US Open tennis fashion: the men

My last post highlighted a number of female players tennis fashion at the US Open. While men’s tennis fashion is rarely as interesting as women’s, this year shows some innovative patterns and, notably, more bright colors than we typically see in a single tournament.

Tennis fashion goes green

The most prominent color for men this year is green. Bright green. Neon green. It showed up on Milos Raonic, although I noticed his haircut as much as his shirt color.

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Milos Raonic, US Open Round 1

 

Crazy green works for Gael Monfils. Not only does it complement his dark skin, but also goes along with his unorthodox, acrobatic style that fans love so much.

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Gael Monfils, US Open Round 1

 

In addition to Raonic and Monfils, many more male players are sporting a similar color green, across a variety of labels. They include Jack Sock (also with a haircut), Marinko Matosevic, Juan Monaco, Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Querrey.

 

Murray’s tennis fashion: light on the green

Andy Murray wears just a touch of green on his wristbands and hat. Given all the other green shirts, his mostly-grey ensemble is refreshing.

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Andy Murray US Open Round 1

More bright colors in US Open tennis fashion

Green isn’t the only bright color showing up around the grounds in Flushing Meadows. Nick Kyrgios wore a particularly colorful shirt in his defeat of Mikhail Youhzny. Kyrgios is a relatively unknown Australian whose principal achievement since turning pro in 2013 was defeating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014. Although the pinkish-orange purplish-blue shirt by Nike is hard to describe, it works well on him.

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Nick Kyrgios, US Open Round 1

 

Another player who can wear bright colors is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. His orange shirt, sweatband and shoes look sharp against the white socks, shorts and hat.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, US Open Round 1

 

Federer’s timeless tennis fashion

Contrasting with all these bright colors was Roger Federer’s all-black “evening” ensemble. Perhaps he’ll have a different outfit for daytime, but being the star that he is, Roger is playing his first and second round matches during primetime on Ashe.

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Roger Federer US Open Round 1 (Evening)

 

Djokovic’s tennis fashion: boring!

You may have noticed that so far I haven’t mentioned the top-seeded male player at the US Open, Novak Djokovic. That’s because, even though his game is impressive, his tennis fashion is not. Sponsored by Uniqlo, Nole wears basic-looking outfits. No special colors — just red, white, blue and black. Always the same style of polo shirt. For this tournament, he’s going with red and black, and his shoes go with the theme. I suppose he opts to make his mark with tennis pure and simple, not with tennis fashion.

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Novak Djokovic – US Open Round 1

 

There’s lots more tennis to be played, and if the early rounds are any indication, things are going to continue to be exciting on the courts. Enjoy the matches, and keep your eye out for new tennis fashion trends!

 

 

Image credits: various photographers via usopen.org

US Open tennis fashion: the women

Almost as much fun as watching the matches is checking out the US Open tennis fashion. This year continues a trend towards variety of colors — not only in women’s clothes, but also in their shoes. Here are some ladies tennis fashions I’ve noticed so far during the tournament.

Sharapova tennis fashion: Day and Night

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Maria by day

Tennis diva Maria Sharapova is looking glam as usual. Nike has furnished her with a daytime tunic as well as an evening dress.

 

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Maria by night

 

Serena tennis fashion: the Big Cat

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Serena by Night: the Snow Leopard

Serena always stands out: not only for her dominant play, but also for her short skirts that emphasize the size and strength of her quads, hamstrings and glutes. This year she’s wearing an animal print dress. For her first round (evening) match, her dress was a more “formal” black and white — a snow leopard pattern. But then for her day match vs. Vania King, she sported the same print in pink and red.

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Serena by day: spotted pink panther?

Tennis fashion in blue, who knew?

Blue is a popular color this year. Azarenka looks cute in her blue and white tennis shorts and matching top. The young Canadian phenom Eugenie Bouchard shows athleticism and elegance in her slim-fitting blue dress.

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Vika shows her flexibility (and contrasting soles)

 

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Genie Bouchard stretches for a ball

Jelena Jankovic is also wearing blue, but she combines it with purple hexagonal spots.  Sponsored by Fila, Jankovic wears a simply styled dress that attracts attention with its bold print.

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Fila’s blue and purple print for Jankovic

In yet another take on the traditional blue color, Venus Williams is wearing one of her own EleVen designs, in a lady-like white and blue floral with a square opening across the shoulder blades. In her after-match interview, she indicated that this design includes some red — to make it red, white and blue for the US Open. Maybe she’ll add something red for the next round!

