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If you’ve been watching Federer in the tournament Down Under, you’ve probably noticed the new Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour on his feet. The tennis star’s new shoe is the result of a collaboration between Federer and legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. Always seeking to push footwear technology and construction, Hatfield took insights from Federer and created the Nike Zoom Vapor 9. It’s an impressive hybrid of innovations—a combination of the lightweight, breathable nature of running shoes and the protection and stability of tennis shoes.
The shoe’s Adaptive Fit system uses “fingers” of soft material that wrap the arch and midfoot, conforming to the shape of the foot when laced tight for a glove-like, customized fit. Lightweight mesh on the upper offers breathability and the TPU foot frame adds stability for quick slides and changes in direction. Lunarlon cushioning combined with a Nike Zoom unit in the heel delivers exceptional cushioning, comfort and impact protection.
As Roger Federer pushes further into the tournament, he’ll have the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour to help him in his bid for title #17.