Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov & Kyrgios’ Summer 2016 NikeCourt collection for Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome

March 22, 2016

The ferocious competition of the clay-court season is on the horizon and the #NikeCourt team of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios are set for six weeks of terre battue action.

Adjusting his schedule accordingly toward his knee surgery, Federer will compete at the Monte Carlo Masters in the Summer RF Advantage Premier Polo in team red with ocean fog and white, which will be paired with the Summer Flex Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in ocean fog, midnight navy and white. Roger’s warm-up for the clay-court season will be the Summer Premier RF 98 Jacket in obsidian navy with white, and his legendary footwear on the dirt will be the Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour in team red, obsidian, ocean fog and white.

The best clay-courter in history is back on his favourite surface and Spaniard Nadal will begin what he hopes is the road to his 10th French Open title. Donning the Summer Challenger Premier Rafa Crew in vivid orange with midnight navy (picture to the right), Rafa will complete his look with the Summer Flex Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in ocean fog, midnight navy and white. The Mallorcan will prepare for his matches in the Summer Rafa Premier Jacket in ocean fog with obsidian navy and white and split step around every center court in the Lunar Ballistec 1.5’s in laser orange, vivid orange, ocean fog and midnight navy.

Born on clay but well adapted to every surface, Dimitrov enters the clay season wearing the Summer Advantage Henley in university red with night maroon and white, which will be matched with the Summer Flex Gladiator 9″ Short in midnight navy with white. The Bulgarian’s footwear on the red clay will be the Zoom Vapor 9.5 in total crimson, dark grey, black and white.

Continuing to entertain his wide fan-base, Kyrgios will be adamant on scoring as many wins as possible on the clay this Spring. Set to wear the Summer Summer Henley in night maroon, white and ocean fog, the Australian will complete his kit with the Summer Flex Gladiator 9″ Short in midnight navy with white. Look for Kyrgios to also sport the ever-popular Zoom Vapor 9.5 in team red, obsidian, ocean fog and white.

The rest of the NikeCourt team, which is comprised of Juan Martin del Potro, Jack Sock (wearing the all-new AirZoomUltraFly), Borna Coric and Taylor Fritz will all be outfitted in the latest Summer 2016 apparel and footwear.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Summer 2016 Group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Let’s get the clay-court season started!

Reviewing the 2016 Nike Air Zoom UltraFly

March 16, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

The highly anticipated Nike Air Zoom UltraFly is finally available, and fans of #NikeCourt will be impressed with the most technologically savvy tennis shoe ever released on the market.

Our first impressions of seeing the Air Zoom UltraFly were that it looks like nothing ever seen on the court before. With proven winners like the Vapor Zoom 9.5 and the even newer Lunar Ballistec 1.5, Nike has eclipsed all previous models with this latest offering. Fitting true-to-size, the Air Zoom UltraFly does have a slight arch near the plantar fascia, which is likely brought forth by suction-like Flyknit ankle cuff that has become ever-popular in the Mercurial SuperFly and the recently released LunarEpic FlyKnit MP. It certainly looks like the FlyKnit cuff is here to stay and we can expect more premium models to include this technology moving forward.

Made to improve the on court speed of players, while cutting off sharp angles that include directional changes with ease, the snug fit and stability of Air Zoom UltraFly is comparable to the Zoom Vapor 9.5 and much better than the Lunar Ballistec 1.5. With that said, it distances itself from both of the aforementioned due in large part to the Pebax ® propulsion plate, which offers uncompromised responsive cushioning. The addition of the Pebax ® propulsion plate, which was first inspired by R2 Zoom SuperFly R2 track shoe, does require some break-in time that was not needed in the other previous flagship shoes in the NikeCourt family.

However, after that initial break-in period was completed, the Air Zoom UltraFly was simply a beast on court. Ripping through every dimension of play with efficiency, the Air Zoom UltraFly allows for precise lateral and horizontal movement, while assuring your footwork is in check every step of the way. Made to compliment the NikeCourt Elite Crew Tennis sock because of the security and snug nature of the shoe, we wouldn’t recommend using a thicker sock unless you are looking for an ultra tight fit.

