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12/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/02/2019 09:21

How NikeCourt's Newest Shoe Unlocks One of the Most Critical Movements in Tennis

Rafael Nadal's play is best illustrated by his 2019 victory at Flushing Meadows. Won in dramatic fashion - a close match contested over 4 hours and 49 minutes and concluded in a fifth set - Nadal exhibited all of his intensely athletic game. Time and time again, he'd shoot his frame across the baseline before sprinting back to center court as if drawn by an invisible force.

The way he moves appears innate, but in truth, Nadal is always focused on the nuances of his footwork. Specifically, he wants to ensure he isn't losing time transitioning back to the center of the court, whether to return a serve or to rally. Doing so requires him to efficiently pop back to the forefoot.

The NikeCourt Zoom Vapor Cage 4 focuses on a specific design proposition: How can a performance tennis shoe return more energy and allow for a faster transition to the next hit? The all-court pace of contemporary tennis leaves no margin for error in getting back to position. Even if players are forced into a desperate slide for a return, a smooth transition to the forefoot- and a fast transition at that -can mean the difference between a point won or lost, be it on clay, grass or hard court.