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Ahead of the Australian Open, here's a roundup of some of the looks we can expect to see Down Under—and the outfits that are already catching our eye.
Published Jan 12, 2022
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With the Australian Open main draw just days away, tennis fans are peeling their eyes away from Novak Djokovic’s ongoing visa drama and turning their attention to another type of Melbourne court.
Just in time for the year’s first Grand Slam, tennis apparel outfitters have started to unveil what their players will be wearing in Melbourne. From the traditional big names to the newer players in the tennis space, here’s a roundup of some of the looks we can expect to see Down Under.
Adidas unveiled their 2022 Melbourne Collection in unforgettable fashion, hosting a pop-up event in the waters off the coast of Australia — featuring a full-size tennis court floating directly atop the Great Barrier Reef. That reef system is the inspiration for the brand’s commitment to ending plastic waste, and as such all the tees, tanks, shorts and skirts in the line are made from recycled ocean plastics.
While Garbine Muguruza is pictured above in a blue and orange dress featuring an asymmetrical hemline and a racerback, the pieces are also available in a swirl of red and blue, and beige and pink. Keeping in line with the blurry effects of the collection, the men’s line also includes a set of polos and crews in the signature Melbourne print, as well as a set of thinly-striped shirts in pink, white or gray.
Naomi Osaka just dropped her latest Nike capsule collection, featuring a fusion of sportswear and streetwear and lots of her signature camo print. The 24-year-old created, styled and photographed the collection herself, and she’s hoping there’s “something for everyone” by making gender-neutral and versatility the focus.
On the court, it’s still a wait-and-see game for the rest of Nike’s Aussie Open offerings, as most of their representatives are still sporting standard NikeCourt Dri-FIT gear in tune-up events.
The WTA’s World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will hit the courts at her home Slam debuting Fila’s Foul Line collection, pictured above. The dress is available in classic white and navy with print taping.
Other Fila athletes like Shelby Rogers will wear the Baseline collection, with a sunny color palette in hot coral, festive fuchsia and white. The men’s Baseline collection, worn by the likes of Reilly Opelka and Diego Schwartzman, features a blue coral, green ash, and classic white colorway.
After eagle-eyed tennis fans spotted a subtle new logo on Leylah Fernandez’s Adelaide kits, the news is now official: the Canadian sportswear giant Lululemon recently announced the rising 19-year-old as their new global ambassador—signalling their latest big push into tennis.
While Lululemon’s long-awaited tennis-specific capsule collection is set to launch this spring, their promotional materials give a sneak peak at what Fernandez might be wearing on the courts. Fernandez is still wearing ASICS footwear, but she will eventually transition to head-to-toe Lululemon later this year when the brand launches into footwear.
Elsewhere in Australia, players have already been hitting the court and making a splash with lively new patterns, prints and styles.
Coco Gauff recently launched a new training shoe with New Balance—one that she helped design—and she’s continued to show off her colorful personality as she sported a rainbow gradient tank with a white skirt. Fellow New Balance representative Misaki Doi also wore the look. It’s unclear if we’ll keep seeing this in Melbourne, but it’s been a vibrant delight in Adelaide.
Another eye-catching look seen in Australia, Tereza Martincova’s tattooed arm sleeve perfectly complements her sky blue, yellow and navy dress by Mizuno.
The 2022 Australian Open draw will take place on January 13 at 3 p.m. local time in Melbourne, with tournament action kicking off on January 17.