January 18, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 5
It only happens a few times each year, so you know when Sneaker News turns our attention to cutting edge tennis shoes, we’re getting close to a Grand Slam event. The Australian Open is the first of the four major tournaments each year, and Nike’s sending two of the top three men, two of the top five ladies and two up and comers in fresh new gear. Arguable GOAT and four-time Aussie winner Roger Federer gets a Swiss-style kit along with neon accents on his Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9, while arch nemesis Rafael Nadal opts for green on his shirt but more of a focus on bright blue with the latest Air Max Courtballistec 4.3. Young Croation Bernard Tomic proved with his upset of the 22 seed in Round 1 that he’s deserving of recognition if not yet a signature sneaker, as is the case for ladies 5-seed Na Li. Nike keeps the WMNS side on equal footing thanks to a new Air Max Mirabella 3 for Serena Williams along with Maria Sharapova’s Lunar Speed 3 lowtops. Click through to check out the entire collection and let us know who your money’s on down under.
The zoom vapor tour 9 is the best Federer shoe to come out in years. This is designed by Tinker and it produces in a big way in those ever-important three areas: Style/Comfort/Performance. I picked up the other colorway, not shown here which is a volt/cool grey/black mix. Basically the same shoe, sans that hideous pinkish-red midsole mudguard. These are sick, and I can't wait for more colorways, or a possible NikeID.
Young Croatian Bernard Tomic ... maybe by heritage, but Tomic's an Aussie. I reckon his shoes have got a little Lunarelite 2 about them.