2012 FRENCH OPEN FASHION PREVIEW
Tennis’ Grand Slam tournaments always serve up a unique range of fashions. The game’s top competitors are gearing up for Roland Garros with a new crop of on-court styles. Fans can expect to see bold colors that will pop against the red clay courts, and signature details that we’ve come to associate with each athlete. The French Open kicks off on Sunday, but here’s a preview of the styles your favorite players will be sporting when they take center court:
The biggest tennis fashion story leading up to the second Grand Slam of the season centers around world no. 1 male, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic left Italian apparel brand, Sergio Tacchini, in favor of a new clothing sponsor. The tennis star has signed a 5-year deal with Japanese clothing company, Uniqlo, and will serve as a global brand ambassador. Djokovic will debut his new Uniqlo threads when he hits the court at Roland Garros.
According to WWD, the first item created by the brand would be a custom-designed UT T-shirt, proceeds from which will be donated to the Novak Djokovic Foundation to support children’s programs. The Serbian tennis player hopes the partnership with Uniqlo would bring him luck at the French Open. “I’m really happy with the way I’m playing right now, I’ve been raising the level of performance every tournament and every match,” he said.
Djokovic will take part in advertising campaigns for Uniqlo, he’ll wear the fashions both on and off the court, and he’ll play an integral role in the design process.
“Uniqlo has allowed me to take a part directly in designing all the lines and all the clothes,” he said. “I feel that a player’s input and opinion are very important in order to achieve the best possible collection, and get out in the court and feel good in what you’re wearing.”
Venus Williams is known for her controversial on-court ensembles but her newly revamped EleVen line might result in some toned down fashion choices. “Strong, simple and iconic are the words I kept in mind when I designed this collection,” she said. For a preview of what we might see Venus wearing at Roland Garros, visit here.
Nike, adidas and Fila have also unveiled new fashions for Paris. To purchase all of the gear seen below, head here.
Roger Federer: RF Smash Clay Polo & RF Woven Short; Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour
Federer maintains his classic sense of style with a polo and woven shorts in a monocramtic gray color scheme. Small pops of neon green, one of this season’s most popular hues, add a bit of flair to his ensemble.
Rafael Nadal: Rafa Finals Clay Crew & Clay Short; Air Max Courtballistec 4.3
Nadal does not shy away from bold color choices and this year’s French Open outfit proves to be no different. A fiery red shirt that features a lapped-crew neck, set in sleeves and contrast inset panels at shoulders and sides, will stand out against his white shorts.
Maria Sharapova: Maria Statement Set Dress; Nike Lunar Speed 3
Sharapova always brings an element of style to the game. While the colors of her dress are more subdued, the piece has a feminine shape and includes intricate detailing, factors that often characterize her on-court fashions. The sleek dress features elastic tank straps, bonded stripes details on the bodice and a paneled skirt with zig-zag stitching,
Serena Williams: Statement Nike Rally Dress; Air Max MiraBella
Williams’ mint green dress with color blocking design is perfectly on trend this season. It features wide tank straps and a faux wrap construction for a high-fashion look.
Victoria Azarenka: Tie Breaker Knit Dress; Zoom Breathe 2K11
Azarenka continues to rise in the tennis ranks and in the style ranks. The bright pink coloring, ruching at the bustline and orange mesh pleats on hem of her dress result in a perfect mix of feminine and sporty.
Li Na: Nike Baseline SS Top & Baseline Knit Skirt; Nike Zoom Breathe 2K11
Li Na’s style is often more simplistic than Nike’s other female athletes. She’ll again wear separates and her fuscia v-neck top is a great color choice when paired with a black shirt.
Andy Murray: Barricade Crew in dark onix and high energy
Murray will take the court in a two-tone crew neck in dark onix and orange with mesh insets at underarms, printed graphics and 3-Stripes. Bright orange shorts will finish off his French Open ensemble.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: adizero Crew in power green and high energy
Tsonga will take the court wearing a striking “power green” and orange color combination. Additional details include a contrast crew neck, colorblocking, contrast mesh insets on sides with flat comfort seams, printed 3-Stripes on left sleeve, printed adidas logo on upper back, and a printed Roland Garros insignia on chest.
Ana Ivanovic: adizero Dress in super green and core energy
Ivanovic will also sport a fashion-forward dress with colorblocking design. Additional features include a scoop neck, contrast mesh tank straps and insets on body and mesh racer back.
Fernando Verdasco: adizero Crew in electricity and high energy
Verdasco continues his trend of wearing bold colors. This time around he will be outfitted in the same color scheme at Tsonga.
Caroline Wozniacki: adidas by Stella McCartney Performance Tank + Skirt in yellow
Wozniacki is often a style standout thanks to her clothing sponsor, adidas by Stella McCartney. Dresses mix McCartnery’s design aethetic with adidas’ performance benefits. The sunny yellow color for this tournament will blend well with the red clay courts.
Fila keeps it’s classic and iconic design aesthetic in-tact with this year’s French Open styles. The men’s Spring Baseline Sleeve Print Crew features a crew neck, printed mesh raglan sleeves, mesh insets on sides with bordering colorblocking and an embroidered Fila F-box on left chest. For the ladies, the gear will feature cool blue tones and the same Fila F-box logo.