Under Armour Schools and Shoes

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    Do players on Under Armour teams (UCLA, Auburn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Cal) wear Under Armour tennis shoes or do they wear Asics or New Balance? I think Under Armour schools' teams that are in a sport where Under Armour doesn't really make a shoe (or not much) for their sport tend to wear something OTHER THAN Nike or Adidas.
     
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    I don't know about full schools, but a D1 player that I know uses there tennis shoes. He attended the Mouratoglou academy so maybe he had individual connections or through the team but the school he goes to is a Nike sponsored.
     
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    I didn't know that Under Armour made tennis-specific shoes. I would think that teams would have access to Under Armour running shoes but I've never seen anyone other than the Murray brothers wearing tennis shoes.
     
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    A quick glance at social media suggests the following footwear.

    UCLA - UA off court Asics on court
    Auburn - Nike
    South Carolina - Nike
    Notre Dame - Asics
    Wisonsin - Asics
    Cal - UA off court Asics on court
     
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    Thanks! I always thought that was a big negative about a school going with UA. Sure, UA makes tennis clothes and stuff for you to work out in but the actual tennis shoes - yeah, Murray wears them but I don't even know if can buy them.
     
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    all of the UA schools I know of wear non UA tennis shoes on court. UA does not make a tennis shoe except for custom shoes for a few players.
     
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    Some of the UCLA guys wear Adidas Barricades.
     
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    That makes sense given UCLA was an Adidas school and some of those guys might have started in those shoes. It seems like there must be some unofficial encouragement from Under Armour that if you can't wear our shoes (or we don't make them), wear stuff from Asics or New Balance or someone other than Nike/Adidas.
     
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    I doubt that Under Armour could dictate what shoes the UCLA tennis program wears since Under Armour doesn't make tennis-specific shoes.
     
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    When Under Armour commits to paying UCLA in the 9 figures, I think they can put some pressure to have shoes other than Nike or Adidas be worn. Obviously there is a limit but I don't think it is an accident that lots of Under Armour school players wear Asics.
     
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    The leverage belongs to UCLA regardless of how much money Under Armour is offering. Under Armour may be able to strongly encourage the tennis program to use shoes other than Nike/adidas but I doubt they're mandating it. If anything, it's most likely Nike/adidas telling UCLA that they won't do a shoes-only deal. With UA unable to provide shoes and Nike/adidas possibly being unwilling to do so, UCLA turned to the brands that have a tennis shoe line but can't really provide kits for all the remaining UCLA sports programs.
     
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    Underarmour makes great shirts, it keeps you cool during Hot days and it keeps you warm if you weather gets chilly. I am not sure how they do it but it is very unique fabric. I have no idea why it is so difficult for them to come out with Great tennis shoes as well ?
     
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    It's not easy to make shoes well. Nike and Adidas have spent hundreds of millions on R&D and have had so much chance due to sheer volume to work out kinks. I'm frankly surprised Under Armour has done as well as they have in making the few shoes they do make.
     
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