At the upcoming tournaments in Australia that are kicking off the 2018 tennis season, world No.19 Madison Keys is set to debut the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X shoes, a revamped version of Nike‘s flagship Vapor line that improves flexibility and comfort by combining the best features of running shoes and on-court innovation.
Keys first tested the new shoe model in March 2017 and felt immediate comfort:
I put it on and I hit in it, it was like, ‘Yeah, these are great. I would love to wear these during matches,’ which isn’t always the case.
The American likes her kicks to have a fine balance between being rigid and elastic, so she wears her match shoes during several days of practice sessions to make them stretched out in just the right places.
This most innovative model to date, that has kept all the great features of the Vapor 9.5 and added important tweaks, provides a larger, more aggressive foot frame than the previous Vapors, improved traction pattern, enhanced durability and greater stability, while Keys especially appreciates better flexibility.
Since she started wearing Vapors in 2015, Keys has captured two of her three career titles, entered the Top 10 and reached her first Grand Slam final. Commenting on her footwear, Keys joked:
All of my success is because of the Vapors.
Notable fact: 81% of NikeCourt athletes wear Vapors.
The NikeCourt Vapor X shoes were released on December 23rd and you can purchase them at Tennis Warehouse USA and Tennis Warehouse Europe. While Keys will sport the black/white/solar red style, there are other color combinations available as well.