The 2014 edition of the French Open ended as many in the tennisphere—including us—expected: with a record-breaking ninth title by Rafael Nadal. Now that the King of Clay has retained his crown once more, join us as we take a moment to look back at the collection of sneakers that kicked up the red stuff on the legendary grounds of Roland Garros this year.
Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3
Player: Rafael Nadal
Another year, and another French Open title for Rafa in the Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3. One of Nike's most popular tennis shoes, the Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 has been worn by Nadal for the last three consecutive French Open tournaments. During that time, the top-ranked player in the world has hoisted La Coupe des Mousquetaires twice—not a bad winning percentage if you ask us. This year, Rafa wore a light blue version of the shoe.
adidas Barricade 8
Player: Andy Murray
Some adidas-sponsored players on tour have been hesitant to make the jump from the Barricade 7 to the 8, though, Andy Murray isn't one of them. This year, the Brit made his semifinal run in a slick black colorway of the Barricade 8 complete with neon green detailing for a subtle pop of color. Murray failed to reach the final, but his shoes were clear-cut winners.
Asics Gel-Resolution 5
Player: Gael Monfils
Frenchman Gael Monfils couldn't quite break his country's 30-year drought of having a homegrown champ at Roland Garros, though he did turn a few heads with his dancing skill and acrobatic leaping abilities. It must be the shoes, right?
Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour
Player: Roger Federer
Roger Federer isn't the same dominant player he once was. Worse yet, he continues to struggle on the clay (as evident by his disappointing fourth-round dismissal at this years French Open). Still, R-Fed remains one of the best—if not the best—dressed players on the men's side. Roger wore a special French Open colorway of his Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour sneakers at Roland Garros, proving that he will continue to get the infinite royalty treatment from Nike.
adidas Barricade 7
Player: Novak Djokovic
You know that thing I mentioned earlier about some adidas players being wary of making the jump to the Barricade 8? We'll that was mostly a reference to Novak Djokovic. The Djoker has a lot of success in the Barricade 7, so you can understand why he doesn't want to mess with a good thing. Sure, he fell short of winning his first career French Open title once again, but his shoes are hardly to blame.
Lotto Raptor Ultra IV
Player: David Ferrer
In a sport predominantly ruled by adidas and Nike, veteran David Ferrer continues to hold it down for Lotto in the ATP rankings. Ferrer is one of three men (the other two being Stan Wawrinka and Ernest Gulbis) in the Top 10 who wear something other than a Swoosh or Three Stripes logo on their feet. His go-to Raptor Ultra IV sneakers perform exceptionally well on the clay—as evident by his quarterfinals run at the French Open this year.
adidas CC adizero Feather III
Player: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
adidas' adizero Feather line continues to be the most-worn shoe on the men's singles side year after year. Though, it has yet to experience a championship run at a grand slam. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is by far the highest profile player currently playing in the adizero Feather III. Hopefully he can reel in a major win for adidas some day.