Photos: French Open fashion hits and misses
The stars and also-ran pros of the ATP and WTA tours are in Paris, the fashion capital of the world, over these two weeks, all gunning for titles at Roland Garros. Here's a rundown (in a couple cases, a takedown) of the sartorial wonders and blunders that the players are exhibiting on the red clay. What's your favorite look? Sound off below.
1. Maria Sharapova leads the pack, as she is prone to do, with a fluorescent-canary-strapped purple number. Not her best ever, but still miles ahead of most of the competition, as with her tennis itself.
2. Kristina Mladenovic looks elegant and girlish (in the best way) with her dress's soft coloration. She appears to be a model wielding a tennis axe.
3. Bernard Tomic sported a Matrix-esque emerald grid on his performance T-shirt before retiring in the third set of his first-round match.
4. Sloane Stephens' bright blue-and-yellow attire pops against the sedated red clay both live and on TV. The sunny nature of the colors also does well to contrast her beleaguered controversies of late (in a word, Serena).
5. Speaking of Serena Williams, the world No. 1's wrap dress is a smart gray-and-orange marriage that complements her figure, though not nearly as much as did her 2011 U.S. Open dress (in royal blue and red then), maybe her best dress ever.
6. Another No. 1 star, the ATP's Novak Djokovic, dons a crisp aqua/mint polo that is set off quite well by the surface. Expect to see a lot of this shirt over the next two weeks.
7. Lesia Tsurenko is preppy-stylish in her gray-meets-navy horizontal stripes. A lot of players have put on layers in these cold, early days at Roland Garros.
8. Benoit Paire struggles to ever look bad (when he's not struggling against the game's top-tier guns). Black actually looks great on red clay (when does it not?), and he wins out again with a snappy two-toned polo.
9. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez didn't stick around long, getting straight-setted by Jack Sock, but his asymmetrical polo sure was fun to look at while it lasted.
1. Gael Monfils' getup in his first match was the polar opposite of his tennis. He beat Tomas Berdych (more on him later) in five thrilling sets. Meanwhile, his outfit was an unmitigated disaster of patterns and colors. The tank laid overtop a compression shirt might have passed with its blue and yellow horizontal stripes if not for the red and black companion piece. Memo to sponsors and players both: If you're going to wear layers, plan for it. Weather gets cold or warm, sometimes mid-match. A little foresight goes a long way when you reside near the apex of the sport. Make those endorsements count beyond mere dollar signs. "Nul points," said Reuters—and the Spin agrees.
2. Let's be clear: Rafael Nadal hardly looks bad. If this were a mindless pop-song performance, I'd say he phoned it in with this look. He's just set such a high bar for his style, more and more refined with age, that it's difficult to see this and not yawn.
3. Venus Williams bowed out in round 1 to Urszula Radwanska. It's hard and sad to say this, but anymore her on-court designs just serve to distract from her not-so-subtly regressing results.
4. Vasek Pospisil appeared a bee-list celebrity with his black and yellow brightness. This outfit was buzzworthy if only that it looked that he was ready for a rave at a club called The Hive. He should nix this shirt.
5. It's been so disappointing since the H&M deal was announced that Tomas Berdych hasn't been put in something more eye-popping than black and white solids. His off-court style hypes it up at times; it seems he should garner more input with his match appearance, at least moving forward when he sticks around longer than five long sets.
Again, your turn: Who's a winner with on-court fashion at this Grand Slam event, and who turns out an unforced error?
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