The NikeCourt Air Zoom Zero is the first tennis shoe to employ full-length Zoom Air and it is the first time a Nike shoe has featured an articulated curved Zoom unit.
NikeCourt, Nike’s tennis wing, has used Breaking2 data and researched the movements of tennis players to help create a solution for the variety of movements tennis footwear must endure.
“For the Zoom Zero, we were incredibly focused on court feel,” said footwear designer Matthew DeAlmeida in a statement. “We saw a lot of success from the innovations behind Breaking2. We asked ourselves, what can we provide that’s specific to tennis? What’s a Zoom Bag arrangement that will give tennis players the best court feel, every match?”
The two main components the NikeCourt team looked at when designing the NikeCourt Air Zoom Zero was the curvature of the Zoom unit (to create a precise transition from heel to toe) and the durability of the Zoom (in order to withstand the movements of a tennis player).
Now the big question: why curve it in the first place? Curving the Zoom unit is the solution the NikeCourt team found to provide the best of a top-loaded and bottom-loaded Zoom Air unit all in one Zoom unit.
Nike has been tight-lipped regarding additional details on the unit’s curvature and pricing information. The brand also just lost its largest tennis star — Roger Federer — to Uniqlo.
The NikeCourt Air Zoom Zero is set to release globally in three colors on July 19. Stay tuned to WearTesters.com for more information regarding this release.
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