French Open fashion hits

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Clean lines, bold colors and a good fit. That’s what French fashion is all about and that’s how things should translate on court at the French Open. Here are the players who have done it right this year. (Click here for my fashion misses.)


Serena Williams (Nike): Serena is the winner in the fashion sweepstakes this year. Her slate-blue V-neck dress fits perfectly and the bright orange accents make the whole thing pop. High marks for Nike, which did the WTA No. 1 right here. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic (Uniqlo): It’s minty and it contrasts well against the red clay. Another win for Uniqlo. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Feliciano Lopez (Wilson Tennis): The orange-and-gray Wilson kit has been all over the grounds. Though I normally don’t like the orange-on-red-clay look, the combination has looked great on everyone from Lopez to Philipp Kohlschreiber. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Simona Halep (Lacoste): Classic French styling from Lacoste. No surprise that it fits in so well here. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Adidas): He’s the French No. 1 and the top-ranked Adidas guy after Andy Murray withdrew, so the company has given him this signature kit, in slate blue with bright-yellow accents. (Icon SMI)


Maria Sharapova (Nike): Simple and no-nonsense, Sharapova’s purple-and-violet slip dress with “volt” accents almost looks like lingerie. I’m guessing that was intentional. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Kei Nishikori (Uniqlo): Uniqlo’s blue, white and red color-block kit might just be an homage to the French flag, but it also makes Nishikori look like the Prince of Tennis, a famous Japanese anime character. For that alone, I love it.  (Petr David Josek/AP)


Ana Ivanovic (Adidas): The perfect dress for the French Open. Navy blue, cute fringe at the bottom and it photographs well when she moves. My only quibble: Much like Tsonga’s outfit, player kits shouldn’t be branded with the tournament logo (Adidas is a tournament sponsor). It makes it look like the players are wearing generic clothes they bought from the souvenir shop. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


David Goffin (Lacoste): Love this color-block kit from Lacoste, even if it makes Goffin look like he has Fernando Verdasco’s chest here. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Milos Raonic (New Balance): If you do yellow and black, you have to work to make sure you haven’t turned your charge int a bumblebee. New Balance does well to use the neon yellow and make the whole thing look futuristic. Also, it finally found shorts that are the proper length on Raonic, so that’s a win in and of itself. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)


Caroline Wozniacki (Adidas): It’s rare when I’ve thought that Stella McCartney has designed a dress that’s flattering on Wozniacki. But setting aside the fact that the UCLA colors make it look like Wozniacki is competing at the NCAA championships, this is a nice, fresh, young look for the Dane. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Kimiko Date-Krumm (Adidas): Look, if you looked that good at 42, you could pull off a burlap sack. Date-Krumm looks amazing. (Icon SMI)


Jelena Jankovic (Fila): Something tells me her actual dress would probably land on the “Miss” list, but Jankovic was the only woman in the first round to do the cold-weather bundling right. Navy blue through and through with hot-pink accents? Tres bien. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)


Ryan Harrison (Nike): A controversial opinion, I know, but I’m a fan of Harrison’s board shorts. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)


French Open officials (Lacoste): Through the first three days, I’ve been wanting to buy that red Lacoste umpire’s jacket. That’s good marketing. (Christophe Karaba/EPA)

  • Published On May 28, 2013

    I love Serena, and I desperately want her to win, but her clothes often don't work for her. That dress is too short, and her shorts/pants are ... idk, not flattering. She does look very toned, though, at one point I thought she was getting fat. Not no more.

    Maria and Ana make everything look good, because they're very pretty. Not very good players, but very pretty, still. 


    I could not disagree with you more about Serena's kit.  Putting aside the Chicago Bear colors, the dress is just too short.

    And I could get with Sharapova's if they hadn't thrown on those yellow straps that go with neither the purple nor the violet.  Plus the violet has a tendency to look grey on tv.


    Nobody commented because your comment system was down the whole day when this article was first posted.

    I agree with all your reviews.   Except Nishikori looks a bit 80's to me.