With the 2022 season well underway, let’s have a look at women’s tennis shoes that stood out in the beginning of the year. We’ve selected five models, one from each major brand, and are showing you photos of WTA players wearing them at tournaments in January and February.
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Adidas tennis shoes: Barricade
The iconic Adidas Barricade tennis shoes got revamped to match the brand’s latest collection created in cooperation with South African designer Rich Mnisi. Colorful animal prints that draw inspiration from South African wildlife give new life to Adidas’ three stripes and nicely contrast the sneaker’s purple base.
After being discontinued for a few years, Adidas Barricades made a grand return last year, continuing the legacy of stability, support, and durability, with a lighter and faster feel suited for the modern type of game.
The latest Barricade reinvents the most successful Adidas tennis franchise with game-solving features such as a tested torsion system, an asymmetric lacing system, and geofit for comfort. If you’re looking for stability and durability, you should definitely consider this shoe.
Asics tennis shoes: Gel Resolution 8
Iga Swiatek of Poland marched to the Qatar TotalEnergies Open title in the Asics Gel Resolution 8. Just like Adidas Barricade, this shoe is exceptional when it comes to stability and durability. It is backed by a six-month outsole durability guarantee.
Even though it does need a little break-in time, it is well worth the wait. This sneaker is especially recommended to players who are putting in a lot of court hours every week.
Nike tennis shoes: Air Zoom Vapor Pro
The Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro is outstanding when it comes to lightweight footwear. It upgraded the Vapor X (the model that it replaces), making it more supportive and speedier. The asymmetrical lacing system provides a snug fit and additional support during lateral movement.
The photos above show Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic wearing this Nike tennis shoe at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
New Balance tennis shoes: WC 996v4
Coco Gauff‘s New Balance WC 996v4 is among the lightest and most comfortable shoes on the market today. The model has a low-to-the-ground ride with lots of court feel for speedy footwork.
Fila tennis shoes: Axilus 2 Energized
File’s popular performance footwear continues to propel the company’s representatives on the WTA Tour to unparalleled on-court success. No.1 Ashleigh Barty won the 2022 Australian Open in the flame scarlet / white / navy colorway of the Axilus 2 Energized women’s tennis shoe.
The responsive and agile Axilus 2 Energized offers a six-month outsole durability guarantee. A molded, breathable sockliner pairs with the molded forefoot cage for support and stability while providing a locked in feel.