Originally Posted by Povl Carstensen
Again, were not talking lighter running shoes. I have yet to hear of any D1 or D2 players trying out minimalist shoes and dismissing it. And pros are under contract with makers of traditional tennis shoes.
I would love if some of the more serious players here would give it a go and report their experiences. But, do not start out with a 3 hour match, 15 minutes or half an hour would be a good place to start.
Also I would love to see the tennisshoe makers come out with tennis specific minimal shoes, ie shoes with little or preferably no midsole and outsoles specific for tennis traction and wear. And I am pretty shure it will happen in a year or two. However, I fear that companies like Nike would only go half way, like they did with their Free running shoes.
And sorry for highjacking the thread, JohnMT.
Ive never seen a top junior in minimalists OR running shoes at itfs, nats, or even sectionals. Ive yet to see a journeyman in minimalist shoes at the futures or challenger level, as in a guy without a sponsorship. Ive used the minimus, which are categorized as minimalist, for sprints... Forward and back on grass they were good, 4 point shuttle runs and I almost turned an ankle twice. The only reason I didnt roll is because I chose to fall over rather than try to regain my footing. Shuttle runs are quick starts and stops, with 4 pointers it also adds in change in direction, same crap done on a tennis court during a point (actually shuttle runs are easier imo) and I went up on the edge of the shoe an tweaked my ankle but luckily did not fully roll it.