The tennis world is no stranger to compression shorts. If you frequently watch professional men’s tennis, you’ve likely seen the compression shorts peek out beneath the regular shorts.
The idea behind compression is that these pieces, usually shorts but tops are also available, they help reduce muscle fatigue and offer support during physical activity. This apparel technology is something that can benefit tennis players of all levels, not just the pros. Count our TW playtesters as fans of compression, too.
Many brands have them, Nike, Under Armour, adidas, but all of these shorts are not sport specific. They are general training compression pieces. Wilson has just upped the ante with its seamless compression pieces by specifically designing them for the tennis player. They’ve made short sleeve tops, long-sleeve tops and shorts meant to be worn as a baselayer beneath your usual tennis clothes.
Ask any tennis player, and they’ll tell you that tennis is a full body workout. Even fit non-tennis players can go out for a hit one day and feel sore in muscles they didn’t even know they had.
Wilson smartly targeted the key muscles groups tennis players use and paid extra attention in those areas. For example, there is maximum compression on the deltoid and rotator cuff with high density vertical rib construction to support this key muscle group. Serving, groundstrokes…. all that high velocity swinging can take a toll on the shoulder area. On the shorts, the key focus is kept on the quads and hamstrings.
Players also can work up a sweat so ventilation channels on the body help keep it cool. To add to the comfort factor, these pieces are seamless through the body and legs. With all the coiling of the body, there’s plenty of room for chafing. By having no seams in key areas and strategically placed channels, movement will be comfort free and restriction free, meaning you can swing away without feeling encumbered.
Some of Wilson-sponsored pros are wearing this new compression gear beneath their stylish duds. Count Feliciano Lopez as one. Check out the graphic below for a visual explanation of how Wilson’s seamless compression works.
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