NYC Nike Court Collection

The evening before the U.S. Open kicked off, Nike Tennis’ biggest stars recreated the brand’s infamous “NYC Street Tennis” commercial, commemorating their classic “street” theme from the mid-90’s featuring tennis greats, Pete Sampras & Andre Agassi.

Sampras & Agassi joined the likes of Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams & other Nike Tennis athletes as they took the streets & hit some balls around, engaging with the crowd and obviously promoting their new line. In honor of the event & the past history between Nike & the U.S. Open, Nike has decided to release an NYC Court Collection with an array of tanks, t-shirts & jackets with Nike’s court logo located on all of the apparel pieces. Nike offers the look you want for the courts featuring the always comfortable Dri-FIT material. Find the latest Nike Court Collection gear with us at Midwest Sports!


Apparel Piece of the Month

Two “stand out” apparel pieces this month are the Adidas Stella McCartney tank and coordinating skort. The tank is a racer back style made of a “climalite” seamless fabric that fits close to the body with superior moisture management. This tank is incredibly comfortable and looks fantastic with the Stella McCartney skort. The skort has a soft elastic waistband with a unique open mesh, laser vented skirt. It is extremely light weight and comfortable!
There is also a dress in this line that is worn on court by Caroline Wozniacki. This incredibly fashion forward, feminine tennis line can be purchased online at or in their retail showroom in Cincinnati,Ohio.


Legendary Performance, Timeless Value: Diadora Tennis

The word Diadora comes from the greek διὰ δωρέα “dia-dorea” Which means “to share gifts and honours”.

Quality and workmanship have been hallmarks for the Diadora tennis brand from the days of Borg, Vilas, and Cash in the 70’s and 80’s, Becker, Courier and Kuerten in the 90’s and 00’s, through today. For the discerning tennis player looking for a brand based on heritage and its use of high end materials, great colors and comfort, look no further than Diadora. (have pics of Borg, Vilas, Courier, and Kuerten saved in Diadora shoe folder.)

The Speed Star K model makes use of kangaroo leather for softness, comfort and sensitivity. Use of this material is more common in soccer, but lends itself well to the rigors of tennis, offering a supple, custom feeling fit to the upper. Double Action 2 and Axeler Heel Propulsion further add to the technology features of the Diadora Speed Star. Axeler Heel Propulsion is made from Pebax, a highly elastic memory material. Thanks to a specially contoured insert the Axeler Heel Propulsion ensures maximum shock absorption during impact with the ground. A 2015 Tennis Magazine top pick!

The Speed Pro EVO offers a lightweight option with excellent breathability thanks to the use of Supreltech Air mesh and Dia Shield. Socklike fit with unitongue construction. Also continues the use of Double Action 2 cushioning and Axeler Heel Propulsion. Incredible comfort with a great splash of color! Also highly rated in the 2015 Tennis Magazine shoe ratings issue!

In addition to the latest styles of Diadora, Midwest Sports offers a great selection of past generation models at discount prices. While supplies last!


New era for New Balance

For decades, New Balance decided against endorsing major professional athletes. The Boston based company, which is the only athletic shoe company that manufactures their footwear in the U.S., decided years ago that they would just sign runners to smaller contracts, and would not even feature those runners in any advertisements.


Well, the times caught up to New Balance, and in 2009, New Balance decided that they would jump into the endorsement game and start representing professional athletes.  The one stipulation with these potential clients of New Balance was that the athletes would have to commit time and effort towards a charity of their choice. In return, New Balance would provide financial backing towards that particular charity.


New Balance started representing Major League Baseball players, now over 350 players of the league wear New Balance cleats. Shortly after diving into professional baseball, New Balance decided that they would embark on the sport of tennis.


On January 3rd, 2013, New Balance announced that they would sign then 21-year-old, Canadian Tennis player, Milos Raonic to a multi-year contract to become the face of New Balance tennis.  Raonic now in his 2nd year with New Balance, is very involved with the inspiration aspect of the shoes & apparel in which Raonic wears on the court.


Diving deeper into the gear worn on court by Raonic, the 6th ranked player on the ATP circuit wears New Balance’s new shoe, the 996v2 tennis shoe. This shoe is the ideal volley between form & function. Raonic’s shoe of choice offers supreme flexibility to go along with lightweight durability.  This top-flight tennis shoe will help keep you fast and stable during and after a match.







Barricade 2015 Tennis Shoe


For those looking forward to the adidas Barricade 9, you will be met with a shoe that not only has a welcome surprise with its name, adidas Barricade 2015, but also with the amount of out of the box comfort and response. With a striking black and red colorway, this Barricade is visually attention grabbing and marks a departure from the plasticky upper found in the Barricade 8 and 8+. With a new Barricade chassis design, stability is not compromised, yet break in and response feel are much improved. Ballistic mesh and welded TPU upper for the most breathable Barricade yet. From a cushioning standpoint, adidas continues the use of adiprene and adiprene + for outstanding cushioning and propulsion. And what would the Barricade 2015 be with a 6 month durability warranty on the ADIWEAR 6 outsole! Durablity and stability have been hallmarks of the Barricade tennis shoe line for over a decade. Add comfort and improved flexibility in the Barricade 2015 to those defining features that have kept tennis players coming back!