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Venus wins her second round match

Tennis fashion new color: blush

An often-seen color in early round women’s matches has been blush, or light peach. While blue, black and white are tennis fashion staples, this blush color is fresh and different. One Adidas top in particular has been worn by several players. Who wore it better, in your opinion: Andrea Petkovic, Kimiko Date-Krumm or Maria Kirilenko?

Caroline Wozniacki gets her own version of the Adidas blush. It has a contrasting panel down the front with a kind of flap that comes in two colors, berry and beige. Personally I’m not sure how this “flap” would work on many women’s figures. But on Caroline, of course it looks terrific.

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Caroline Wozniacki – US Open First Round

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Caroline Wozniacki – US Open Second Round

 

The next post will highlight men’s fashions from the US Open Tennis Tournament. Stay tuned!

 

Image credits: various photographers via usopen.org, zimbio.com

Davis Cup, Buenos Aires: tennis or fútbol?

This week the Tennis Channel was replaying Davis Cup matches from a few days before, when the Czech Republic defeated Argentina 3-2 in Buenos Aires.

I noticed several things onscreen that made me happy. First, the red clay and green walls brought to mind the French Open, and I remembered exciting matches I had enjoyed watching during this year’s tournament in Paris. Second, although it’s still early spring in Buenos Aires, the sun was shining and fans were dressed in short sleeves. Weather data on the internet said it had been 75 degrees last weekend, so I made a mental note to look for off-season airfare to Argentina– maybe I’d find a bargain.

But what intrigued me most was the Argentine spectators’ passion. They voiced approval and encouragement throughout the match. After every point there was applause, shouting and horn-blowing. Some fans even beat drums or blew whistles. Occasionally spectator emotion erupted between first and second serves, or on an impressive shot, even though it didn’t end a rally. See for yourself in these highlights from Juan Del Potro’s match vs. Radek Stepanek.

 

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The sound of the Argentine horns resembled the vuvuzelas that garnered notoriety during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I don’t know whether they were actual vuvuzelas, but they certainly lent the tennis matches in Buenos Aires a rowdier atmosphere than would have been tolerated, for example, at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. New York fans are sometimes criticized for brashness and noise at the US Open, but Argentines bring the concept of spectator participation in tennis to new levels.

 

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The difference between New York and Buenos Aires fans, as I see it, lies in the fact that the Argentines appear totally engrossed in the match itself, and their cheering stems from their passion for the sport and the players. While a lot of US Open spectators are there to see great tennis, quite a few come mainly to enjoy a good party.  [Read more…]

Dancing doubles: Petto, dito, mano

Even though the US Open ended last Monday, I continued to enjoy it all week, as I watched matches I had recorded but didn’t have time to see when they were first played. My favorite was the women’s doubles final, where Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (seed #2) played Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (seed #3). Errani/Vinci won 6-4, 6-2, with a classic style of doubles tennis that included serve and volley, lobs to back their opponents off the net, and excellent shot selection against a younger, harder-hitting Czech team.

 

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What garnered the most attention in the press, however, was a little dance the Italians did in their elation after they won the match. It’s hard to find a clear video of it, but this will give you an idea:

The post-match interviewer asked Vinci about the dance, and she laughed. A little embarrassed, she demonstrated: you touch your chest, then snap your fingers, then touch the other hand.  Then repeat. In Italian, “Petto, dito, mano.”

 

 

Apparently this is a dance or game that goes on in Italy, especially among kids. [Read more…]

More women’s fashion from the 2012 US Open

Although none of them made it to the finals of the US Open, there are some female players whose fashion deserves a shout-out.

Kim Clijsters

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Having announced earlier that the US Open would mark her retirement, Clijsters went into the tournament with a nice attitude about her years with the sport, as well as her future plans. She stayed positive throughout, even after a second-round loss to Laura Robson, the 18-year-old British phenom I’ll talk about below. Plus, Kim looked great on court. She still delighted fans by doing the splits when going after hard-to-reach balls, and her red, white and blue ensemble was perfect on her. I especially like the little stars on the back of the shirt.

She also played mixed doubles with Bob Bryan — where she showed a good attitude as well by attempting a chest bump after their first round win, not an easy feat for a 5’9″ woman with a 6’4″ guy. Good luck to Kim in her post competitive tennis life!

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Li Na

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Li Na is the other highly-ranked player whom Laura Robson defeated before being stopped by Sam Stosur.  She’s also a great example of a tennis player whose fashion preferences, like those of Kim Clijsters, can work for regular tennis-playing women who lack Maria Sharapova’s long legs, or Serena’s powerful frame. I love the color of Li Na’s top. It’s a T-shirt style with more shape than a regular T-shirt, so it offers coverage but also a flattering fit. You could wear the skirt with a light pink top also.  I might have to buy one myself!   [Read more…]