It's a different year for tennis fashion in Flushing. Style stalwarts such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did not make the trek, nor did six of the top 10 WTA stars. They all had their reasons—knee-surgery rehab (Fed), COVID-19 considerations (quite a few), and prep for the delayed-from-May clay-court season (Simona Halep, Nadal and more).
In their absences, not just the pathways toward the titles opened up, but so, too, did the opportunity to make a sartorial statement. They'll happily vie for the former, and if the latter happens in the making, so be it. As to the wardrobe winners, let's get to it:
Best Mask: Style Speaks to the Moment
At the outset, considerations of the moments of social solidarity that athletes and other public figures are stringing together in these days. Naomi Osaka stood out for stark stances on the subject of the Black Lives Matter movement. She came to Queens with seven names on seven masks, for seven matches she aims to play. Whoever one's favorite pro is, you may find yourself glad for her to make the final.