Other highlights of the Air Zoom UltraFly include increased durability on the medial and outside of the foot, courtesy of the ultralight Kurim © and mesh upper. Keeping in mind that the Air Zoom UltraFly is a speed-oriented shoe, the durability provided in specific wear zones couldn’t be better considering the light-weight nature of the sneaker.

Also featured in a sleek all-black color-way, the Air Zoom UltraFly comes in unisex sizing and a modified herringbone sole pattern that provides optimal traction on hard-courts but also works well on clay. Priced at $295 CAN and $220 US, the Air Zoom UltraFly is now available on Nike.com.

Available in future color-ways throughout the year, you can step up your game and stay up-to-date with all of the latest news from the NikeCourt team by following them on Twitter here.

Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov, Kyrgios and del Potro’s Indian Wells and Miami NikeCourt Spring 2016 apparel and footwear availability

February 24, 2016

March madness on the professional tennis scene hits the courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California, which will be followed by the excitement that South Beach has to offer at the Masters event in Miami. Stepping up their game in a nice way this season, the NikeCourt team of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and Juan Martin del Potro will be eager to unveil their latest on-court collections.

Entering the Miami Open after skipping Indian Wells with an injury, Federer will be seen in an all-new color-way of the Spring Premier RF Polo in light crimson with black, which will be paired with the Spring Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in black with white. Federer will complete his look with the Premier RF Jacket in white with deep royal blue with black, and finally his footwear for the Miami Open will be the Vapor 9.5 Tour in white, total crimson, university red and black.

Attempting to win his fourth title in Indian Wells and first in Miami, Nadal will look to have full crowd support when he debuts the Spring Challenger Premier Rafa Crew in omega blue with white and black, which will be matched the Spring Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in omega blue with white and obsidian. Rafa’s warm up jacket in California and Miami will be the Rafa Premier Jacket in white with stealth and black, while his footwear will be featured as the Lunar Ballistec 1.5 in omega blue with white and obsidian.

The smooth strokes of Grigor Dimitrov will once again be highlighted by the Spring Challenger Premier Crew in lucid green with white, which will be worn with Spring Gladiator Premier Breathe Short in midnight navy with white. Dimitrov’s shoes in California and Key Biscayne will be the Vapor 9.5 Tour in white, voltage green, gorge green and black.

Entering the first-two Masters events of the year after winning his maiden title in Marseille, Kyrgios will continue his sleeveless look with the NikeCourt Premier Challenger Crew in light photo blue with white, which paired with the Gladiator Premium Breathe Short in white with black. The entertaining Australian will continue to wear the Vapor 9.5 Tour, but will opt for the white, blue and black color combo.

The rest of the NikeCourt team, which is highlighted by Juan Martin del Potro, newly acquired Jack Sock, who will debut the AirZoomUltraFly, Borna Coric and Taylor Fritz, will also be outfitted in the latest 2016 Spring collection for Indian Wells and Miami.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Spring 2016 Group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link.

Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov and Kyrgios’ Nike Tennis Australian Open 2016 apparel and footwear availability

January 13, 2016

Fresh and ready to compete after the 2015 season offseason, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios will not only be excited to begin their fortnight Down Under, but they will also have the all-new Spring 2016 Nike Tennis collection to debut as well.

With his sights set on his first Major title since Wimbledon 2012, Federer will fly around Rod Laver Arena in his latest NikeCourt Premier RF in lucid green, which with obsidian, which will compliment his NikeCourt Premier 7″ Gladiator short in white with lucid green and obsidian. Known for using top-notch fabrics in the RF line, Nike provides a bold yet chic pallet to Federer’s latest collection. The Swiss star will complete his look in the Zoom Vapor 9.5 in white, voltage green, gorge green and black and will warm up for his matches by wearing the Nike Premier RF Jacket in grove green and white.

Always learning from the ups and downs that pro sports provides, Nadal will be eager to start 2016 in the best possible fashion. Set to debut the Challenger Premier Rafa Crew in yellow and bright crimson, Nadal’s shorts in Australia will be the NikeCourt 7″ Gladiator Short in white with bright crimson. A great addition to Nadal’s top for 2016 is the introduction of AeroReact technology. The responsive, lightweight bi-component yarn senses moisture vapour and opens its structure to maximize breathability. Finally, Rafa’s explosive footwork will be amplified in the Lunar Ballistec 1.5 in white, vivid sulfur and black, and his pre-match warm will be featured as the NikeCourt Premier Rafa Jacket in white, stealth and black.

