• Mar 22nd 2009 at 2:29PM
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Click above for a gallery of the Babolat Propulse 2 with Michelin rubber

Michelin, the tire company, has a division called Michelin Lifestyle Limited that focuses solely on extending the company's "Better Mobility Concept" to other arenas, the latest one being center court. The brand of Bibendum has developed the outsole rubber for a range of Babolat's new tennis shoes, the Propulse and Team.

With a tennis player's movements centered around "acceleration, braking, grip and relaunch" on a variety of different surfaces, the Michelin R&D lab probably had a good idea of what kind of rubber was needed. Michelin mated rubber technology from its auto racing programs with a revised version of its Optimized Cell System that uses seamless circlular micro-cells inspired by rally racing tires. The result is said to be exceptional grip and durability. And if it's good enough for Sebastien Loeb, there's a good chance it's good enough for the U. S. Open...

[Source: Babolat]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I had Michelin tennis shoes at LEAST 10 years ago. This is not news.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Old news. Ive been rocking babolats for like 3 years. Best court shoes imo

      That design in the picture is new though..i haven't seen them yet on sale.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Make them all black and loose the velcro strap and Ill rock em
      • 6 Years Ago
      autoblog should make this a sweet giveaway :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Err.. Sebastien Loeb and the rest of the WRC drivers are running Pirelli's
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would buy a pair of those if the blue was a little darker.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should allow the user to adjust air padding inflation pressure, and a set for winter and summer. :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you have to weave back and forth to get them warmed up for optimum grip?
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