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London Style, Part II: On-Court Fashion at Wimbledon

Thursday, June 27, 2013 /by
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We showed you the Pre-Wimbledon Party looks of the WTA's elegant stars, and now the action has moved onto the grass at the All England Club. Without further ado, here's a sendup and a rundown of the best and worst sartorial appearances at SW19:

HITS

Leave it to Serena Williams to lead the fray here, too, with great though subtle details on her Nike dress.

A smart silhouette and strategic black details give defending women's finalist Agnieszka Radwanska a leg up style-wise on her competitors. She's wearing Lotto.

Roger Federer never fails to perform as the portrait of handsome class in his Nike threads.

Lacoste outfits Dominika Cibulkova in a fashionable but breathable little number that complements her figure and looks ultra-comfortable.

Uniqlo puts Novak Djokovic in classic polos that he buttons up to the max. While we'd like to see the ATP World Tour's top gun in something more personality laden, this is truly the look of a perennial champion. The Djoker isn't short on Grand Slam victories in recent years. We will let him have it.

Though cool weather kept her from pulling off a long-sleeve T-shirt in round 1, Maria Sharapova's skirt leaves nothing to be desired—nothing, anyway, but the rest of her eagerly expected dress. To the shock of no one, she is on point here.

Samantha Stosur sports Asics, a sponsor that has always listened to her feedback on the attire it would offer and again gives her a flattering frock, one with a clean, crisp cut that makes her muscular physique stand out wonderfully.

As with Djokovic, Uniqlo does Kei Nishikori right, putting him in age-appropriate looks that are fun yet wearable. His shirt-shorts-bandana ensemble is being mimicked by weekend hackers the world over.

MISSES

Rafael Nadal's first-round tennis was about as flat as his appearance. This was a dud. So was his showing at SW19 this season. Nike can do better—and Rafa can play much better.

H&M continues to blow it with Tomas Berdych, leaving the Czech in bland whites just as it had him in equally yawn-inducing black and white since he signed on with the brand. It's time for this partnership to put up fashion-wise as the affordable fashion house does for its leisure side.

Stella McCartney designs Caroline Wozniacki's match looks, and has for a few years now. What remains is that the style legend doesn't do so well by the merger. Again we're left wanting more—for our eyes and for Wozniacki herself.

Also in adidas, Ana Ivanovic doesn't fare much better. Sad to see a tennis dress, and on this lithe star, catalyzing little more than a sigh.

Tommy Haas, at 35, remains handsome enough to launch a thousand ships. (Or something.) Even so, his Nike look leaves his natural attractiveness in the dust—the dust that sets in on the Centre Court baseline grass in the second week of a Wimbledon fortnight. Says here he makes it to that week 2. Says here also that he won't fare better in the sartorial sense.

YOUR TURN: Whose on-court fashion is a winner in your eyes at Wimbledon this year, and what style is a relative shank?

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