The adidas Barricade 2015 will be available to ship on Thursday, December 4th!

Midwest Sports Favorite New Apparel Line

Chrissie by Tail tennis is a new women’s line in the tennis industry. Legendary tennis player Chris Evert is the inspiration behind the line. Chrissie apparel is designed to make you feel graceful and classy even in the toughest of competitions!
This new line is sold at midwestsports and is perfect for the women tennis player that wants to feel feminine while competing at the highest level!

New Fall Apparel Lines

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Win big with the confidence of looking great in this Tail tennis tank, features include color block details, mesh inserts for ventilation, and performance jersey fabrics to keep you comfortable on the court.

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Bolle high performance tennis tank will keep you performing your best on the court. Features include a square neckline, contrast fabric stripe detail across the front, and Bolle logo at the left front hem. The Bolle High Performance tennis collection offers a tapered athletic fit, and is made with wicking fabric that is UV protective, anti-bacterial and anti-static. Sweet, sporty and made to look great on everyone; this Bolle skirt features pleats, contrast binding at hem, and attached undershorts for added comfort and coverage in contrasting color.

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This Tonic feminine and stylish tennis dress will have you looking great and feeling cool on the court. Dress features a scoop neck, racer back, and a built-in shelf bra with removable cups. Dress also has a fitted bodice with a pleated skirt, and is made with moisture wicking fabrics for the ultimate in comfort.

New Inphorm Womens Tennis Apparel Line

Staff’s picks!

Lisa’s pick
The piece of tennis apparel I would love to own is the Inphorm Block Tennis Dress. This is a fantastic dress to be worn by any lady, young or old, competing on the tennis court. This dress is also available in a Champagne/Tubro Orange color. One would need this dress due to the excellent style and feel of the fabric. The higher neckline is very flattering and protects you from too much sun exposure on your chest. The Inphorm line which is new to Midwest Sports is an eco-friendly line. When you feel good…you play well!!


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The Queen of Clay?

Maria Sharapova French Open Gear

Maria Sharapova has reached her third straight finals at Roland Garros after defeating 20 year old Canadian, Genie Bouchard, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.  Sharapova has won 19 of her last 20 matches at Roland Garros, her only loss came at the hands of Serena Williams in the finals last year. Sharapova is trying to relive some of the magic she found in 2012, after she marched through the field at Roland Garros & achieved the allusive career grand slam (wins at all of the major tournaments) and first title at the French Open.  Sharapova won the title in 2012 after defeating the crowd favorite & one of France’s own, Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2.

Sharapova’s road to the finals this year drew clear after the World No. 1 & defending French Open Champion, Serena Williams, was upset in the 2nd round.  Before the tournament started, many fans had penciled in a Williams vs. Sharapova quarterfinals matchup.  That potential matchup could have been a gigantic hurtle to overcome for Sharapova, who is winless versus Williams since 2004 and holds a 2-16 career record against Serena.

The match between Sharapova and Bouchard for a chance at a finals berth was a clear example of Sharapova’s clay dominance. Sharapova has proved to be the “Queen of Clay” over the past 3 years, partly due to her charm and grace on and off the court, but particularity due to the impressive 53-4 record Sharapova holds on clay since 2010. Sharapova took her normal, not necessarily good, “slow start” approach to this match, dropping the first 6-4 to Bouchard. Sharapova battled back resiliently in the next two sets, fight off the 20 year old, 7-5 in a well contested 2nd set. In the 3rd set, Sharapova started to mix in her proven experience at grand slams to go along with her overall talent on the clay surface, asserting her dominance over the future star from Canada, 6-2 in the 3rd.

Sharapova will take on 22 year old & soon to be World No. 3, Romanian, Simona Halep in the finals on Saturday. Sharapova holds a 3-0 record versus Halep. These two last met in the finals of Madrid Open in early May in which Sharapova won 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Maria Sharapova French Open Attire

Simona Halep Marches into the French Semifinals

Simona Halep French Open Gear

Tennis’ newest rising star, Simona Halep, reached her first career Grand Slam semifinal after beating Svetlena Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2. Halep, the 4th ranked player in the world, has been dominant at Roland Garros, not dropping a set this tournament.

After a 3 hour rain delay, the 22 year old Halep, put all of the nerves and pressure aside and just played her game. That game of hers, has been one of the best games during the 2014 season. Halep ripped forehand after forehand, wearing Kuznetsova down. Halep has become a force on tour & fashionable on the court as well.  During her match versus Kuznetsova, Halep gave us a fresh look in her glow orange adidas tank with a tribe purple skirt with bright orange under shorts.