Bottom up success: trainers
You can play a gentle game of tennis, but at its best, this sport should see you twisting and turning at speed so you’ll need a strong foundation. You don’t need specialist tennis shoes unless you want them, but you do need a strong support to protect your feet and allow you to turn.
Comfort and fit – while in motion – is everything with a tennis shoe. The fit for tennis shouldn’t be too roomy because you need the shoe to come with you as you start and stop at speed.
Tennis is a game of short sprints and lots of sideways movement that requires lateral support – in the arches, on the heel, and around the ankle – and good support in the toe. If you look at a very traditional tennis shoe – like a classic Dunlop Flash – you’ll see all the fundamentals that modern trainers build on.