Asics Gel Solution Speed 2 vs. KSwiss Ultra Express

Best in lightweight tennis shoes

 

Once upon a time, my tennis shoes were for strictly tennis. How things change! Now while I still wear running shoes to run, my go-to shoes for gym workouts (primarily HIIT and Tabata routines) are made for the court.

Today I’m pitting two of my favorite lightweight tennis shoes, the Asics Gel Solution Speed 2 and the KSwiss Ultra Express, against each other for their cross training effectiveness. When it comes to training shoes, I look for something that is lightweight, comfortable, stable and colorful. Yes, cosmetics count and count for a lot.

Let’s break down the match-up.

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Why Roger Federer is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)

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Roger Federer after he captured his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 2007, defeating Rafael Nadal in five sets. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

First, we can start with some of the statistics from Roger Federer‘s illustrious career…

  • most Grand Slam titles (17)
  • most Grand Slam final appearances (25) and consecutive appearances (10)
  • most consecutive Grand Slam SF (23) and QF (36) appearances
  • shares the record for most titles at three of the four Grand Slams: Wimbledon (7), US Open (5) and Australian Open (4)
  • most weeks ranked as world #1 (302)
  • only player to be ranked #1 for 200 consecutive weeks
  • ranked as one of the top two players in the world for a record 346 consecutive weeks
  • holds the longest ever winning streak on grass (65 matches)
  • holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streaks on hard courts (56 matches, 36 matches)
  • holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streak against top 10 opponents (26 matches, 17 matches)
  • most consecutive finals won (24)
  • most consecutive Grand Slam appearances (60)

**records are for male players in the Open era

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