Hard as it is to believe, another U.S. Open is nearly upon us. It seems like it was just yesterday that Serena and Rafa were rolling and I was debating whether to spend my entire media food allotment on a $20 lobster roll. But in two weeks the best players in the world will once again descend on Flushing Meadows to play the year’s final Slam and provide much needed distraction between college and NFL football games.
For all the tournament’s faults—massive crowds, weather delays, the aforementioned overpriced food—they are small inconveniences to watch the sport at its highest level. And one thing the event can’t be accused of is poorly dressing its on-court personnel. In fact, the Grand Slams all do impressive jobs of outfitting their umpires, linespeople, and ball kids; so much more civilized than black-and-white zebra prints.
Ralph Lauren and its unmistakably enormous Polo horse is back again to clothe the 2014 U.S. Open officials. French navy will be the dominant color with hits of yellow, red, and green accents. The ball kids' polos are made from an “airflow” jersey material designed for better movement and breathability. The rest of the collection includes zip mock jackets, a tech pique ball girl inspired dress, a navy cardigan with contrasting stripes on the arm, and an expanded selection of accessories such as stretch visors, mesh hats, and logo wristbands. (Check out some of the pieces below).
The entire collection will be available on-site at the U.S. Open Ralph Lauren Shop for the duration of the tournament, as well as select Ralph Lauren and department stores and online at RalphLauren.com. As you would imagine, the pieces are not inexpensive. But what would you expect given the label and an audience willing to spend $20 on a (admittedly delicious) fish sandwich.
|US Open Ball Boy Polo Shirt ($125)||US Open Full-Zip Mockneck ($185)|
|Women's US Open Polo Shirts ($98)||Women's US Open Challenger Dress ($198)|