A new Nike tennis shoe that bears Naomi Osaka‘s name is out: the GP Challenge 1 Osaka. Available in the exclusive colorway that matches the four-time Grand Slam champion’s recent Melbourne look, her stunning snake skin dress, this premium model launched in January 2024 is an update recommended to all those who enjoyed the GP Turbo.
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Introducing the latest Nike footwear released in time for the 2024 Australian Open, we provided you with insights into the GP Challenge 1 and explained how it differs from the GP Challenge Pro. Let’s take another deep dive into the victorious features that set this premium shoe apart, now also available with the “NO” logo.
First of all, the GP Challenge 1 is the widest fitting Nike tennis shoe to date. This means that players who have faced challenges in finding Nikes wide enough for their comfort can give them a shot this time around.
With Air Zoom units beneath both the forefoot and heel, the GP Challenge 1s become a secret weapon. The forefoot Air Zoom unit puts a pop in your first step, letting you play with the agility of a champion. Meanwhile, the heel Air Zoom unit provides the essential support for those game-changing serves and unstoppable swings.
Ever feel like your feet need a bit more stability during quick cuts and powerful movements? The GP Challenge 1 has got you covered. A strong midfoot plastic plate adds stability, transferring energy seamlessly from motion to motion. Plus, the extra-padded heel ensures you stay comfortable and supported throughout the game.
The shoe’s durable one-piece outsole is suitable for all court surfaces, but especially for hard courts. The toe area, specifically the big-toe side, is reinforced with extra rubber for added durability. High-abrasion rubber in the forefoot provides the traction you need to make those lightning-fast moves. The heel of the GP Challenge 1 is precision-engineered for rocker-like movements, perfect for that dynamic pullback when gearing up for a powerful serve.
We have to note that in her first (and last) match at the 2024 Australian Open, Naomi didn’t wear the new GP Challenge 1 Osaka, rather, she had a custom colorway of her old GP Turbo shoe model.
Also in Brisbane, where she kicked off her comeback from maternity leave, the Japanese wore the above shown Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo Osaka Coconut/Gum.