If you are a longtime tennis player, like myself, when you hear the word “barricade” you instantly think of a very stable adidas tennis shoe…or is that just me?! Launching in the year 2000, adidas has created a legacy in the Barricade line of shoes for being one of the top tennis shoes for aggressive tennis players of all ages.
My first run in with the Barricade line takes me back to my college tennis days. Back in 2001, our team was sponsored by adidas, and our shoe of choice (along with several other teams across the country) was the Barricade. The ideal shoe for a college team, our Barricades held up great with the 20-hour practice weeks and tournaments and matches every weekend — not to mention they were easy to move in, yet provided the ultimate support and stability. Continue reading →
After winning Wimbledon for the first time this year, Andy Murray enters the US Open as the defending champion and is looking to get another Grand Slam title under his belt in 2013. Already into the round of 16, let’s see what gear he is using that has got him this far into the tournament.
Andy Murray at the US Open — Photo by Cynthia Lum
His apparel: Andy is keeping his look sharp and simple on the court during the Open by wearing the adidas Barricade line. The Adipower Barricade Crew has a two-piece crew neck with contrast inserts, mesh along the upper back for increased ventilation and colorblocking with the Band of Power across the chest. This crew does a great job of keeping Murray cool despite the NYC summer sun and humidity. The Fall Barricade Woven Short in the 9.5″ length keeps this look simple and focuses on ventilation with the added mesh panels. To keep the sweat off his face and away from his grip, Andy uses adidas Large Wristbands. As far as shoes go, Andy is in the Barricade 7.0 to ensure stability, traction and support for all of his quick on-court movement.
His gear: Andy finds the perfect blend of feel and stability with his Head Youtek IG Radical Pro. This racquet gives him a lively, spin-friendly response from the baseline with a crisp controlled feel at the net. He has it strung up with the very popular ATP tour string, Luxilon ALU Power 16L, which gives him added controlled power and is a durable option. He uses Tourna Grip XL as his overgrip of choice to make sure he has a soft, yet absorbing grip throughout his matches. To carry all of his gear to the court, Andy uses his very own Head Murray MonsterCombi bag which is big enough to carry all of his racquets, apparel, and more.
We’ve seen Andy Murray take his game to new heights in the last half year. He’s reached the finals of three consecutive Grand Slams (winning one of them) and won an Olympic gold medal for his country. He’s making the case for being the second best player in the world behind Novak Djokovic. Let’s take a look at the gear that he was rocking during the recent Australian Open.