Bringing rock and roll tennis back to the forefront of the sport, both Dimitrov and Kyrgios’ charges Down Under will be as massive as ever. Putting together a special ensemble for both fans favorites, Nike will have the duo in the eye-catching NikeCourt Premier Challenger Tank in light crimson with white, while completing their look with the 9″ Gladiator Premium Breathe Short in white with midnight navy. Dimitrov and Kyrgios’ footwear in Oz will be the Vapor 9.5 in white, total crimson, university red and black.

The rest of the Nike Tennis team, which is highlighted by Borna Coric, Taylor Fritz and Alexander Zverev, will also be outfitted in the latest 2016 Spring collection for the Australian Open.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Spring 2016 Group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Bring on the Aussie Open and another great fortnight of tennis!

Federer and Nadal’s ATP World Tour Finals Nike Court 2015 apparel and footwear availability

November 11, 2015

Ready to finish the 2015 tennis season on a high note, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are slated to debut the Holiday 2015 collection by Nike.

Returning to the ATP World Tour Final, Federer will look to set himself up for a another great year in 2016 when he unveils his latest Winter Premier RF Crew in midnight navy with black and white, which will be paired with the Winter Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in midnight navy with black and white. The Swiss great will also wear the Winter Premier RF N98 Jacket in white with copa and black and finish his kit with the Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour in (camo) black, squadron blue and anthracite.

Looking to regain the form that saw him become No. 1 in the world, Nadal heads into the O2 Arena decked out in the Winter Challenger Premier Rafa Crew (pictured to the right) in copa with black, which will be paired with the Winter Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in black with copa and white. The Spaniard will look extra sharp in the latest colorway of the Lunar Ballistec 1.5, which is featured this season in tumbled grey, phantom, copa blue and black. Rafa’s signature hoodie will be the Winter Premier Rafa Windrunner Jacket in black with white and copa.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Winter 2015 group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link.



Previewing the Fall 2015 Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie for Grigor Dimitrov

September 21, 2015

by: Nima Naderi

Locked and loaded for the final quarter of the 2015 season, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov is set to unleash his powerful serve along with his all-new Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie during his upcoming events.

Continuing in the recent tradition of bringing the consumer topnotch quality combined with unparalleled warmth and style, the Fall 2015 Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie in medium ash and black will surely be one of the hottest sellers this season. Packed with the same great technology that we have come to love with the Tech Fleece line, Nike has stepped up their game nicely this season by adding a great overall camo print to the collection. Built to help any tennis player fight off the elements during an early morning run or pre-match hit, the Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie features a great oversized, adjustable hood, ergonomic sleeves that do not hinder the range of motion on ground strokes or serves, plenty of storage in the kangaroo pockets for tennis balls or your mobile, and a great cotton to polyester ratio that allows for a light weight feel.

Fitting true to size, Dimitrov’s latest hoodie will provide comfort to and from the court, while being a great statement piece for pre and post match layering.

Available in three colors, the Nike Tech Fleece hoodie can be purchased by Canadians at Nike store locations for $230 CAN and through retailers including Sporting Life.

For the latest that Nike has to offer for Fall 2015, make sure to hit them up on Twitter @NikeToronto, @NikeSportsWear as well as on Instagram: NikeSportsWear.

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Nima Naderi is the Editor in Chief of TennisConnected.com. Being a Head Teaching Professional with over 18 years of coaching experience, Nima is also an award winning coach with the USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry) rated in four categories.


Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov and Kyrgios’ Nike Tennis US Open 2015 apparel and footwear availability

August 24, 2015

There’s always a special vibe in the air when the final grand slam of the year approaches. The end of summer brings forth the madness in New York, while showcasing the best tennis players in Flushing Meadows to contest the year’s final Major. Ready to lay claim to another Grand Slam crown, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios will be outfitted in the latest Nike Tennis Fall 2015 apparel and footwear.

