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Tennis has evolved over the years and if you compare the modern-day game to what it was 20 or 30 years ago, the difference is striking.
Modern players inspired by the greats Roger Federer and Djokovic are now sliding a lot on hard courts using their footwork skills to control their slides and stop how they want.
To do so, tennis shoes are required to be well-designed and to have components that allow the players to slide safely and avoid abrupt stops that can lead to injuries.
Here is our curated list of the best tennis shoes for hardcourt sliding.
- Asics Court FF 2
- Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro 2
- Adidas Ubersonic 4
- K-Swiss Ultrashot 3
- Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion 4
What Should Tennis Shoes For HardCourt Sliding Have?
To be able to slide efficiently on a hardcourt made of cement, you need to control your degree of sliding and know when to stop exactly. Pros like Djokovic or Kyrgios do that amazingly.
The choice of your shoes will determine how well you are going to slide on a hard court.
Typically, you should aim for tennis shoes that have:
- Adequate tread pattern
- Solid and durable outsole
- Flexible and resistant upper
- Lateral stability
What Are the Best Tennis Shoes For Overpronation?
Asics Court FF2
Djokovic wears it and we all know how good he is when sliding on a hard court.
They are also one of the best in most aspects like comfort, support, lateral protection, durability, speed and you name it.
The Court FF2 is the perfect combo of the speed of the Solution Speed FF line and the stability and comfort of the Gel Resolution line.
The entire upper contains polyurethane combined with mesh for ultimate resistance, breathability, and durability.
One main characteristic of this shoe is the ability to slide with total comfort thanks to Twistruss technology. It is designed to twist and flex with your foot protecting it from unwanted accidents.
The outsole is fabricated from AHARPLUS™ materials for improved abrasion resistance inspired by car tires. The outsole rubber provides controlled traction and supreme durability.
The wave sole pattern is wisely designed to let you slide easily and prevent harsh stops or uncontrolled gliding.
Novak does that brilliantly and consistently on hard courts.
The midsole is made from Flytefoam, which is well padded and provides support and comfort for all foot parts.
Finally, the Asics Court FF2 fits well with the mono-sock liner, and the size correct. This is a solid choice if you frequently play on hard courts.
- Comfortable and supportive
- Prevents foot twisting and flexing especially when sliding
- Controlled traction
- Amazing durability
- Good foot wrapping
- No break-in time required
- Thin strings, which do tend to cut in the eyelets
Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro 2
We’ve seen layers like Rublev or Holger Rune using one of these and they seem to be doing just fine as the previous model.
The new tread pattern is interesting having a data-informed design that creates optimal grip without impacting the ability to slide.
It is flat but at the same time provides good traction leaving you with better control of your slides on a hard court.
The Vapor Pro 2 is even more comfortable and padded. In addition, Nike increased the ground clearance on the forefoot for better support under the toes.
The Zoom Air unit under the forefoot and the soft foam under the heels both offer a springy feel and uppermost support and comfort.
Also, a good feature they adopted in the new version is the return to a classic tongue design, which is padded and nice.
Finally, the newly-designed upper is flexible and breathable and provides a good and comfortable fit.
Overall, the new Nike Air Zoom Vapor 2 is a contender for the best tennis shoes of 2023 in terms of comfort, durability, support and especially hardcourt sliding.
- Comfortable and supportive
- Good stability
- Controllable sliding: Easy sliding and stopping
- Drag materials around the forefoot for resistance
- Nice grip and superb durability
- One of the most elegant-looking tennis shoes
- Lower foot locking than the previous version
Adidas Adizero Cybersonic
Inspired by its predecessor the Ubersonic 4, the new Adidas Adizero Cybersonic is even more impressive with new technology and interesting features, especially for hardcourt players.
To begin with, the mesh in the upper consists of:
- An internal sleeve that provides flexibility and good accommodation of the foot
- An external woven mesh that is rigid for support and breathability
The outsole is made from a durable rubber compound and the tread pattern is mesmerizing to look at.
It is made from multidirectional all-over-the-place herringbone patterns, that differ in size and depth. This contributes to a solid grip on all surfaces and particularly the ability to control your slides seamlessly.
Dual-density Lightstrike foam in the midsole sits low to the ground and offers decent support and shock absorption. As a result, the shoes feel more connected to the court.
- Comfortable and superb locking of the foot
- Elastic gussets offer a sock-like fit and comfort.
- Sturdy and resistant materials
- Good overall stability and sturdy around the heel
- Fast propulsion
- Not the best support
K-Swiss Ultrashot 3
One of the most durable tennis shoes on the market, the K-Swiss has nothing to shy away from compared to the other models that we’ve seen so far.
DuraMesh and No Sew Slideguard technologies are incorporated in the upper to provide comfort, breathability, and durability.
K-Swiss has improved the support layer in the midsole using Surge 7.0 technology offering responsiveness and energy return.
A TPU shank in the midfoot offers good stability and prevents undesired movements during lateral slides.
The Dragguard 7.0 outsole provides good traction and durability backed by a 6-month guarantee. It is great for controlled sliding and resistance to abrasion.
- Stable and durable
- Good fit and comfort
- Surge 7.0 midsole offers support and responsiveness
- 360 Plantar Chassis Support for safe lateral movement
- The grippy outsole allows controlled sliding.
- Runs narrow
- Can be hard to clean
Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion 4
Yonex has improved the updated version of the Power Cushion Eclipsion for more comfort and stability.
A graphite plate is located under the midfoot, for increased stability and support. It keeps the feet low and connected to the court.
The upper is made from Double Russel Mesh that is lightweight (weight: 12.5oz) and very breathable, keeping moisture and heat away from the fabric.
The midsole contains Power Cushion+ technology in the Bounce Foam for supreme cushioning and comfort.
The outsole is one-piece Endurance rubber with a modified herringbone pattern providing a good level of traction, easy sliding, and superb durability.
A TPU stabilizer is on the heel counter for more stability when landing on the backfoot.
Overall, they are a solid pick if you’re looking for all-around support and stability, and controlled sliding.
- Comfortable and supportive
- The outsole offers controllable sliding
- Stability and assistance when changing the direction
- Good looking and easy to clean
- Takes some time to break in
- Some players say it lacks padding inside