No. 10 - Wilson Rush Pro
This recently released shoe claims to be the brand's most highly developed performance shoe. Featuring Wilson's Dynamic Fit system, an all-court Duralast outsole, and a well-cushioned midsole, the shoe is a sign of exciting things to come from the tennis brand. Sneaker Report was most impressed by news of a "3D-injected TPU forefoot piece to add an accelerated benefit for players on the hard court.
No. 9 - Li-Ning Pro Competition
Li-Ning continues to make power moves into the new year. The Pro Competition shoe is a low profile shoe with a soft upper for breathability and extra comfort, great for making aggressive cuts on the court with a Bounse support strap for support in lateral movement.
No. 8 - K-Swiss BigShot 2
The popular Big Shot from KSwiss is back in 2013 with a redesigned everything. This includes a new chassis for improved support and stability, along with a lighter weight and a more comfortable fit. The BigShot 2 has been know to leave marks on hard surfaces from time to time, but otherwise it’s a good option.
No. 7 - Asics Gel-Resolution 5
Featuring an improved Flexion Fit upper, the updated GEL-Resolution 5 provides a one-of-a-kind fit for maximum comfort on the tennis court. The shoe also has a re-designed PGuard in the upper for greater flexibility. For the first time, Asics has introduced its Trusstic System technology to the GEL-Resolution series, which reduces the weight of the shoe while still managing to retain its structural integrity
No. 6 - Babolat Propulse 4
You’ll have to wait a few more weeks to get your hands on a pair of the Propulse 4, but if the previous version was any indication, the latest all-court shoe from Babolat. The new and improved Propulse 4 features a Michelin (yes, the same Michelin that makes your car tires) OCS2 high-abrasion outsole for optimal grip on any surface, particularly hard.
No. 5 - Head Speed III Team
Novak Djokovic may be spotted in a new shoe this year, the Speed Pro series debuts the Speed III Team featuring Head's Trinergy technology and CXG Comfort Grid for those quick burst of speed.
No. 4 - Head Speed Pro III
Last year, the Head Speed Pro Lite was one of our favorite hard court tennis sneakers. Now the Speed series is back with the even lighter and faster Speed Pro III. Featuring Head’s Trinergy technology, the sneaker combines a shock absorption system in the heel with the brand’s CXG Comfort Grid insert underneath the toe box for quick bursts of speed and excellent lateral movement as you chase down balls
No. 3 - adidas adipower Barricade
The adipower Barricade from adidas is one of the more popular sneakers on the pro tour, and there’s a reason for that. The Barricade’s adiWEAR 6 outsole is durable and versatile enough to conquer either clay or grass, but where this lightweight shoe shines the brightest is on the hard court. Judging from the success Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray (among others) have had in these shoes, these are a great option for competitive play.
No. 2 - Nike Air Max Cage
Nike didn’t wait long into 2013 to release its latest tennis sneaker, the all-court Air Max Cage, and it looks to be a good one. The shoe’s Phylon midsole with a TPU midfoot shank offers lightweight cushioning and lateral support, while the Air-Sole unit in heel brings Nike’s legendary Max Air technology to the tennis court. Any true player knows that tennis shoes must have proper traction for them to make the cut. The Air Max Cage’s full-length rubber outsole comes in a mix of patterns for durable traction on a variety of court surfaces.
No. 1 - Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour Hard Court iD
The Zoom Vapor 9 was released last year, but it’s a proven sneaker on the feet of the hard court king, Roger Federer--therefore it still retains its status as one of the better tennis shoes available today. And now that the Zoom Vapor 9 is available on Nike iD, players have the liberty of choosing a customized outsole pattern that is designed for the hard surfaces such as the upcoming Australian Open.