Is there a 3-way rivalry brewing? With his gameplay improving by the season, Serbian tennis pro Novak Djokovic astonished many at this year's Australian Open when the 23-year old defeated Roger Federer in straight sets, thus robbed Federer the opportunity in advancing to the finals down under for the first time since 2008. With competition heating up and entry of new talents, Nike and Nike Tennis developed the new French Open kit in the hopes that the world's most successive tennis player will regain some of his mojo at the next major Grand Slam at the clay courts of Roland Garros.
In tribute to Federer's Swiss heritage and color indicative of Federer's speed , the Roger Federer x Nike Tennis Collection for 2011 French Open is one of predominately red with hint of white. Improved for the warm Parisian sun, the RF Trophy Stripe Polo is made from Nike's Dri-FIT fabric. Already the most utilized fabric among Nike's apparel line, the light weight and moisture wicking elements make it the ideal material to fabricate Federer's signature collection from. All seams are Sonic Welded, a process which eliminates the need of extra fabric or threads. Again, lessen the weight while provide elasticity to the fit. Notorious for its unpredictable characteristics, Nike devised an updated Lunar Vapor 8 Tour to tame the red clay of Paris. A full length Lunarlon foam as midsole, the adaptive nature means supple support for agility, yet added cushioning during an extended volley session. Next generation Flywire technology "lock down" the midfoot section for a snug fit while ensures the signature feature of Lunar Vapor 8 Tour as one of the lightest sneakers on the court. Look for Federer in his brand new Nike Tennis Collection at the start of French Open on May 17th.