Mizuno USA Tennis Official

こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!
Follow us on Instagram @Mizunotennisnorthamerica
 
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kimguroo

Legend
So Mizuno US headquarter is in Atlanta?
Wow. Mizuno representative uses babolat racket hahahaha
Bring some rackets such as C-tour line from Japan and hold events at local store demo day.
It will give good introduction to public especially one of active tennis neighbors such as Atlanta, FL, CA.
Hope Mizuno will bring good products and interesting designs especially Japanese domestic products in US.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
So are you going to be selling through Tennis Warehouse now? Or where/when will your products be available?

Also, I used to wear Mizuno volleyball shoes, so I know y'all make good shoes. Any chance your tennis shoes will go up to a size 15 like your volleyball shoes do? Tall people play tennis too!
 

gino

Hall of Fame
こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!
More companies should be doing consumer outreach on this forum (nike, cough, nike)
 

chapmpe

New User
こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!
Hi, any chance you will retro release any of the lendl shoes, clothing or racquets?
 

haqq777

Legend
こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!
Welcome! Look forward to interacting with you and learning more about Mizuno products as I have never used them.

P.S: those Pure Storm Tours rock don't they? Big fan myself.
 

1990's Graphite

Professional
こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!
Welcome! Mizuno has always had great quality. Your wave exceed tour 2's are awesome, I hear the 3's are even better and more comfortable! Any new tennis shoes on the horizon ?
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Tyler / @Mizuno USA Official - WELCOME!

I've been a fan of Mizuno products going back to the late 80s for volleyball and had some gum sole shoes for the sport. I also played softball and still have my field bag and bat as well as had used your cleats as well on both the diamond and the grid iron.

My first racquet was the Turbo Pro which I still have and hit with from time to time.

What kind of products will you be distributing here in the US for tennis?
 
Hi Tyler, thank you for coming onto the forums to chat with us and answer our questions. I do have one and I am pretty sure I'm not alone on this. Do you have any reasoning why none of the shoe companies (Mizuno included) do not make a tennis shoe in a mid-cut? The only choice is the Wilson Amplifeel, which sold well, but it's not really a mid per say but a low with an ankle wrap, so you have that extra stability knowing your ankle is covered.

I'm getting back into the sport at 42, as I played from age 13 to my mid 20s but stopped due to health reasons (had Ulcerative Colitis, surgery for it and eventually a liver transplant). I bought my first pair of shoes recently (Nike Zoom Vapor X) as I always played in Nike's growing up (huge Agassi guy). Their shoes we're all mids and we're very stable and loved them (my favorites we're the Zoom Challenge 1, Challenge LWP, Zoom Beyond and Zoom Court Implosion).

I'm very interested in the Wave Exceed Tour 3, but the low cut worries me (had ankle spreins in the past). Any insight would be wonderful. I'm sure others would be interested in a mid aa well. Thanks for taking the time.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!
I heard somewhere that Mizuno tennis shoe cushioning isn't as good as Yonex powercushion. is this true ? if so why ?
 
Welcome! Mizuno has always had great quality. Your wave exceed tour 2's are awesome, I hear the 3's are even better and more comfortable! Any new tennis shoes on the horizon ?
I have never worn the Wave Exceed Tour 2, as I was hired not long ago, but I am currently wearing the Wave Exceed Tour 3's and I love them.
You will have to stay tuned for what is on the horizon for Mizuno tennis!
 
Tyler / @Mizuno USA Official - WELCOME!

I've been a fan of Mizuno products going back to the late 80s for volleyball and had some gum sole shoes for the sport. I also played softball and still have my field bag and bat as well as had used your cleats as well on both the diamond and the grid iron.

My first racquet was the Turbo Pro which I still have and hit with from time to time.

What kind of products will you be distributing here in the US for tennis?
Thank you for being a long time supporter of the Mizuno brand!
We are just focused on footwear for the time being in the US.
 
Hi Tyler, thank you for coming onto the forums to chat with us and answer our questions. I do have one and I am pretty sure I'm not alone on this. Do you have any reasoning why none of the shoe companies (Mizuno included) do not make a tennis shoe in a mid-cut? The only choice is the Wilson Amplifeel, which sold well, but it's not really a mid per say but a low with an ankle wrap, so you have that extra stability knowing your ankle is covered.

I'm getting back into the sport at 42, as I played from age 13 to my mid 20s but stopped due to health reasons (had Ulcerative Colitis, surgery for it and eventually a liver transplant). I bought my first pair of shoes recently (Nike Zoom Vapor X) as I always played in Nike's growing up (huge Agassi guy). Their shoes we're all mids and we're very stable and loved them (my favorites we're the Zoom Challenge 1, Challenge LWP, Zoom Beyond and Zoom Court Implosion).

I'm very interested in the Wave Exceed Tour 3, but the low cut worries me (had ankle spreins in the past). Any insight would be wonderful. I'm sure others would be interested in a mid aa well. Thanks for taking the time.
Great question!
I will only speak for Mizuno shoes but the reason we do not feel the need to make a mid-cut shoe is because of the shape of the shank. Our shank (orange part in the picture) stops the shoe from flexing when moving laterally on the court which makes for a very stable shoe. No more needing to worry about rolling your ankle!


