The elements of the skies have put a damper on play at Roland Garros as second-week play begins in Paris, but the elements of style remain.
Just left Roland Garros and took a stroll in the neighboring gardens pic.twitter.com/LLwh4Df5uy— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) May 30, 2016
Without further pomp, here are the 2016 French Open fashion faults. (You can see the complementary fashion aces here.)
Blink and you miss it. Jelena Jankovic covered up the true nature of her Fila dress designed by Marion Bartoli, as the first few days of Roland Garros play were quite cool as temps were concerned. Meanwhile, as style itself was concerned, the frock looked like a doodled collage meets Clipart, or Lisa Frank creating a PowerPoint slide. In short, it's a lukewarm mess.
Hydrogen's ongoing sponsorship of Simone Bolelli provides fodder aplenty for the Spin's style roundups, and this year's French Open is no different. Pseudo McEnroe says it best below, but yes, the look is decidedly Ed Hardy does Jimmy Buffett.
Who's Simone Bolelli's sponsor by the way it looks like he's sponsored by Hot Topic let's be honest. pic.twitter.com/8IbFJThKp3— Pseudo McEnroe (@McEnroeTweets) May 22, 2016
Andy Murray, a glutton for punishment on court, is a bore for fashion. Black + white + gray = yawn. Come now, Under Armour. Your guy is No. 2 in the world. Then again, he could be in his former clothier and sporting black-and-white drunken-referee stripes.
Ah yes, to the Adidas zebra print, post haste! This Y-3 collection is said to be based on warships' exterior patterns of the 1930 and ‘40s, intended to disguise their exact sizes and locations. If you have to explain the inspiration in so many press releases and blog posts, it's probably not a hit. And yet, in the end, everyone's talking about it. So what, then? Adidas wins? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ana Ivanovic have weighed in with their takes on it, as has New York Times "On the Runway" scribe Vanessa Friedman.
"And it is true, the Paris runways were full of tiger stripes last season,” Friedman wrote. “But this particular translation is so unsubtle as to be silly. The players look like refugees from a 1980s disco party."
To use a Stephen Colbert-ism, that's some harsh "truthiness."
My thoughts on #RG16 so far: I think these players wearing Adidas zebra stripes should also have shoes that look like cloven hooves.— NiGraber (@audiolympics) May 25, 2016
Not sure the zebra thing is a good call for tennis. Zebra = Prey— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) May 24, 2016
When you spot yet another player dressed like a zebra pic.twitter.com/dT4ERBmL4Z— WTA Reactions (@WTAreactions) May 26, 2016
Such a strange decision to think the zebra shirt could be worn for whole event let alone 1 match https://t.co/1aZt1gqbJ3— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) May 26, 2016
The look, seen on Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem, Kristina Mladenovic, Angelique Kerber (fleetingly) and many more, showed its true stripes in a matchup between Thiem and Alexander Zverev. Two words: too much.
In all that zebra-haha, Simona Halep's suspenders look with a ruffle skirt was a particular fashion offender.
Stan Wawrinka, let's leave the fluorescent hues to the "Happy Slam," the Australian Open. If TV broadcaster Ted Robinson is referring to your attire as "highlighter yellow," that qualifies as ad out, Yonex.
Uniqlo needs to do Novak Djokovic a solid. His polo's solid red shade on the terre battue's similarly hued clay surface reminds me of a band name: The Clash. The ATP's runaway No. 1 (still) deserves better.
Your Turn: Whose sartorial disaster is the worst, and whose ironed-out style did I get flat wrong? Is anyone MIA here? Sound off below and tell me on Twitter.
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