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Gearspotting: Australian Open 2021

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Trusted by the pros, loved by our staff. Gearspotting some of our favourite products seen on tour available in-store. From Osaka, Sabalenka to Canadian legends Marino and Auger-Aliassime we highlight a few of our favorite products spotted on the courts in Melbourne. Plus, a few sneak peeks at unreleased product expected later this year. 

The 2021 Australian Open ended in a familiar sight with Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokoivc on top of the tennis world. Let's first dive into what these champs were rocking on-court in Melbourne.  

 The Champs

Namoi Osaka

Yonex Ezone Limited Edition Racket

  
 NikeCourt Air Zoom GP Turbo  
   
                    
 

Novak Djokovic 

Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Racket: Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro (endorses)

ASICS Court FF 2 

      
          


Local Favourites

Marino

After qualifying for her first Grand Slam since 2013, local Vancouverite Rebecca Marino, made it to the second round of the Australian Open before losing to Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova. Word on the street is Marino might be making the switch to the new Yonex VCore soon but currently plays with old version. In terms of court shoes, nothing quite beats the ASICS Gel-Challenger 12— lightweight, comfortable, budget-friendly and worn by non other than Rebecca Marino!

 Yonex Vcore 100
 ASICS Gel-Challenger 12
     
            
 

 

FAA

 'New sponsor who dis'? The 2021 Australian Open was looking like Félix Auger-Aliassime's grand slam coming-out party.Through the first three rounds, the Montrealer hadn't dropped a set and cruised in his wins — including ousting the 11th seed, countryman Denis Shapovalov, in the round of 32. Could it be the new Adidas sponsor— new SoleCourt Boost, new PrimeBlue x HEAT.RDY Apparel Collection... too soon to tell, but he looked like GOOD.

 

 

  Babolat Pure Aero VS

 Adidas SoleCourt Boost

 

 

Jennifer Brady

A mandatory two-week quarantine upon arrival to Melbourne couldn't stop Jennifer Brady from letting everyone know she's the real deal. Rocking the ASICS Solution Speed FF, the 25-year-old American made her way to the final before losing to Osaka 6-4 6-3.

Babolat Pure Aero 2019

ASICS Solution Speed FF 2

           

               

 

 

Sabalenka  

 Sabalenka and Mertens pictured below celebrating their second doubles title at the Australian Open. In singles, the big hitter Sabalenka almost overcame Serena Williams in a ferocious fourth-round battle losing 6-4 2-6 6-4. But did you sneak a peek at the Sabalenka's court shoes? 

NikeCourt Vapor React NXT

   

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Sneak Peeks 

Not sure what a few athletes were using down in Melbourne?  Here's a look at a few unreleased products that found their way on the tour. 
New Balance Fresh Foam Lav 2

Milos was spotted testing out the new version of the New Balance Fresh Foam Lav 2 expected to be released late spring. Still utilizing New Balance's Fresh Foam midsole technology, the Lav 2 looks to be 'more of a tank' compared to the current Lav. More supportive, more durable,  a new heal counter and a fresh knitted up, expect these to make a big splash when they are released.   

 

NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor Pro 2021

Expect these to break the internet when they are released. The NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor Pro spotted on the feet of Nick Kyrgrios is expected to replace the popular Vapor X series later this year.  The new version is expected to be lighter and more supportive than the Vapor X, utilizing a 3-layer midsole design, with durability focused on specific high wear areas.  Stay tuned on our social channels for these puppies to drop in-store.

 

Rafa's New Paint Job

Could this be Rafa's new racket?

After debuting the racket in Rome last September Rafa fans have speculated whether the new paint job is a teaser of what's to come or just a one off custom cosmetic. The racket features the iconic Babolat Pure Aero yellow paint with some added orange and purple; similar to the La Decima paint job that celebrated his 10th Roland Garros Victory.

Babolat Pure Aero Rafa