Yonex has taken another step in tennis, this time with the new Fusionrev 5 sneaker.
Dubbed as a series focused on performance fit, the Fusionrev 5 was designed for high-performance footwork, the brand says. The Fusionrev series sets up as the Yonex offering for “optimal footwork during gameplay,” Tomonori Sekine, assistant manager of Yonex Tennis shoe development, tells me. Also in the Yonex footwear line, the Eclipsion series comes ready for stability, the Sonicage for comfort and the Lumio a lightweight option.
The fifth generation of the Fusionrev model improved the fit for intermediate and advanced players, as professionals Yoshihito Nishioka and Dayana Yastremska both take to the court in the model. Sekine says the changes “further enhance the sense of unity between the foot and the shoe,” improving the support needed as footwork has grown more intense in recent years.
Updates to the Fusionrev line feature a fresh take on a TPU shank, an updated Fusion Wing and a Durable Skin upper, all designed to achieve “natural fit and motion.”
The new 3D-constructed TPU shank comes wider, providing multi-direction stability around the court. Placed between the midsole and the outsole, Sekine says the location provides “optimal foot support.”
Dubbed the Fusion Wing, Yonex calls the technology “active support.” By placing the wing in the forefoot, rather than the arch, it promotes a natural, quick lateral movement. Even with the inclusion of additional technology for stability, the shoe comes in 10% more flexible than the previous model, designed to promote quick transitions.
The Durable Skin upper, which offers 360-degree feel while securely supporting the foot, pairs with a midsole for additional support. “The seamless design with Durable Skin upper with its high shape retention and support has been adopted throughout the upper to provide both rigidity and fit,” Sekine says.
The Power Cushion+ material is found across the Yonex footwear line. The brand’s signature shock-absorbing material has 28% more shock absorption and 62% more repulsion compared to conventional EVA cushioning, according to data provided by the Japan Vehicle Inspection Association.
The Fusionrev 5 debuts for men in two hard court designs, one black and purple and the other white and grey. For women, the hard-court version comes in either “mist purple” or white with grey. The clay version for women debuts in “rose pink,” while the men’s design is navy with orange. The new Yonex model has released globally and won’t arrive in North America until summer 2023.