It’s Roland Garros fashion time! Overview of WTA styles that rocked the Paris tennis clothing scene

On Tuesday I picked my top Roland Garros 2015 styles for the official WTA website and now I’ll make a comprehensive fashion overview here, as Grand Slam fashion collages have been a tradition on Women’s Tennis Blog for five years. The tennis clothing market has become richer than ever, as many smaller brands are making their presence known, having partnered with rising stars or lower ranked players.  

Agnieszka Radwanska - French Open 2015 403Venus Williams - French Open 2015

We were worried that Agnieszka Radwanska’s disco ball dress by Lotto would reflect the sun and distract opponents, but nothing could stop German world No.83 Annika Beck to eliminate the Pole in the first round already. This was Aga’s first round-one exit at a Grand Slam since early 2009. Shoes: Lotto Raptor EVO.

Venus Williams‘ loss to Sloane Stephens was another early upset and fortunately the American has been handling her brand’s promotions well, so even though she fell in the first round, we can’t forget her EleVen Fleur De Monde Dress with cute criss-cross straps on upper back, nicely paired with the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour shoes.

Carla Suarez Navarro - French Open 2015

As for Lotto’s representative Carla Suarez Navarro, people were not really eagerly waiting to see how the shiny outfit would look on her, and luckily, the Spaniard opted out of the disco ball and chose the perfectly suitable grey tank and skort from the Lotto Keylee Line. One of the biggest surprises of the tournament, Andreea Mitu, was also clad in this collection.

Sharapova's French Open 2015 kit

The fashion winner from the Nike club is definitely Maria Sharapova, with her Nike Summer Maria Paris Tunic whose stripes draw inspiration from French region Brittany. Although the Russian had the long-sleeve top on during her entire Roland Garros campaign, we know that below she had the cute T-back design and mesh waistband as a nice accent.

The Nike Court Zoom Vapor 9 Tour x Colette shoes have a whole range of honors for Sharapova: five symbols on the midsole for her five Grand Slam titles, her logo on the back tab of the left shoe, as well as an inspirational quote on the sock-liner.

Lucie Safarova - French Open 2015 Serena Williams - French Open 2015

Lucie Safarova has made the semifinals in the Nike Summer Advantage Cool Tank, that also exists in the reverse color combination, and the Nike Summer Victory Skirt in fuchsia glow. while her shoes are the same as Venus’, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour that deliver a quick, responsive ride. As for world number one Serena Williams, there has been a major lapse by Nike this time, as the tennis legend’s Roland Garros dress hasn’t been promoted at all and is not even available at retail. As for the design itself, the cut is similar to her famous Australian Open dress, while the print very much reminds me of her 2014 US Open dress.

Kaia Kanepi - French Open 2015

World No.50 Kaia Kanepi was playing her first tournament since officially announcing a clothing deal with young women’s activewear Sofibella, but the draw was not kind to her and she fell in her first match to defending champion Maria Sharapova. Besides the Sofibella Balance Racer Tank and the Sofibella Balance Sanaz 13″ Skirt, the famous Estonian was also wearing McDavid compression socks, due to the Achilles and calf injuries of the past.

Wozniacki, Muguruza, Pennetta - French Open 2015

Stella McCartney clad her athletes in color-block outfits combining amber yellow and neutral tones and featuring embroidered and printed floral design on skirts. I presented this collection in detail last month and while I wasn’t really impressed then, now I can say that the style looks good on players in action and it’s actually interesting that no other brand opted for shiny yellow for the red clay of Roland Garros.

Caroline Wozniacki was enjoying the vibrant feel of her Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Barricade Dress, Garbine Muguruza and Flavia Pennetta traditionally wore a tank and skort combo, this time the Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Barricade Tank and the white version of the Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Barricade Skirt.

Christina McHale, Alize Cornet - French Open 2015 - Lacoste

Lacoste‘s club has a new member in Christina McHale and the American, just as the brand’s current WTA leader Alize Cornet, wore the laser blue outfit consisting of the Lacoste Spring Spring Tank with contrast zipper and keyhole cutout at center back that is a must in women’s tennis fashion nowadays and the Lacoste Spring Pleated Skirt whose style is reminiscent of traditional fashion, yet it looks absolutely trendy.

Belinda Bencic - French Open 2015 - Yonex Sloane Stephens - Under Armour - French Open 2015

Yonex girl Belinda Bencic always looks great in very simple separates, while Under Armour‘s Sloane Stephens also never disappoints with her sporty looks and nicely-coordinated fresh colors.

Heather Watson - French Open 2015 - New Balance

Brit Heather Watson decided not to pair her New Balance Spring Challenger Print Tank with the light blue skirt that completes the outfit, but rather opted for some contrast offered by the anthracite New Balance Spring Tournament Skirt. Considering that Watson was wearing the New Balance Minimus WC 60 B Seaspray shoes, it’s even better that she left out the blue skirt, as it would have blended too much.

