Ana Ivanovic inspired a cross-dressing trek around the Arc de Triomphe after capturing the 2008 French Open title. Her coach at the time, Sven Groeneveld, and hitting partner Mats Merkel both donned the cherry-colored adidas dress Ivanovic wore on court in taking a victory lap around the famed monument and settling a bet they made before the fortnight.
The adidas dress Ivanovic will wear in Paris this month may not create similar cross-over appeal, but it does represent a return to red for the 22nd-ranked Serbian.
Yesterday, we provided a sneak peek of the clothes Nike has in store for its stars in Paris. Today, we preview the adidas apparel and shoes several top players will wear (available on www.shopadidas.com) when the French Open begins on May 22.
Ivanovic wore purple on the blue hard courts of the Australian Open in January, and will present a color-coordinated front at Roland Garros as she dons a red adiZero dress (MSRP: $70) and matching white and red adiZero Feather shoes (MSRP: $120) for the red clay courts.
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who wears the adidas by Stella McCartney line, will sport the Stella tank dress with blue ruffles (MSRP: $120) over an infrared tank (MSRP: $75), presenting a contrasting pop of color. The 100 percent polyester dress incorporates adidas' ClimaLite technology, designed to wick sweat off the skin and onto the surface of the garment for evaporation.
For dress-down days, Wozniacki has the pleated blue Stella tennis skirt (MSRP: $85) and Performance Tank (MSRP: $75) topped off by the Performance Short Sleeve Blue Jacket (MSRP: $175), which features double zippers.
A French final four appearance has eluded Andy Murray so far, but the two-time Australian Open finalist will be dressed for dirty work with the blue Barricade Traditional Polo (MSRP: $60). It features adidas’ three white stripes emblazoned vertically on the sleeves and a pop of green on the button placket.
The polo is constructed with adidas’ ClimaCool ventilation, designed to keep players dry. Murary completes his on-court look with the Barricade shorts (MSRP: $45) and Barricade 6.0 clay-cour shoes (MSRP: $125).
For a picture of Murray's outfit, click here.
French hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues adidas' trend of going green in wearing a green, gray and white adiAce Traditional Polo (MSRP: $40) matched with the lead gray and "intense green" colored adiAce Bermuda short ($45).
The man from Le Mans also pays tribute to the tournament with the Roland Garros graphic emblazoned in white, above the left hem of the shorts, contrasting with the adidas brand logo near the right seam.
Keeping on the homage there, the flashy Frenchman will play with a customized version of the Babolat AeroPro Drive, which commemorates the French brand's partnership with Roland Garros in a new 'crushed red brick' color cosmetic. The 100-square inch head frame carries an MSRP of $199.
Recent results have been bleak for Fernando Verdasco, but he will make a multi-colored statement in the City of Light. Verdasco will be outfitted in an orange adiZero Tee (MSRP: $55) with a splash of black and green.
In addition to the vibrant burst of color on the front, the brand's iconic stripes are angled across the sleeves, rather than placed vertically. A narrow band of black borders the bottom of the sleeve, matching the black-banded neck.
Verdasco will wear the black AdiZero Bermuda shorts (MSRP: $45) and black adiZero Feather shoes (MSRP: $120), which weigh about 14.7 oz.