2014 U.S. Open Fashion Aces
It's been a long Grand Slam season, and no one knows that better than the WTA tour's No. 1, to be sure. Of course, in speaking of Serena Williams, the conversation often turns to what sartorial wonder (or blunder) she is trotting out next. The same holds true for a number of the game's top-tier stars.
Without further ado, here are my favorite on-court fashions at this year's Grand Slam finale. (My least favorites can be seen here.) Yes, style is subjective, but it's good to have standards.
Grigor Dimitrov rocks Nike blues and large polka dots. It all works. And interesting enough, it's not what he planned to wear in New York, which I also quite liked, with just a pop of inside-collar pink.
It's been a rough year for two-time U.S. Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, and I didn't relish this look on the hard courts leading up to New York, but these new Nike hues look good on her bronze skin. The blue court may swallow up her style a bit, but we'll take it over the blue/black clothes and pink shoes look so many are sporting.
Caroline Wozniacki looks great in one of her two USO dresses from adidas, though the side-flap seems like a needless detail, extra fabric. The colors keep this interesting.
Want to be cheered for no matter where you play? Wear the colors of that major event's national flag. Showing off the United States' stars and stripes, Italy's Simone Bolelli continues his pattern of wearing Hydrogen shirts representing the country where he's playing. And he wears it well.
New husband Novak Djokovic appears striking in red and black by night as he lacerates a backhand around the court on behalf of Uniqlo.
Ditto for Kei Nishikori, on whom Uniqlo's red polo with horizontal stripes and black shorts look quite flattering.
Serena Williams' night-match dress tops her all-pink daylight number. The cheetah print by Nike is a little quieter (thank Jehovah) and works well with pops of pink in places. The Spin might swap out the shoes, but this seems a BCBG-inspired style almost, something Debbie Harry would've rocked in decades of yore.
Lucia Safarova and more are wearing the same outfit, but Sabine Lisicki truly owned this blue number from Nike, loud skirt print and all.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni proves that purple is an underutilized color, wearing Nike shades of it and wowing the Queens crowd by defeating No. 2 seed Simona Halep to make her first fourth-round at a Slam since she went to the Wimbledon semifinals in 1999. (She also delivered one of the most honest, lovely press conferences I've ever seen after the match, overjoyed at this success after a series of hardships—paternal abuse, fleeing her home—to date.)
On a similar note, Samantha Stosur's purple-and-white Asics look was splendid. And then it was gone, with the 2011 USO champ bundled out of this event by Kaia Kanepi.
In New Balance, Milos Raonic keeps it offbeat with a florescent yellow, shirt, matching shoes, and an orange-and-black print. He has fun with it, more than most are at this Big Apple bonanza, where fashion should be loud and proud. (Now about that hair, no follicle out of place: So much product lies therein that touching it might break it.)
Simona Halep softened her Adidas pink with a companion-colored skirt that made it not too much in the end. (And there was the aforementioned "end" for her.)
H&M puts Tomas Berdych in a flattering orange-gray-white kit that does a body good. His look is fresh and classic at the same time, horizontal lines to boot.
Maria Sharapova's daytime dress by Nike echoes a couple of Berdych's colors and intrigues with shades of gray set against the orange.
At first the Nike polo worn best by Nick Kyrgios seemed a joke, a borderline hot-magenta–meets-blue top with a comp-book pattern across the shoulders. It grew on me, though, a seeming classic look with just the right dose of '90s Andre Agassi flair.
Let's hand it to Sam Querrey. Fila outfits him in classically handsome apparel in green and white with blue trim that comes off quite well.
Angelique Kerber and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova wore the same adidas dress, with delightful fuschia-and-maroon colorways. Neither remains alive in the draw, however.
Roger Federer's own day-match look says it actually is easy being green. The man does few things wrong, and this from Nike is not one of them.
Now about Fed's swoosh-tastic shoes, inspired by one of Michael Jordan's many footwear styles, the trademark elephant print in gray is a great detail. The homage to one of the all-time stars of sport is something few would want (or be allowed) to do, and it's as well executed as the Swiss Master's serve.
Last but not least, Stan Wawrinka's Yonex outfitting makes for eye-catching night-session garb. The pops of yellow on the shoes make him land with an exclamation point each time.
Who do you think has played the fashion game with the most consistency in 2014?
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