyrgios
[Updated 06.25.16: See the new NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit below]
Here’s what NikeCourt is presenting this year for its men on the hallowed grass. Witness their pristine all-white match/training/casual looks for London below. Here’s what’s in store for Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios – two star tennis players with extremely different vibes.
Roger Federer – On and off court
The NikeCourt Advantage RF Polo for match play features a traditional tennis collar, while its underarm gussets are engineered to enable optimal range of motion. Laser-perforated ventilation helps keep Roger Federer cool.
Then again…..The Fed is always cool. Is my totally pro-Federer bias showing yet?
(FYI: A recent article on The Guardian reveals new personalized Federer line; “NikeLab Presents NikeCourt x Roger Federer: ‘Unlimited Class’ collection.” The following two photos are from that line.
When we get more info on the NikeLab stuff we’ll update the post. (Right here!) June 23 is the availability date on that collection BTW but get right on it if you like it because NikeLab goes fast.
The name is Federer. Roger Federer. [I am a die hard Bond fan.]
Nick Kyrgios on and off court
Here’s Nike’s 2016 version of John McEnroe, their current Bad Boy, Nick Kyrgios. Hopefully he can keep his temper in check to make it through the first few rounds at All England.
While training, he’s wearing the NikeCourt Logo Tee, NikeCourt Gladiator 9” Short, and the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour. Of course, no bright yellow sleeve for Wimbledon.
Highlighted by its blade collar, the NikeCourt Advantage Premier Polo provides a blend of comfort and modern style. Dri-FIT fabric helps keep Kyrgios dry and cool, while underarm gussets are designed to deliver zero-distraction performance.
And of course, Nike makes the compression sleeve too. Here’s why players are wearing them.
Offering lightweight coverage, the NikeCourt Bomber Jacket for off court wear can pack into its left pocket for easy transport.
We can’t forget shoes, either; this is the NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultrafly Grass, designed for grass court play, natch. (Unisex shoe, men’s sizing.)
UPDATED 6.25.16: Nike has also released a new shoe for The Fed: behold the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit.
Rather than program an entirely new Flyknit structure, NikeCourt designers borrowed construction from the Nike Flyknit Air Max. The performance running shoe features a strong, dense knit, which helps deliver the support necessary for tennis’ lateral movements.
While the tighter Flyknit weave in the midfoot provides support, open construction in the toe delivers added breathability. Also, with this Flyknit structure, NikeCourt designers could deliver stability while eliminating the Zoom Vapor 9.5’s signature Dynamic Fit system. Simplifying the construction of the shoe helps further reduce its weight.
Aside from the new upper, the shoe maintains much of the technology that has made it a favorite with tour players. The Phylon midsole features a Nike Zoom Air unit in the heel to deliver low profile, responsive cushioning. A TPU frame wraps the midfoot for additional stability, while the herringbone traction pattern helps shore up grip on hard-court surfaces (Federer’s shoe for SW19 will feature an outsole designed for grass-court play).