words_Nick Engvall Back in the day of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Michael Chang, I would get hooked into not only the matches, but the footwear on court at major tennis events. It's no secret that tennis has had a huge impact on the sneaker industry over the years, but mostly from the late eighties and early 90's era of tennis had the biggest impact on myself. When shoes like the Air Trainer, Air Tech Challenge and Court Victory Pump is when I really started to pay attention to tennis and the shoes being worn. As far as footwear influence, the history of tennis and sneakers is obviously a lot longer considering silhouettes like the adidas Rod Laver and Stan Smith. With the dominance of Roger Federer in the early to mid-2000's it seems that the tie between the sneaker community and tennis has seen a lot of separation. It could just be my perception during that time, because I too lost some interest in paying attention because it seemed that the outcome was all to predictable. In the last couple years I've gotten back into watching, as well as checking out the footwear. This year's Australian Open has really grabbed my attention during the first few days, and I've seen some potential in a lot of the footwear at this year's first Grand Slam event in Melbourne. Check out some of the footwear spotted at this year's event below.

Novak Djokovic in the adidas CC Genius II

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the adidas Barricade V

Rafael Nadal in the Nike CourtBallistec 2.3

Roger Federer in the Nike LunarLite Vapor Tour PE

Gael Monfils in the Nike CourtBallistec 2.

Andy Roddick in the Babolat Propulse2

Andy Murray in the adidas Barricade M

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