Jelena Jankovic - Fila - French Open 2015Svetlana Kuznetsova - Qiaodan - French Open 2015

Prior to Roland Garros, I had been in direct touch with Fila and they sent me promotional images of the Goddess collection including Jelena Jankovic wearing the sunny lime strappy tank and zip slip skirt, but in the end it turned out that during her brief French Open appearance JJ traditionally wore a dress, the Fila Spring Goddess Dress that is actually available at retail only in white and black. Julia Goerges wore the Fila Spring Goddess Hankerchief Skirt and the long-sleeve top, as well as the Fila Spring Goddess Wrap Tank.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is the sole WTA representative of Qiaodan and I laughed when I saw the Russian’s share of the photo of her look on Twitter with the caption “hustler”.

Alize Lim - Le Coq Sportif - French Open 2015Alize Lim jumpsuit - back - French Open 2015

Alize Lim is so cute and I advise all you fashion lovers out there to keep an eye on this young gun. The French rising star has a clothing deal with Le Coq Sportif and at the 2015 French Open she stood out with this bold jumpsuit. He who dares wins and Alize recorded a fashion victory this time.

Elina Svitolina - Ellesse - French Open 2015

Elina Svitolina and Monica Puig are leading the Ellesse reinvention phase and, just as Lacoste, they brought a traditional feel with a contemporary twist. Such a combo can’t go wrong!

Ana Ivanovic - French Open 2015

Ana Ivanovic, Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic had the privilege of wearing the cool black Y-3 designs made in collaboration of Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto. The dark color was freshened up by a unique floral print, hand-painted in Japan specifically for this occasion. Exotic! My favorite item from the Adidas Roland Garros Y-3 collection are these Adidas Adizero Y-3 Tempaia III shoes, which feature Adidas’ recognizable three stripes, the wonderful floral print and the “Y” texture in the upper part.

Do you like my fashion overview? Even though it’s lengthy, still I left out some brands, like Asics worn by Samantha Stosur, Srixon worn by Zarina Diyas, Tonic worn by Bojana Jovanovski, Mona Barthel’s Denise Cronwall outfit, and many others. It’s close to impossible to feature everything, but this collage is certainly the most in-depth you can find. Who was best dressed WTA star in your opinion? Tell me in the comments!

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(photos via Getty Images by Julian Finney, Clive Brunskill, Clive Mason, Lucie)

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19 thoughts on “It’s Roland Garros fashion time! Overview of WTA styles that rocked the Paris tennis clothing scene

  1. sabey

    Nice review Marija! I wasn’t crazy about any of these but really liked Anna’s understated and stylish dress. The shorties she wore with it were really great. I think Maria’s dress could have been nice but we never saw it on her. Serena’s dress was fine -a mishmash of previous styles but Nike should do better by her.
    I really liked Alize Cornet’s Lacoste kit and thought that Sloane’s dress was one of the best but she could have worn it a size larger!

  2. kueyseyra

    My favourite will always been Adidas Y-3. It just bring a whole new level of tennis fashion. I also like Yonex and Lacoste. Nike is good as usual but nothing special to talk about.

  3. CLT

    I think Maria’s outfit is one of the best ones, stylish and tasteful. I generally like Venus’s stuff and this one is fine but not one of her best – the print is not as interesting as some of the previous ones. Ana’s Adidas gear gets some points for doing something a bit different with the colourful underlay, although I’m not sure how interesting it would look on the court – just another black dress really. Some points to Lacoste, Fila and Alize Lim’s outfit, which are all simple and stylish. Don’t like the Stella Macartney, bad colour, bad embroidery, messy- looking. Nike needs to get over the disco-colour mishmash. And as for the ghastly disco ball, all I can say is thank heavens she lost in the first round!

  4. Dedric

    My favorite outfits or looks combine femininity with athletic. They include Nike, Lacoste, Fila, and Under Armour. I can’t wait to see more of Kaia Kanepi in Sofibella. Best Dressed goes to Serena. I have always thought the Adidas Stella McCartney line looked messy.

  5. Ga

    Great overview Marija! The adidas clothes (y-3. Stella, adizero) were my favorites, along with Sharapova, although I wish we got to see the actual dress on her :/ Next would be the Nike separates, or Alize’s Lacoste. I also like Aga’s dress just for the absurdity of it

  6. Marija Post author

    Sabey, thanks a lot! I think that Y-3 stole the show this time. And about Maria’s dress, I find it a bit strange that she never wanted to take off the long-sleeve top.

    Kueyseyra, I absolutely agree about Y-3. Adidas really pleasently surprised with that cooperation and fashion twist.

    CLT, my absolutely favorite Venus’ print is from the previous collection, Ndebele. Loved that one!

    Dedric, why didn’t you include Adidas Adizero in your list? I think they combine femininity and sportiness perfectly.

