Tennis – Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has joined forces with Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving for Nike's new Vapor X 'Kyrie 5'. Kyrgios, himself a deeply dedicated Boston Celtics fan, will debut the sneaker on the 2019 Australian Open. In line with Fox Sports activities, the shoe will function the Kyrie 5 higher, with the outsole of the Vapor X, and a decrease lower to make the sneaker appropriate for tennis courts. The sneaker additionally has an Australian theme to honour the 2 athletes who’re each from Australia.
Talking to Bleacher Report, NikeCourt Senior Footwear Designer Michael Hui commented on the collaboration, "There's truly lots of similarities with the slicing and stopping, side-to-side actions that basketball gamers need to undergo which might be much like a tennis participant."
Irving mentioned he was happy with the outcomes of the collaboration. "I cherished the Vapor X 'Kyrie 5' from the second I first noticed them. The connection of Australian roots and that we now have respect for each other's video games makes the mixing of those two footwear an ideal match."
Kyrgios commented on the collaboration, "Yeah, it’s arguably the largest second of my profession,. I’m going to exit in entrance of my house crowd carrying the tennis footwear that share the title with my favorite basketball participant. Representing Kyrie and myself on the similar time, in entrance of such a giant stage, is fairly loopy. I wished to be like these guys. They have been my position fashions, so I wore the footwear they did.”
Alex Restivo, International Footwear Product Director for NikeCourt, commented, "[Kyrie] seems like his product is most much like a tennis product than it’s to a basketball product. [Tennis] is so OG that lots of these true manufacturers look to tennis as an authenticator for vogue. Tennis is a stage for vogue. The intense lights are on you, it's a person sport. You're not carrying a uniform. There's lots of inventive freedom and expression allowed on court docket, which could be very distinctive in an athletic sport."