Sponsorship Changes for 2024

same here bro, holding tight onto my last 4 pairs

once those and turbos dry up, im in trouble lol
If nike does not blow out the water for the VP3, i think I will have to sail ship and go somewhere else. It is a shame that this has what this has come to.
 

gino

Legend
If nike does not blow out the water for the VP3, i think I will have to sail ship and go somewhere else. It is a shame that this has what this has come to.

yeah man i never thought id be here, but im in the same boat

been wearing vapors and cages since 2004, a real shame I dont trust the new stuff anymore

thinking diadora or asics when its all said and done
 
yeah man i never thought id be here, but im in the same boat

been wearing vapors and cages since 2004, a real shame I dont trust the new stuff anymore

thinking diadora or asics when its all said and done
If you are used to vapor feeling shoes, the ff3 and blueshield are not it. I have used both and are much heavier and not similar at all, more comparable to cages.
 

gino

Legend
If you are used to vapor feeling shoes, the ff3 and blueshield are not it. I have used both and are much heavier and not similar at all, more comparable to cages.
Those are the exact two I was going after, appreciate that sentiment

You like either of them in a vacuum without the context of being a vapor guy?
 
Those are the exact two I was going after, appreciate that sentiment

You like either of them in a vacuum without the context of being a vapor guy?
No i actually tried the diadora's before i came to nike and the asics after i started using nike since i was having some foot problems. They both are good but not similar to vapor's.
 

innoVAShaun

Legend
Garcia back in Nikes!? It may not mean anything on the practice court.

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mpournaras

Hall of Fame
If nike does not blow out the water for the VP3, i think I will have to sail ship and go somewhere else. It is a shame that this has what this has come to.
It doesnt matter what Nike does for the Pro 3. People wont like it and the Pro 2 will all of a sudden be sought after. We have seen it with every Vapor Gen. People HATED the Vapor Pro 1 after the X... yet here we are with them selling above MSRP on fleabay
 

McLovin

Legend
Does he have a sponsorship for the shoes, or are they personal preference?
Given that he’s sponsored by Head already w/ his racquet, it’s probably not a stretch to think he (or more likely, his agent) negotiated a deal with Head shoes as well. And I’m sure they’re happy to have him, given no one else in the top 20 is wearing them.
 
yeah man i never thought id be here, but im in the same boat

been wearing vapors and cages since 2004, a real shame I dont trust the new stuff anymore

thinking diadora or asics when its all said and done
The sad thing to me is that i think Nike can still make GREAT new tennis shoes (the original GP Turbo of only a few years ago was a revelation), but they won’t do it any more because they can devote that same amount of energy to other sports product departments and get a much better return on the time and design investment.

It seems like a period of data-driven consolidation where a lot of big decision makers at Nike believe that tennis just doesn’t seems like a good bet anymore so we are getting a real deterioration in what is coming out as they don’t devote the same substantial design and research resources to tennis.

Only a recent change, but it happened fast. Look at the really unique and very effective lacing system they developed for the Vapor pro 1, and then look at the equivalent in the “updated” Vapor pro 2 which looks like the basic lacing on a 1970s Pro-Keds sandshoe.

It’s a sad time because a company that created some of the truly great modern tennis shoes is currently bowing out, but the positive is that this is a period where we have the most choice ever in high quality flagship tennis shoes and the range outside of Nike is huge at the moment.

If you like Vapors, don’t forget to try the Head Sprint Pro series. Amazing performance and a lot of similarities to the Vapor 9.5 series. Unfortunately they look like crap, but that’s just the nature of the beast.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
The sad thing to me is that i think Nike can still make GREAT new tennis shoes (the original GP Turbo of only a few years ago was a revelation), but they won’t do it any more because they can devote that same amount of energy to other sports product departments and get a much better return on the time and design investment.

It seems like a period of data-driven consolidation where a lot of big decision makers at Nike believe that tennis just doesn’t seems like a good bet anymore so we are getting a real deterioration in what is coming out as they don’t devote the same substantial design and research resources to tennis.

Only a recent change, but it happened fast. Look at the really unique and very effective lacing system they developed for the Vapor pro 1, and then look at the equivalent in the “updated” Vapor pro 2 which looks like the basic lacing on a 1970s Pro-Keds sandshoe.

It’s a sad time because a company that created some of the truly great modern tennis shoes is currently bowing out, but the positive is that this is a period where we have the most choice ever in high quality flagship tennis shoes and the range outside of Nike is huge at the moment.

If you like Vapors, don’t forget to try the Head Sprint Pro series. Amazing performance and a lot of similarities to the Vapor 9.5 series. Unfortunately they look like crap, but that’s just the nature of the beast.
Nike and adidas are both losing market share to Hoka and ON. Nike is the middle of big layoffs. There’s big problems at Nike that go beyond tennis.
 

bobeeto

Professional
Interesting...Nike is a total trash last few years, yet, some think it is "best dressed"...
I think it is a good move to TF (especially the shoes ;))
I’m not here to defend Nike, but he’s always gotten the best of their collections. Seeing him at IW today was weird, plus back to Nike shoes. TW tent guys said someone on his team came and bought 4 different shoes for him to try
 

heavyD

Semi-Pro
The shirt is pretty much a copy of Fila from 1975-1981.
For me it really works with the red shorts. Maybe coincidence with Znak noting his kit but I normally don't pay too much attention to clothing but his Wilson attire caught my attention while watching that match.
 

aus89

Hall of Fame
For me it really works with the red shorts. Maybe coincidence with Znak noting his kit but I normally don't pay too much attention to clothing but his Wilson attire caught my attention while watching that match.
similar to Adidas a few years ago

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BobRF

New User
Does anyone know how/when/where to buy Wilson kits in EU? Their stuff in the US looks *great* this year and I’d love to pick up some things.
 
Coria now also makes the switch from Hydrogen to About Sports. The Hydrogen founder sold the company only to make another one and move all former players to him.
 

Break To Win

Semi-Pro
I wonder if the Fed wore ON clothes, It's probably what he'll wear after his Uniqlo contract ends (July 2028). It would be nonsensical.

ON's clothing style suits Rafa, in my opinion
 
I wonder if the Fed wore ON clothes, It's probably what he'll wear after his Uniqlo contract ends (July 2028). It would be nonsensical.

ON's clothing style suits Rafa, in my opinion
Imagine how 'public court also ran' Fed would look with his skinny arms dangling out either side of an On tank. :-D
 
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aus89

Hall of Fame
Where’d you hear that? Wouldn’t make sense as the market for ON is rising still.
yeah that's not true. Some good data has come out though based on Swiss customs about how they pay about $20 in Vietnam for their $200+ shoes with much higher profit margins than competitors like Adidas
 
Yeah, I've actually got a pair of Cloud Horizon Waterproof Low Trail Shoes through work and while they're impressively light & grippy & look the business I'd be somewhat disappointed in the quality & projected durability If I'd paid for them at $300 AU; they even tend to squeak quite a bit at times too.
 
Asics president talked to Forbes about signing a top female player this year:

Considering the talk is about North America and their market, surely the only answer is Pegula? I don’t think Maddie wants to leave Nike and Coco is far too expensive for them. Unless they consider Navarro a top player already.
 
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