    Ga, thank you very much! I did my best 🙂 I expected Aga’s “absurd” silver dress to be more of a talk during the tournament, but she lost so early and even though the dress is very controversial, it seems to be forgotten already.

  7. claire

    Well, as I stated before, I really do not like the pink-and-orange Nike outfit, but who cares? She did it, ” Lucie in the sky”, and I will be looking forward to see the finals! Ugly outfit or not, it would be amazing if she could go all the way!

  8. Brenda

    Maria’s dress was by far the best one. I also liked Stella’s collection. I expected much of adidas Roland Garros line, because in the previous photos, with the socks, the entire look looks better than on court. I also loved Lacoste’s outfits.

  9. Emman Damian

    I really like Ana’s adidas Y-3 gear. The overall look is chic and elegant. I like how style meets functionality. It is sporty yet so elegant. Runner up for Stella’s separates kn Garbine. I like it better than Caroline’s yellow dress. Too bad there is less exposure for Alize Lim’s jumpsuit. It’s a big fashion hit for me. Maria’s dress had less exposure too. Ellesse and Lacoste are ok too.

  10. Jim

    I thought the best was the Adidas Y-3 on Ana and the ball kids. Also liked Garbi’s and Flavia’s Stella McCartney. Question, though…why can’t the women wear different colored outfits of the same style dress for the same tournament? Caro could wear the predominant yellow dress one match, and then the predominant white one (like Garbi’s) the next match. Hate to bring up the men again, but love the way Novak mixes and matches his Uniqlo orange, black, and white shirts, withe the black shorts with the orange stripe on the side, and the orange shorts with the black stripe.

  11. claire

    Not easy to choose a favourite this year, they do not look the same on a single photo and on TV or live. I must say, Sharapova’s pleated blue skirt and striped top looked much better on TV than the release photos did, and the combination was better as well. The black Adidas dress that Ivanovic wore was simple but OK but perhaps she should have worn one size bigger, and I was disappointed by the flower print panties when I saw them during the match on TV, it didn’t look good at all. Stella’s collection was better than expected but we did not see it too much either. For Lotto’s disco ball silver line, the early exit was just lucky, I think.

  12. claire

    I forgot – I hink the simple reason for MaSha not taking the long sleeved top off was COLD. The first week of RG was quite cold and she suffered from some kind of virus, and was probably feeling even more cold. Then she lost to Lucie before it got warm.

  13. Marija Post author

    Brenda, thanks for the share! I will certainly write about Caro’s new dress!

    Emman Damian, I’m glad you agree with me on the jumpsuit. Not many people have commented on it and I think it’s very brave of young Alize to work that style.

    Jim, players do alternate, but you’re right, it’s generally not the case. Venus often likes to wear different clothes for every match. And it’s common to see players in different clothes for singles and doubles.

    Claire, yes, it’s always a different story between promotional photos and outfit in action. And like in Stella’s case, it’s good when the outfit in action looks better than in advertising images. As for Masha’s dress, it is bad that we haven’t seen it on her in its entirety yet and we may actually never see it, since her next tournament is Wimbledon and she’ll wear something different.

  14. Marija Post author

    Brian, thank you so much! Wimbledon is approaching fast, so you won’t have to wait long for another review! 😉

    Emman Damian, her cooperation with Le Coq Sportif is really awesome, she’s such a good endorser. She’s done plenty of photoshoots and fittings and is sharing everything on Twitter.

  15. maggie

    Marija, I’m not surprised that Masha didn’t take off her long sleeved top, it was crazy cold all the time that week and she didn’t play long enough to see the hot days 😉 not that there were many of them, it’s back to being relatively cold for the season.
    But I liked Masha’s outfit the best, along with the one Lucie wore.
    Aga? As much as I love her, I’m kinda glad she lost in the first round (I know, I know, horrible of me), so I didn’t have to watch that monstrosity called her dress any longer. I remember that some time ago I was moaning about Lotto being to conservative. This is the perfect example of the proverb “be careful what you wish for, i might come true”…
    Another total miss in my opinion? the Y-3 adidas collection. I know, everyone is going about how it’s elegant and refreshing and so on. But I still stick to my opinion that black is not good for tennis and the floral print, while interesting on photos, was basically invisible in real life, especially on the shoes (and even more so after few moves on clay…). The worst of it? Since adidas is the official partner of RG, all ballkids were wearing this damn outfit. The result? There was one of Ana’s matches when her oponent was wearing some dark navy – almost black – clothes, so Ana in black, her oponent in (almost) black, kids in black… The only thing missing was a coffin and the funeral feel-like would be complete…
    And now I just can’t wait for Wimbledon, a bit of respite from all this craziness 😉

  16. Marija Post author

    Maggie, thank you for your in-depth review, and it definitely has weight since you live in Paris. I knew that Masha was sick and that it was called, but then again, her opponents weren’t wearing long sleeves, so I was having second thoughts. And I appreciate your perspective on the Y-3 collection, but I still like it 🙂

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