The Most Notable Sneakers Worn At The 2014 Australian Open

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Stanislas Wawrinka’s surprising championship run at the 2014 Australian Open not only marks the first time a player not named Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray to win a Grand Slam title in the last sixteen attempts, but it’s also the first time in the past decade that a shoe not branded with a Swoosh or Three Stripes has won a major tournament.

Not even Yonex probably expected to be standing in the winner’s circle when the Aussie Open kicked off two weeks ago. But thanks to Wawrinka’s shocking win over Nadal in the men’s singles final, the Yonex SHT-PRO EX has officially cemented its place in the record books.

While Stan’s SHT-PRO EX stole much of the spotlight down under, it was hardly the only noteworthy shoe worn at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.

With 128 players in the men’s singles draw, there’s bound to be a wide range of footwear brands represented at the first major tournament of the season. Here’s a look at some of the more notable sneakers that took to the iconic blue courts of Melbourne Park this year.


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  • Nene33

    Great line-up, loved those Courtballistec 4.3’s, I still don’t see the Lunar Ballistec as a good follow up(too much of a finesse-shoe like the Vapour Tour, not enough of a power-shoe) they look sleek though.

    Also, I don’t get the price-bump(at regular Vapour/Courtballistec price I would’ve had ‘em by now), the Lunar Ballistec don’t really bring anything new(DynamicFit like the Vapour, FlyWire/Lunar like the Hyperdunk-low).

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    The Australian wildcard play-off matches are already taking place and this will give some local players the chance to make it through to the main draw. The 2014 Australian Open saw Li Na win her second ever Grand Slam event, following her previous success at the French Open. On the men’s side, the title went to the Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka, who claimed his first and only Grand Slam win to date at the 2014 Here Streaming

    So who are the likely contenders for the 2015 Australian Open ladies singles title? Well, it’s difficult to discount Serena Williams. Even though the American has not won this title for four years, she is still winning majors as confirmed by her US Open victory in 2014 and French Open title in 2013. Another grand slam winner, Victoria Azarenka, may not have won a major title in almost two years, but the two titles that she has claimed were both at the Australian Open,
    The men’s side of the draw will see the return to action of Rafael Nadal, who should be fit to play at the start of 2015. The Spanish star missed the end of the 2014 season but will always be a threat in any tournament he enters. Having won the Australian Open in 2009 and with 13 other grand slam titles to his name, there will not be one player in the draw looking forward to the possibility of having to play Nadal. Having won 8 out of the last 11 Australian Open tournaments between them, it is impossible to ignore Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, despite the fact the Federer is now entering the last few years of his career. Djokovic has won the Australian Open in three of the last four years, but will face stiff competition from Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, and the defending champion, Stanislas Wawrinka.