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2016 Australian Open Fashion Aces

Monday, January 25, 2016 /by

The future is bright as the season's first Slam commences. In many cases, the same is true of on-court styles under the Melbourne sun. Yellows, oranges, and more have come out to play at the 2016 Australian Open. Here is the Spin's annual testament to Oz fashions well worth sporting. (For our round-up of this AO's style misses, click here.)

No one wore Adidas' perfect two-piece outfit nearly as well as the sensational Naomi Osaka and stalwart Angelique Kerber. It's fresh to death, as the kids said two years ago. So go on, girls, go 'head, get down.

Defying expectations, Grigor Dimitrov actually inhabited his Nike tank top with more confidence than Nick Kyrgios managed. The full-tee version comes off better, but props to Nicole Scherzinger's current beau for giving it a go.

New Balance has added some sartorial flair to Milos Raonic's personality, fitting him in fresh color combinations to comprise a singular look—down to the bandana, shoes, and the most talked-about sleeve in tennis. Already with a Federer scalp in Brisbane this season and on fire in Melbourne Park, he's got the game to match.

Tomas Berdych left his chatter-inducing H&M wardrobe in the rear-view mirror for Adidas in the offseason, and his first shirt with a new sponsor is a multi-hued win.

Samantha Stosur and Asics have long paired up for stylish dresses, and this Aussie Open's fuschia-and-purple wonder was another winner. Pity she didn't stick around longer.

Lacoste made Benoit Paire stand out in black, a brilliant move in a sea of competitors donning shiny fabrics. His next smart step (literally)? Putting on kicks in two different colors. And then—poof!—he was gone.

Karolina Pliskova rocked not just bad-ass tattoos but also Fila's fresh, surprising pattern in dominant black with accent. She looks like a rave, and the look earns one.

When a man's playing his last tournament after 20 years on tour, he can wear anything he so pleases. In Athletic DNA, Lleyton Hewitt proudly donned the Australian flag. He also delivered the last few takes on his patented "cobra" fist pump. Now that's going out in style.

As is his wont, Roger Federer arrived in Melbourne as the poster man for effortless cool in Nike white and green. That's a collar to holler at, and the horizontal stripes stacked in descending order subtly serve to broaden his chest. Says here he's best dressed among ATP players this time out.

Though her shorts look a bit odd when she places a ball in its holster on serve, Victoria Azarenka is a portrait of gorgeous green set against the Aussie's blue courts. Well played, Vika. Copy that, Nike.

Ana Ivanovic and Kristina Mladenovic appeared statuesque in their shared Adidas dress, classy yet funky with rectangular blocks of reds, grays, and even pale pink. 

Petra Kvitova and Shuai Zhang won out among those wearing Nike's red-striped tank with white skirt. It was also worn by Madison Keys, Sabine Lisicki, and others. The top's throwback vibe and modern cut make it so ready to wear among club players the world over. This is accessible fashion done right.

All hail the Sergio Tacchini gang: Barbara Strycova, Alexandra Dulgheru, Gilles Muller, and Tommy Robredo. Says here Dulgheru wears the yellow frock best, while Robredo continues his classic, all-but-seamless style. And kudos to Muller for his immaculate portrayal of a Royal Tenenbaums character

Uniqlo has been inserting Novak Djokovic (and Kei Nishikori, a yawner style-wise this time out) in some trend-dodging, straight-laced attire for the most part. He makes the cut here because of those eye-catching shoes. Djokovic made 100 unforced (on paper) errors in a five-set win over Gilles Simon. This is not one of them.

Clean lines and tasteful yellow become the Bull from Majorca. Rafael Nadal was on brand, that of Nike and his own, but didn't stay long, succumbing to Fernando Verdasco in the first round.

Speaking of Verdasco, he teetered on the fashion edge with his gradiant-orange shirt. Ultimately, it's his tan that makes it work alongside Adidas' gray shorts. Too bad he fell to the curse of beating Rafa, losing but one match later.

Maria Sharapova looks just peachy in a Nike dress that almost looks off-the-rack wearable away from the courts on a summer day. Props to the pleats of the skirting. All hail the Spin's best dressed among WTA pros.

Now about that shade: Tonic, her own brand, has Martina Hingis herself in peach and blue shades. It's a tidy, breathable kit.

Gael Monfils, in Asics, does what only he can. Namely, he pulls off this war-of-patterns and makes peace with it.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shared colors with Berdych but brought them on court in different, likewise-winsome ways. Plus, after a ballgirl was hit in the nose by one of those fuzzy yellow orbs, he came to her aid. A good samaritan is always in style.

Agnieszka Radwanska brings Lotto's pops of pink to life, surviving a three-set fourth-round match to work her magic yet again.

Dominika Cibulkova's Lacoste dresses always complement her intensely sunny aura. Half of style is how one wears a piece, and her model-of-comfort swagger always says, Pome! 

YOUR TURN: Who are your own best dressed Down Under? Drop a fashion line in the comments.

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