New Balance 2015 collection

On Thursday October 23rd I represented Tennis-Buzz at a press day hosted at the Hoxton Arches, London, where New Balance showcased its SS15 collections.
With soon-to-be-released sports performance and lifestyle clothing products on show, together with an extensive new footwear collection, I was of course particularly keen to get a sneak peek of the latest tennis gear to be worn by Milos Raonic and Nicole Gibbs (amongst others) for the 2015 season.

Stealing the show was the MC (men’s collection) and WC (women’s collection) 996v2 footwear; The shoes were equipped with PROBANK, NDURE and REVLOTE technologies to enable athletes to remain light on their feet without sacrificing durability or support for grueling matches. This easy-on-the-eye product was my favourite item in the new collection.

New Balance 2015 collection

Other stand-out, and more traditional looking footwear included the MC896v1 and MC696v2.

Nicole Gibbs New Balance Australian Open outfit

I was also able to take a look at the New Balance kit to be worn by Nicole Gibbs at the smart 2015 Australian and French Open’s (no word on what Milos will be wearing as yet).

Nicole Gibbs New Balance French Open outfit

All in all it was a fun event, with plenty of new products across New Balance’s range of categories such as cricket, running and of course tennis. And one thing is for sure, regardless of how New Balance tennis athletes perform next year, they’ll certainly look the part.

By Andreas Plastiras

Thanks to Gung Ho and New Balance for the invite!

Every year in September, 50 European countries take part in the European Heritage Days, a programme that offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. For the first time, yesterday, the French Federation of tennis opened up the Roland Garros stadium and museum free to the public as part of Heritage Days, and of course, I was there.

Waiting to enter the museum, you could still see the Davis Cup semifinals poster and the French and Czech flags atop Court Philippe Chatrier.

Roland Garros

Tennis museum

The permanent exhibition showcases trophies, players memorabilia, a few videos as well as some infos about tennis history and the future Roland Garros stadium expansion.
You might be disappointed if you’ve visited the Wimbledon museum, Roland Garros museum is quite small, with less content and interactivity.

Below, the trophies presented each year to the winner of the men’s singles (Coupe des Mousquetaires) and women’s singles (Coupe Suzanne Lenglen):

Roland Garros trophies

Replica of the 1991 Davis Cup captured by Henri Leconte and Guy Forget over the dream team of Sampras, Agassi and Flach-Seguso:

1991 Davis Cup replica
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Victoria Azarenka US Open outfit
NIke 2014 US Open outfits

Victoria Azarenka will compete wearing the Nike Premier Sleeveless Polo, Nike Printed Pleated Woven Skirt combination and Nike Lunar Ballistec footwear (middle in the picture below):

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

Maria Sharapova 2014 US Open outfit

Maria Sharapova makes her return to New York after a year’s absence. She will compete in a unique Nike Maria Day Tunic.

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

Maria’s footwear choice is a customized version of the NikeiD Zoom Vapor 9 Tour (right in the picture below):

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

Sharapova’s Nike Maria Night Dress on the left:

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

Roger Federer 2014 US Open outfit

5-time US Open champion Roger Federer will wear the Nike Advantage Premier RF Polo, Nike Premier RF Sweater, Nike Gladiator Premier Shorts and the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour.

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

Roger Federer night kit (on the left), Rafael Nadal night kit on the right:

NIke 2014 US Open outfits

NIke 2014 US Open outfits