 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
Great question!
I will only speak for Mizuno shoes but the reason we do not feel the need to make a mid-cut shoe is because of the shape of the shank. Our shank (orange part in the picture) stops the shoe from flexing when moving laterally on the court which makes for a very stable shoe. No more needing to worry about rolling your ankle!


Will these be restocked any time soon? Out of stock for most sizes.
 

onehandbh

Legend
Not a USA distribution question but maybe you might have the answer.
I recently visited a Mizuno store in Seoul and when I went there the largest size they had in any mens shoe was either 10 or 10.5. Does Mizuno carry mens size 11.5 in any countries in Asia?
 
@Nostradamus Most all of these lower ranked pros have approached Mizuno asking for product. Many of these players are choosing to wear our gear even if they are not getting paid. It is important to the players that they wear shoes and clothing that is comfortable and performs well and naturally many players are choosing Mizuno. They love how light weight, comfortable and stable the shoes are and find the clothing to be very breathable and comfortable as well. It is hard to keep up with the demand on tour for Mizuno gear.
 

kimguroo

Legend
Not a USA distribution question but maybe you might have the answer.
I recently visited a Mizuno store in Seoul and when I went there the largest size they had in any mens shoe was either 10 or 10.5. Does Mizuno carry mens size 11.5 in any countries in Asia?
Size decisions usually made by regional distributors.
That’s why there is limited size.
You might already know since you have been in Korea. Especially racket grip size is mostly 4 1/4 and 4 3/8 is rare.
4 1/2+ is out of question.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
@Nostradamus Most all of these lower ranked pros have approached Mizuno asking for product. Many of these players are choosing to wear our gear even if they are not getting paid. It is important to the players that they wear shoes and clothing that is comfortable and performs well and naturally many players are choosing Mizuno. They love how light weight, comfortable and stable the shoes are and find the clothing to be very breathable and comfortable as well. It is hard to keep up with the demand on tour for Mizuno gear.
Agree, and I will try the product myself. But isn't the players approaching Mizuno just cause they know they can get free products and shoes, especially shoes. Shoes cost can be very high to the players and they know if they can get free shoes, they save of a lot of money. isnt' that the real reason why players are approaching Mizuno ?
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Not a USA distribution question but maybe you might have the answer.
I recently visited a Mizuno store in Seoul and when I went there the largest size they had in any mens shoe was either 10 or 10.5. Does Mizuno carry mens size 11.5 in any countries in Asia?
Size decisions usually made by regional distributors.
That’s why there is limited size.
You might already know since you have been in Korea. Especially racket grip size is mostly 4 1/4 and 4 3/8 is rare.
4 1/2+ is out of question.
When I was in the Philippines, it was hard to find shoes in a 12. 11.5 was almost just as tough and most of the time too small of a fit.
 
Agree, and I will try the product myself. But isn't the players approaching Mizuno just cause they know they can get free products and shoes, especially shoes. Shoes cost can be very high to the players and they know if they can get free shoes, they save of a lot of money. isnt' that the real reason why players are approaching Mizuno ?
You are correct for the most part but most every brand, excluding Nike and adidas, will give shoes to players if they ask.
 

galain

Hall of Fame
Nice to have you here Tyler. Are there any plans to release a few models in wide widths like you have with your running shoes? The 2E Wave Rider is the best fitting running shoe I've ever used - it would be nice to have a tennis shoe my toes can survive in as well!
 
Nice to have you here Tyler. Are there any plans to release a few models in wide widths like you have with your running shoes? The 2E Wave Rider is the best fitting running shoe I've ever used - it would be nice to have a tennis shoe my toes can survive in as well!
You will have to stay tuned...
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Hey Tyler,

Welcome to this world and thank you for participating with us.

Back in the early 90's, Mizuno produced a particular frame that was shaped like the modern Babolat racquets. They were a little wide-bodied in the hoop, and tubular in the throat. I had three of them and loved them. Unfortunately, once I cracked all three of them, I was unable to locate any more and had to move on to different frames.

Does Mizuno currently produce any frames with the same, or similar playability characteristics as those? I wish that I had a photo, or a model name or number but I do not.
 

eman11

Rookie
こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!

Tyler, is there any chance that you will sponsor colleges?
 
Hey Tyler,

Welcome to this world and thank you for participating with us.

Back in the early 90's, Mizuno produced a particular frame that was shaped like the modern Babolat racquets. They were a little wide-bodied in the hoop, and tubular in the throat. I had three of them and loved them. Unfortunately, once I cracked all three of them, I was unable to locate any more and had to move on to different frames.

Does Mizuno currently produce any frames with the same, or similar playability characteristics as those? I wish that I had a photo, or a model name or number but I do not.
We are not selling Mizuno tennis racquets here in the US but we do have a racquet in Japan called the F Tour that sounds close to what you are talking about.
 
@Mizuno USA Official - if you happen to have a list of stores that would be great.
Plus one on that question. I really dig the Wave Exceed Tour 3 but I have ordering shoes blind and having to send back. If I can try them on somewhere, that would be awesome. I like the black color with the blue and neon green color. Would be very interested in trying them on.
 
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