Clay Court Tennis is here and the pros are getting ready for the French Open. the clay court tennis season starts out in early April with US with green clay for the WTA players and red clay for the ATP players. Afterwards, the players move to Europe where all of the courts are made from red clay.
The sole of clay court tennis shoes are made of ridges to provide traction on this slippery surface. The ridges in the sole of clay court shoes are made closer together to prevent clay from clogging the sole. If the sole does clog with clay, the traction of the shoe decreases. Have you ever seen tennis players hit the side of their shoe with their racquet? the main reason is to clear the clay out of the sole ridges to maintain the highest level of traction that’s possible while sliding on dirt.
All of the major tennis shoe manufactures make tennis shoes for clay courts. We have outlined several models below:
The ASICS Gel-Solution® Speed 2 Clay Court tennis shoes have the same low profile as the previous version. The forefoot area of the shoe has been redesigned for added stability. Other features include: P.H.F.® (Personal Heel Fit)—two layers of memory foam that mold to the athlete’s heel for a personalized fit, forefoot lateral for responsiveness and control during intense play and the GEL® Cushioning Systems which minimizes shock during impact and toe-off phases.
The ASICS GEL-Resolution® 5 clay court tennis shoes are the flagship of the stability tennis line. Features of this model include: ASICS proprietary Flexion Fit® upper provides form-fitting comfort without sacrificing support, Mesh uppers with synthetic overlays ,Gender-specific cushioning, AHAR® (ASICS High Abrasion Rubber®) delivers exceptional durability in critical areas of the outsole, Rubber outsole with herringbone tread pattern provides exceptional grip on clay surfaces.
The updated ASICS® GEL-Resolution® 6 Clay Court shoe bring top-notch technologies and performance to center court. These shoes provides form-fitting comfort and support. This men’s tennis shoe is recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Institute (APMA) and boasts a synthetic leather and breathable mesh upper with midfoot wraps that provide support during lateral movements. The PHF® system maintains a tight fit, providing exceptional court-control. Rearfoot and forefoot GEL® cushioning deliver shock absorption and lasting comfort; two layers of memory foam line the collar and mold to the heel, creating a personalized fit.
The Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour Clay Court tennis shoe features a Adaptive Fit system and Nike Zoom units for low-profile, super responsive cushioning. The mesh upper features graphic overlays for breathability and style. A padded tongue and collar provides comfort and support. Lace closure for a snug fit. The Nike Zoom unit in the heel is made of a Phylon midsole for lightweight responsive cushioning. XDR rubber outsole with herringbone pattern for excellent clay court traction. Deep flex grooves for enhanced articulation and natural movement.
New Balance 60 V1 Clay Court Tennis Shoes
The New Balance 60 V1 Clay Court Tennis Shoes are the first ever tennis shoe to feature Mimimus technology. These tennis shoe engineered specifically for play on clay courts. The upper is made from synthetic and mesh. The collar and tongue are padded for comfort. Responsive REVlite midsole for excellent cushioning. Soft fabric lining and a cushioned footbed for additional comfort. Non-marking durable outsole allows increased traction for lateral motion and quick pivoting.