ennis is a game that requires constant movement: forward and backward Frank
, side-to-side, running, jumping, lunging, and quick
pivots. A good tennis shoe will help you comfortably endure the rigors of the
game's quick stops and starts, short sprints and frequent lateral movements
while protecting your feet and helping you to perform at your best. With so many
choices, knowing what shoe is best for you can be difficult. Taking into account
your playing style Eirik
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your foot type are essential to making the proper shoe selection.
might ask, why can't I wear my regular running shoes to play tennis? Running
shoes on a tennis court are a sprained or broken ankle waiting to happen.
Running shoes are built with a thick, soft heel to maximize cushioning for
straight-forward, heel-to-toe foot impacts. Runners don't cut sharply sideways,
and the running shoe sole, especially the heel, is much too unstable for the
sideways movements of tennis. Athletic shoes protect the feet from the stresses
of the sport for which they are designed. So David
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the sport of tennis. Tennis shoes provide stability for side-to-side movement.
They are heavier and stiffer than running shoes, with flat, durable soles and
the toes are supported for stop-and-go action.
Surface, Style of Play and
Which kind of tennis court surface you play on for the majority of
your practices and matches will dictate the type of tennis shoe you need. Tennis
shoes for hard court play typically offer an extremely durable outsole, a
leather or synthetic leather upper for strength and are designed to provide good
lateral support and stability for tennis-specific movements. Tennis players that
play on hard court surfaces should choose tennis shoes that are durable and
resistant to wear to stand up to the wear and tear of playing on concrete.
Repeated play on hard courts will wear the tread off the soles of tennis shoes
and loss of tread leads to loss of traction and increased slipping. The part of
the tennis shoe that covers the toes should have extra protection on the outside
Tennis players that play primarily on soft court surfaces (e.g.,
clay or grass) should select tennis shoes that are comfortable and provide good
traction. Durability is less of a concern when players are on soft surfaces. It
is also vital that the tennis shoe have a smooth Connor
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soles of running shoes and cross-trainers can damage clay and grass court
surfaces. In fact, most clay court facilities do not allow players to wear such
shoes, instead requiring tennis shoes.
Advances in tennis footwear
technology have created cushioning systems that are lighter, more comfortable,
and better at removing moisture than in previous years. These new cushioning
materials include EVA which offers lightweight cushioning but not as much
stability and durability as other materials. Polyurethane is a much more dense
and durable material used for cushioning and it also increases stability but is
heavier. These cushioning materials provide additional padding where it is
needed and wick away perspiration.
The material used to create the upper
part of the tennis shoe can vary and each has benefits. Canvas stays coolest,
breathes best, but offers the least support Chris
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provides the most support and will stay drier in damp conditions. Vinyl can
provide good support, and it resists external moisture best, but it tends to get
hottest and has the least breathe-ability. Many tennis shoes combine leather or
vinyl with a durable mesh that allows cooling air to circulate through the shoe
keeping your feet cool and allowing moisture to evaporate. Keeping your feet
cooler on the court helps reduce fatigue and keeps you playing better longer.
Durability is rarely an issue with tennis shoe uppers because the soles usually
wear out long before the uppers do.
Your playing style can also dictate
the tennis shoe that is best for you. If you are a serve and volley player who
frequently charges the net you need a shoe with a toecap that gives extra
protection to the front of your foot. This style of play is rough on shoes,
particularly the sole and toe area, so finding a shoe with a sole that is
durable enough to meet your particular needs is important. Tennis players often
drag their toe while executing shots, especially the serve. It is crucial for
right-handed players that the inside toe area of their right tennis shoe have
extra protection to prevent premature wear. This area of the tennis shoe is
particularly vulnerable because most right-handed players drag their right foot
when serving, and often when executing forehand ground strokes. Remember that
increased durability often means increased shoe weight Blank
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If you are
a baseline player who plays the back line of the court you will need a shoe with
extra lateral support to handle the constant sideways motion. Your tennis shoes
will need as much cushioning and shock absorption as possible to keep you
comfortable. This is especially true if you play most of your tennis on hard
The characteristics of your feet and body will determine
what type of tennis shoe is most comfortable and effective for you. Body type is
an important consideration in tennis shoe selection. For example, larger and
heavier players may prefer heavier shoes that provide extra support while
smaller players may prefer a lightweight shoe.
It is critical that your
footwear be properly matched to the anatomy of your feet and the surface you're
playing on (e.g., grass, clay, co