This time of year Hollywood has its Golden Globes and red carpet. We tennis fans have our first Slam of the year and its blue courts. I know which of those I prefer to watch!
We of self-proclaimed tennis fashionista status chose a few of the outstanding outfits from the 2014 Australian Open. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites (in no particular order) …
He’s No. 1 in the world, and he received a few votes from our team for best on-court kit. Rafael Nadal as usual stepped out in Nike gear designed just for him. He’s pairing the Premier Rafa Crew with the Gladiator 7″ Short, which has a subtle print and flat finish on the waistband. Fans and non-fans can agree on one thing about this outfit: These shorts are a major departure from the capri-length pants of a few years ago. He’s gone from the longest shorts in the Nike tennis line to the shortest.
Unlike Rafa’s contrasting (and bright!) colors, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looked great in adizero’s blue hues for his night match against Gilles Simon. The adizero Polo in Solar Blue has Tribe Blue and Night Shade accents to tie it into the adizero Bermuda Short. For his shoes, he wore the adizero Feather III. Our playtesters gave this updated Feather shoe an enthusiastic thumbs up in their review.
Not one to disappoint on the fashion front Roger Federer was looking polished as usual in Nike. The biggest shake-up with this outfit would be the printed short. In the past, Fed’s shorts have had a very subtle herringbone stripe, and these are also now officially longer than Rafa’s shorts. Quite the departure from a few seasons ago. Fed has become synonymous with the Nike polo, so it was not surprising to see him in another refined RF polo, but it was nice nonetheless. His Vapor 9.5 shoes are also a bit on the flashy side, sporting a graphic on the upper.
Some people call him Baby Fed, though Grigor Dimitrov might be ready to step out of that shadow. He pushed Rafa to four sets and looked pretty sharp doing so if you ask us. Nike has a penchant for printed shorts this season, so along with Rafa and Fed, both Dimitrov and Del Potro wore printed shorts as well. Dimitrov wore plaid shorts with the fairly simple UV Advantage Crew.
Lotto had some great looks, too, and we were sad to see David Ferrer take an earlier than expected exit with his loss to Berdych. Lotto keeps the designs clean, but makes the apparel pop with brightly colored accents.
Now for the ladies… Watch out, tennis world. Here comes Eugenie Bouchard. This rising star wears pieces from Nike’s Maria Sharapova collection — and wears them well, we might add. If you want to know how to pull off the high waisted look, emulate Genie. She paired the high waisted skort by tucking in her Premier Maria Tank.
We can count on Li Na for keeping her look clean and classic. It’s not flashy, but her game speaks loudly enough for her. She goes for more coverage with the Pure Top and adds a pop of color with her Straight Knit Skort.
Last year it was all about yellow hues for adidas at the Australian Open. This year we’re seeing a lot of blue from the brand with 3 Stripes. As with the men, many of the women athletes wore blue, including Ana Ivanovic. Her dress has a fun design on the back and a feminine draped neckline.
It’s too bad Venus lost first round because we really liked her dress from her own line, EleVen. Last up we have Dominkia Cibulkova. At 5’3″, she does not tower over any of her opponents, but as Chris said, she has been a giant slayer at this year’s Australian Open. She’s been taking down seed after seed in her Lacoste dress. If you like this one, check back with us around March when the dress should be available.