Looking as good as ever, Federer’s mission to win a sixth title in NYC begins in the Fall Advantage Premier RF Striped Polo in radiant emerald with white, which will be paired with the RF Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in teal and hot lava for his day matches. Federer’s night session attire will consist of the Fall Advantage RF Polo in white, black and hot lava, which will be completed by the RF Gladiator Short in black with hot lava. Roger’s shoe of choice in New York with the Zoom Vapor 9.5 LG in both radiant emerald, hot lava (Pink) and teal, along side the black and hot lava colorway under the lights. Federer’s comfy Fall Premier RF N98 Jacket will be highlighted in both teal with white and white with hot lava.

Bringing forth a great blend of hip trends to the Big Apple, Nadal’s all-green day ensemble will feature the TG Rafa Challenger Premier Crew in green gradient, while his matching shorts will be the Rafa Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in green gradient. Under the lights Rafa’s stage presence will shine as he brings forth the camo look. Set to debut the Fall Challenger Premier Rafa Crew in black, hot lava and camo (pictured to the right), the Spaniard will complete his kit with the Rafa Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in black, hot lava. The former two-time winner is set to cover Ashe Stadium in the Lunar Ballistec 1.5 in both white with green strike for his day matches and the black with hot lava under the lights. Rafa will look to keep warm in the ultra functional Fall Premier Rafa Windrunner in green strike during the day and hot lava for the night session.

Always a favorite wherever he plays, Dimitrov’s flare will be highlighted in Queens with the Fall Advantage Breathe Polo in volt, which will be paired with the Fall Gladiator Breathe 11″ Short in teal with white. Grigor’s footwear in Flushing will be a custom made pair of Vapor 9’s.

Whether it’s a new haircut or a devastating forehand cross-court, Kyrgios’ court hype is real and here to stay. Decked out in the all-new Fall Advantage Breathe Polo in black with hot lava, the Australian’s shorts for NYC will be the Fall Gladiator Breathe 11″ Short in black with hot lava. Kyrgios is also set to unveil the latest colorway of the ever-popular Zoom Vapor 9.5 in black with hot lava.

Borna Coric, Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alexander Zverev and Ryan Harrison will also be outfitted in the latest Nike Tennis gear for Fall 2015.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Fall 2015 group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Enjoy all the action in NYC!

Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov and Kyrgios’ Nike Tennis Fall 2015 Montreal and Cincinnati apparel and footwear availability

July 21, 2015

The hard-courts of North America are heating up and the men on the ATP World Tour will be adamant on elevating their games for the final Grand Slam of the season at the US Open.

Prior to arriving at Flushing Meadows, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios are all slated to participate in the Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati and debut their latest Nike Tennis 2015 Fall apparel and footwear.

Hoping to build on his recent finals appearance at Wimbledon, Federer returns to the hard-courts in search of continued glory. Set to debut the Premier RF Henley Shirt (picture to the right) in sport fuchsia, vivid pink and white, Roger will complete his outfit with the Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in squadron blue with sport fuchisa and white. Federer’s shoes in Canada and Cincy will be the Vapor 9.5 Tour in white and black and his cozy warm up jacket for his matches will be the Premier RF N98 Jacket squadron blue with sport fuchsia.

Looking to rebound from a disappointing season, Nadal returns to the asphalt of North America with the intention of finding his game. Featured in the Premier Rafa Crew in white, solar and green strike, Rafa will finish his kit with the Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in solar and green strike. Nadal’s comfortable kicks in Montreal and Cincinnati will be the ever-popular Lunar Ballistec 1.5 in white and black and his functional hoodie will be the Premier Rafa Jacket in white, solar and green strike.

The new poster boy for Nike Tennis flies into the hard-court swing hungrier than ever. Looking to make a wrong season right, Dimitrov’s talent has never been in question. Highlighted in the Fall Advantage Dri-Fit Cool Polo in white with game royal, Dimitrov’s matching shorts will be the Fall Court 7″ Short in game royal with squadron blue and white. Grigor’s shoe of choice for the remainder of 2015 will be a custom made pair of Vapor 9’s.

Full of personality and power, Kyrgios has become a box office player around the globe. Eager to begin his hard-court campaign, Kygrios is scheduled to wear the Fall Advantage Polo in team red with white, which will be paired with the Fall Gladiator 9″ Short in team red with university red and white. The newsworthy Australian will complete his kit by sporting the Vapor 9.5 Tour in white and black.

Borna Coric, Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alexander Zverev and Ryan Harrison will also be outfitted in the latest Nike Tennis gear for Fall 2015.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Fall 2015 group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Enjoy the hard-courts in North America!



Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov and Kygrios’ Nike Tennis Wimbledon 2015 apparel and footwear availability

June 24, 2015

Flying into the third Major of 2015 in style, the Nike Tennis team of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios will all be eager to hoist the trophy at the end of the fortnight.

Winning the title seven times and looking to improve on his runner up finish of last year, Federer will look refined as ever when he debuts his latest signature kit. Decked out in the latest RF Premier Henley in white, Federer short for the Big W will be the Summer Gladiator Premium 7″ Short in white with silver. Federer’s Zoom Vapor 9.5 Safari will be featured in white, black and silver and his on court jacket for the Championships will be the Summer Premier RF N98 Jacket in white, black and silver.

Looking to rebound from a disappointing French Open appearance, two-time former winner Nadal enters Wimbledon in the all-new Rafa Premier Summer Crew in white and black, which will paired with the Summer Gladiator 7″ Short in white and silver. Rafa’s shoe of choice on the lawns of London will be the Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Safari in white with metallic silver, and his stylish on court hoodie will be the Premier Rafa Windrunner Jacket in white with black.

Youngsters Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios are set to wreak havoc on the grass this year in their sleek on-court ensembles. Slated to wear the Summer Advantage Polo in white with black, the duo will complete their look with the Summer Gladiator 9″ Short in white with black. Kygrios’ road to another quarterfinal or better will be kept safe with the Zoom Vapor 9.5 in white and black, while Dimitrov’s quest to duplicate or improve on his semifinal appearance of a year ago will be aided by the Zoom Vapor 9 ID.

Borna Coric, Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alexander Zverev and Ryan Harrison will also be outfitted in the latest Nike Tennis gear for Summer 2015.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Summer 2015 group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Enjoy the second Grand Slam of the season in Paris!

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Note: Nike Tennis Fall 2015 has also hit TennisWarehouse and can be shopped here.

Federer, Nadal, Dimitrov & Kyrgios’ Nike Tennis French Open 2015 apparel and footwear availability

May 20, 2015

The premier clay court tournament of the season at Roland Garros is set to get underway and the Nike Tennis team of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios are ready to unveil the latest Nike collection for Summer 2015.

Once a former champion in Paris, Federer will light up the City of Lights with his all-new RG outfit. Set to debut the Summer Premier RF Polo in persian violet and hot lava, which will be paired with eye-catching Summer Gladiator Premier 7″ Short in hot lava, aluminium and black, Federer’s warm up jacket in France will be the Summer Premier RF N98 Jacket in classic charcoal, black and persian violet. The latest colorway of second seed’s  Zoom Vapor 9.5 will be seen in persian violet, white and hot lava.

Aiming for an incredible 10th title at the French Open, Nadal will be ultra motivated to begin his campaign in Paris. Eager to launch his Challenger Premier Rafa Crew in blue gradient (pictured to the right), Nadal will continue to impress on the dirt with his Summer Gladiator Premier 7″ Short also in blue gradient. The Spaniard’s comfortable warm up jacket will be the Summer Premier Rafa Windrunner Jacket in light blue lacquer with hot lava (pink). Perhaps the best item of Nadal’s latest look will be the Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 in persian violet, midnight navy, black and hot lava.

Growing his fan-base and shot-selection with each passing year, Dimitrov enters Roland Garros with great aspirations. Looking his best in the Advantage Dri-FIT Cool Polo in persian violet and hot lava, Dimitrov will complete his kit with the Gladiator 9” Printed Short in persian violet and hot lava. The Bulgarian’s shoe in France will be a custom made pair of Vapor 9 ID.

Known for his flamboyant game, Kygrios comes into Paris with his best clay-court season to date. Slated to wear the Advantage Dri-Fit Cool Polo in hot lava and persian violet, Kyrgios’ power-game will be aided by the Summer Gladiator 9″ Short in persian violet and hot lava. The 20-year-old will finish his look with the Zoom Vapor 9.5 in persian violet, white and hot lava.

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic will also be outfitted in the all-new 2015 Summer collection from Nike Tennis. Borna Coric, Ryan Harrison and Filip Krajinovic will also be players to watch for as they continue to rise up the rankings in their Nike gear.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Summer 2015 group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Enjoy the second Grand Slam of the season in Paris!


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