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radionise
07-06-2009, 10:51 PM
Hello all,

Recently I had to play a match on an outdoor macadam hard court after a heavy downpour. I was wearing the Adidas Barricade II mid which is suppose to be a hard court shoes.

Even when playing after the rain had stopped after two hours, I found myself continuing to loose traction and skid. That cost me the match dearly as I ended up holding back on most of my shots. Previously I've had experience of twisting my ankle when playing some other sports in similar kind of conditions and that had affected my confidence playing on wet surface.

Now I've been training and refining my footwork. So putting game technique aside, I'm hoping that you all can advise on a more suitable shoe sole to play on wet hard court (especially for macadam surface, boy they are unpleasant even when compared to acrylic hard).

So, do any of you have similar challenge when playing on wet macadam court? Do share your experience here.

Secondly, and most importantly, what type of shoe sole do you think best for this kind of conditions?

Thanks!

radionise
07-07-2009, 10:24 PM
Hi folks, just bumping this up.

plowmanjoe
07-07-2009, 10:32 PM
you shouldn't be playing on wet hard courts. any tennis shoe would loose traction.

radionise
07-08-2009, 04:05 AM
Yes, can't argue with that... totally agree.

However, at certain times, the organisers do require matches to go ahead due to certain constraints.

I live in the UK and it is not uncommon to have to play league matches in this sort of conditions... well, obviously not IN the rain but after the rain had stopped.

volusiano
07-08-2009, 04:20 AM
Since I don't think there are any tennis shoes designed to be played on wet courts, maybe what you can do if you must play on wet courts is to put on ankle braces so you feel more confident about not rolling your ankles and don't have to hold back as much.

The_Question
07-08-2009, 09:17 AM
No idea where this "macadam hard court" is located at. People don't post locations on the profile or in the post. It's rather hard to determine things in general...

JRstriker12
07-08-2009, 10:44 AM
No idea where this "macadam hard court" is located at. People don't post locations on the profile or in the post. It's rather hard to determine things in general...

macadam -is a type of surface. Not a word that's used often in the US. I think we might call it asphalt or maybe tarmac.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macadam

Looks like macadam courts are porous to allow faster drainage.

http://www.1st-surface.co.uk/tennis/tennis_surfaces.htm

- To the OP - I honestly can't think of any shoe that is particularly designed for play on wet surfaces.

Blade0324
07-08-2009, 01:22 PM
Hi Mate, sorry to say that there really is no shoe that I am aware of that is going to provide you traction on wet hard court surfaces. I would refuse to play in such conditions, I'm not getting hurt over something that dumb.