New Year : New Gear January 2017
The new year means two things. First, the AO is almost here, and that means new gear is rolling out. And secondly, equipment contracts will end and pros will be signing with new companies. (Or re-signing with the old one.)
*Agnieszka Radwanska has changed from Babolat racquets to Japanese brand Srixon. It is unusual for such a highly-ranked player to switch racquet brands.
Clothing and shoes contracts come and go but pros are loyal to their racquets. Example: Serena, Venus, Nadal and Federer.
* Kei Nishikori is now wearing Nike shoes instead of his usual adidas. No change with Wilson or Uniqlo. No word on if this is a contract. It is unlikely.
And let’s look at some of the new gear we’ve found.
Nike Air Zoom Ultra React
This is one sleek looking shoe. Lightweight and fast-feeling, the shoe is built with Nike’s Flywire cable technology to help you get a locked-in, personalized fit every time you lace up. The lightweight Kurim upper molds to your foot over time while three Zoom Air cushioning units in the heel and forefoot offer plush cushioning under foot, keeping you comfortable even during the longest matches or training sessions.
Built for the elite player, this is a great option if you’re looking for a shoe that’s fast-feeling and supportive. Also comes in Volt/Black, Orange/ Black/Volt, and Black/White. Availability: TW/USA — TW/Europe
KSwiss Knitshot Red/Black
K-Swiss introduces the Knitshot as their new men’s premium performance tennis shoe for the serious player. The new K-NIT upper is made of a high abrasion thread that provides exceptional durability and stability to go along with its ultra soft, sock-like feel. GlideGuide technology through the midsole enhances cushioning under foot while preventing excessive lateral foot movement, and the durable rubber outsole is built to last on any court surface.
Here’s their promo video on the shoe:
Wilson’s Burn line using CV tech
Wilson is officially rolling out its new 2017 Burn high performance racket line featuring Countervail technology. (Finally! We covered it here back in August.) CV is a one-of-a-kind, layered composite material that reduces the amount of vibration transferred to a tennis player while playing. (Availability: TW/USA — TW/Europe.)
Kei Nishikori is using his new 2017 Burn 95 racket with CV in Australia. “When I play-tested my new Burn racket with Countervail, I could feel that my arm reacted better to it,” he said. “I feel I recover faster after practice and my arm and shoulder don’t feel as tired while I am training. Best of all, it didn’t change the feel of racket, which is really important to me. I am excited to use it on tour.” Simona Halep also plays with the Burn line on tour.
Wilson Advisory Staff Members and ATP ranked #3 Milos Raonic, ATP ranked #5 Kei Nishikori and WTA ranked #2 Serena Williams, among others, will play with Wilson rackets with CV technology during the 2017 season.
(Is it me, or are there just too many frames to choose from? You’ve got your Burns, your Blades, all with a zillion different configurations. Burn 100, Burn 100S, Burn 100 ULS, Burn 100 LS, the Burn 100 Team, etc. And a lot of Blades, too. This has to be confusing for the consumer.)