Who should buy the NikeCourt Air Max Volley

This shoe might work for you if: 

  • you are a recreational player or a tennis beginner looking for budget-friendly shoes
  • you are scouring for hard court shoes at sub-$100
  • looks matter to you and prefer a court shoe you can wear casually too

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Who should NOT buy it

If you want an equally stylish shoe that performs a lot better, look over the Air Zoom Cage 4. It's built for the hardcourt, loaded with tons of stability, more responsive, and with better ground connection. Just expect to pay more. The NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor Pro is another concrete-ready shoe to consider that's way more stable, protective, and grippier. 

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NikeCourt Air Max Volley: Fast and affordable

The NikeCourt Air Max Volley is an affordable hardcourt tennis shoe designed to help you get the ball quickly. Its canvas-like upper is easy to break-in. 

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Air unit buffers the impact

The visible Max Air unit is strategically placed in the heel section. It delivers impact protection on fast cuts and quick movements.

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Posterior rocker for improved heel-to-toe transition

The ergonomic heel design offers a rocking sensation, which encourages an efficient heel-to-toe movement during each serve and strike.

NikeCourt Air Max Volley rear side

Heel gets locked in 

The high heel counter with two foam pods encourages a comfortable and secure fit. More importantly, it prevents slippage. A few players appreciate this add-on because the pods "keep the heel stable throughout the run." The removable insole is designed with wavy grooves that prevent the foot from sliding forward or backward.

NikeCourt Air Max Volley heel pods

Laces offer lockdown fit

The adaptive lacing system helps wrap the foot comfortably and offers a secure, adjustable fit. For a budget-friendly tennis shoe, the tongue on this one feels plush.

NikeCourt Air Max Volley lacing system

Its tread doesn't smooth out fast

The rubber sole delivers decent durability in high-wear areas.

NikeCourt Air Max Volley tread pattern

Lacking in grip

Even as the tread pattern features a generative design for hard court traction, it lacks the pivot points or sliding channels. Having a poor grip makes running up and down the court less stable.

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Not ideal for flat-footed

The lack of a rigid plate under the arch inhibits overpronation, making the NikeCourt Volley less supportive, especially when sliding side-to-side.

NikeCourt Air Max Volley midsole

Quick but not too responsive

Some experts say the midsole feels "bulky" and "not responsive as expected."

NikeCourt Air Max Volley bulky

Needed more ventilation

The upper lacks enough airflow and traps the heat. One player noticed a warm sensation after playing 45 minutes indoors.

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For hardcourt and streetwear use

The tennis shoe has a street-style design, making it perfect to wear on and off the court.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.3oz / Women 12oz
Shoe Type: Hard Court
Construction: Speed
BRAND Brand: Nike
SKUs: CU4274003 / CU4274100 / CU4274101 / CU4274400 / CU4275002 / CU4275004 / CU4275100 / CU4275199 / CV0851024 / CV0853024

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Author
Brenton Barker
Brenton Barker

Brenton is an Australian with 20 years of experience coaching WTA and ATP professional tennis players, whom have won a total of 10 international professional Tournaments. Brenton holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and was the former Head Tennis Coach at the Japanese Government Sports Science Institute. Brenton was also a former Manager & Head Coach of Australia’s Governing Sporting Body, Tennis Australia, and has been a Dunlop International Advisory Board Member since 2010. Additionally, Brenton was the Head of Player development for World No 7 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Johan Kriek.