2014 French Open Fashion Hits
Fashion is one of Paris' many calling cards, and thus a lot of look is on display each year at the Grand Slam event played out at Roland Garros. The pros often up the ante there among all major events. (Admit it: You miss Venus Williams's "let's give 'em something to talk about" nude undershorts paired with red-and-black can-can dress.) Wimbledon's mainly-white policy restricts players' creativity a bit while, in Melbourne, the pros just want to avoid dripping troughs of sweat everywhere. Only at the U.S. Open is the sartorial onslaught anything near that at France's Slam tournament.
Style senses have been a bit tempered in Week 1 to date due to cool temperatures, as players cover up to stay warm. That said, here are the the Spin's French Open fashion hits. (The misses will follow, of course.) Feel free to talk favorites and omissions with me in the comment threads below.
I'll go on record saying it: Agnieszka Radwanska's floral-print Lotto dress is fun, and it's being talked about—thus, it's a win. Venus Williams sort of pioneered this sudden flower bloom on court, wearing it last year, and Radwanska here serves homage to that with a palette pleasing to the clay-court backdrop.
Likewise, Tomas Berdych is victorious in taking a chance with H&M and making it work. I've long said one can wear anything with confidence, and the navy-and-white combo that he has going on (all the way down to his racquet) stands out well against the red clay, and his classic tube socks are a nice touch. Call it dad-chic if you must, but it's still chic. Floral compression shorts for the win!
Serena Williams' yellow-and-gray Nike dress looked lovely on her skin tone, but it was, of course, here and gone, extinguished in round two. That can't detract from the fact that it's another flattering cut in a long line of Williams style statements.
Grigor Dimitrov's horizontal stripes from Nike aren't as inviting as in previous tees, but the colors are set off well by the clay court, something a few pros' sponsors obviously had in mind, as they should.
Maria Sharapova's form-fitting pale pink attire with orange accent flatters her silhouette while staying sensible as to the weather. She's not one to entirely forsake fashion; neither is Nike. (We're looking at you, Anna Schmiedlova.)
Her style bridled by the cool weather, Venus Williams didn't quite get to rock the look she wanted, nor the tennis for that matter. That said, the coloration of her skirt under a long white T-shirt from EleVen by Venus is enough. A second-round loser, she takes the top prize for most interesting hair at this Grand Slam event.
Milos Raonic's penchant for graphic polos with New Balance might have been better served by a different shade, as the red and the orange-leaning clay clash in a not altogether aesthetically pleasing way, but he's credited for the shirt design, which he might consider humbly retiring after this major.
Roger Federer's ruddy hints from Nike work better than does Raonic's all-red shirt, and he shows once again that, like oil and water, gray separates from and plays perfectly off the dirt in Paris, leaving the Swiss Maestro to stroke shots all around his canvas.
The bright blue-and-white attire on Novak Djokovic is a Uniqlo sensation, the Spin's second favorite look among the ATP crowd after that on Robredo. The colors compliment Djokovic's tan and pop against the clay.
No one could get away with most of Gael Monfils' court clothes, and many would appear fools to try his latest from Asics. But the white with bright stripes pairs well his personality and, as with most everything in his life, he rocks it.
Bringing up the rear, Rafael Nadal looks winsome in a blue Nike top similar to that on Djokovic, but streaking that color across his shoes and pairing that tone with gray shorts (the same shade as Federer's shirt) gives him a look that's equal parts elegant and muscular.
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