I have written plenty about pro player racquets, which often are painted to look like the latest racquet you would find in the store, but I have not really touched upon pro player shoes. The same thing applies to pro player tennis shoes, but not quite to the same extent as pro stock racquets.
Pro player tennis shoes also have paint jobs, meaning they are meant to look like another shoe or version of the shoe. It would not make sense for tennis players to be updating their shoes every year or so, so this is understandable. Yet, the manufacturers want to sell new models and that is why pro stock shoes exist.
Pro player tennis shoes – Custom made or older versions
If we should talk about a few players, Roger Federer is playing custom shoes from the Vapor mold. He advertises and endorses the Nike Vapor Tour X at the moment, but we will see if this changes now that Nike has not extended his contract for apparel and he is wearing Uniqlo (that does not make or sell shoes).
Grigor Dimitrov is another player endorsing Nike Vapor Tour X, but he is really using the Nike Vapor Tour 9. Like with Federer’s shoes they are not very different and are hard to tell apart unless you get a close up picture.
Rafael Nadal is endorsing the Nike Zoom Cage 3, but is really using the Nike Courtballistec 4.3 or a slightly custom version of that shoe. Del Potro is also endorsing the Nike Zoom Cage 3, but is actually using the previous version, the Zoom Cage 2.
Pro player tennis shoes – Also for “next gen”
This is also the case for younglings Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. Zverev is endorsing the Adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3, but is using the previous model. Thiem is using Adidas Barricade 2017 and not the latest version. This is nothing outrageous and just the name of the marketing game. I think this is far worse when it comes to pro player racquets, since the differences between a racquet that Andy Murray uses and what HEAD then says he uses are so vast that it makes no sense to keep on saying. Just release an Andy Murray signature model and a paint jobbed version that is lighter and easier to use and everyone is happy.
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