Grand Slam fashion overviews are my favorite and there’s no better place for stylish tennis apparel than the US Open, so grab a long coffee or a big healthy snack and enjoy this extensive overview of dresses that (have) adorned the courts in Flushing Meadows.
Nike catered to Serena Williams‘ love of animal prints, matching her fierce on-court personality with the powerful NikeCourt Premier Dress, which is part of the unique Greatness Collection created to celebrate the American’s quest for her first Calendar Slam, one of rare milestone she is yet to achieve. The open back and sexy print ensure that the dress will stay in our memory for the long time to come, while it could have been a size or two larger, as we could’ve seen less of her shorts.
During day matches, Serena sports the peach version of the dress.
Ana Ivanovic got knocked out in the first round, so we didn’t see much of her maroon and solar red handprinted Adidas dress, but it’s not that the new Adidas collection stayed poorly promoted, as Kristina Mladenovic, Simona Halep, and others have worn the Adidas Fall Adizero Tank and the matching skirt available in the two mentioned colors and in yellow.
Shoes that help Adidas-sponsored players make safe quick court movements are these Adizero Ubersonics.
Day 4 said goodbye to Caroline Wozniacki, who fell to Petra Cetkovska in an intense three-setter, while Garbine Muguruza lost on the same day, in what was the longest match in New York since the introduction of the tiebreak almost half a century ago. The Dane and the Spaniard can find a bit of consolation in the fact that they looked stylish in new Stella’s collection, which plays with neutral-toned color-blocks. Wozniacki rocked the Adidas Winter Stella McCartney Dress, while Muguruza looked even better in the Adidas Winter Stella McCartney Tank and its matching skort.
When it comes to footwear, both had these Stella Barricade 2015 Yellow Glow shoes, whose laces glow in the dark.
Petra Kvitova also enjoyed glowing kicks, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour Hot Lava/Gold. The Czech’s outfit consisted of the Nike Fall Slam Printed Breathe Tank, which I reviewed in detail on Eugenie Bouchard prior to the tournament, and the pleated skirt, while Victoria Azarenka paired the same tank with the super cool Nike Fall Court Short, its contrasting volt lining matching her bright shoes. The tank turned its back against Vika and the Belarusian had to wear armands to protect her blisters, while other players didn’t report such problems.
Venus Williams found inspiration in kaleidoscope for her latest print and the V-neck and central white V-shaped block are references to the first letter of her name. Of course, the brand is EleVen and here you have a closer look at the dress.
Fila‘s top two representatives Jelena Jankovic and Julia Goerges both lost in the first round, but to ensure its wider reach the company welcomed a new player to the family, American Jamie Loeb, who publicized the cooperation in her round-one match against Caroline Wozniacki. The Fila US Open items are from the new Platinum collection which combines black, white and teal piranha. JJ eventually chose the blue version of the Fila Fall Platinum Dress, while Goerges paired her Fila Fall Platinum Asymmetrical Tank with the blue asymmetrical skirt, which was a much better combo than the one in her promo pic where the skirt was black.
Agnieszka Radwanska was among many ladies in red, but her Lotto Fall Victoria Dress stood out with its lingerie-inspired lace.
Sloane Stephens lost in round one and while her opponent Coco Vandeweghe ensured that the match would forever remain in history books for its first ever mid-match interview, Sloane showed us how fierce crop tops can look and how well they can be included in a tennis outfit. This Under Armour ensemble gets all the highest marks and I’m sure it will inspire designers to plunge into the world of crop tops.
Heather Watson waved us goodbye already on Day 1, although her New Balance fashion was in full force. Before the tournament I presented you the Brit’s complete apparel, but let me repeat here that her kit included the New Balance Fall Tournament Racer Tank and the New Balance Fall Tournament Skirt, while the New Balance 996v2 shoes nicely complete the look.
Coincidentally, Elina Svitolina‘s blue tank from the new Ellesse collection slightly resembles Watson’s, while Monica Puig showed the navy version of the outfit.
Lacoste promoted its US Open collection with photos of Alize Cornet and Timea Bacsinszky, but both lost already in round one and Dominika Cibulkova, who had to miss a big part of mid-season due to her Achilles injury, turned out to be the most successful representative of the brand with her third-round appearance at the 2015 US Open. The Slovak was wearing the Technical Jersey Lacoste Sport Tank Top Tennis Dress, a classic look with interesting racerback design.
Yonex‘ Belinda Bencic opted for a simple combination of a black tank and pink skirt.
Sofibella has only recently attracted attention to itself, but now we come across the Sofibella designs more and more, to the point that they seem to be everywhere. The company’s most notable success seems to have coincided with the recent rise of tennis moms Kateryna Bondarenko and Tatjana Maria, although many other players are their endorsers, such as Kaia Kanepi and Tamira Paszek.
Svetlana Kuznetsova was among former US Open champions in the draw, but the Russian exited in the first round for the second straight year and her pink Qiaodan tank paired with a military skirt was unfortunately not making things any better.
Mona Barthel is the ambassador of Denise Cronwall activewear and at the US Open the German showcased items from the girly Catalina collection. Alize Lim didn’t manage to qualify for the US Open, but I tend to feature her in my fashion overviews as I like her unique on-court style. The Parisian was wearing Le Coq Sportif jumpsuit.
Samantha Stosur wore the hibiscus red version of the Asics Fall Athlete Dress, while Coco Vandeweghe worked the Asics Fall Athlete Tank and the coordinating dark cobalt skirt. The Asics Gel Solution Speed 2 shoes complete the look.
Now that you have all these tennis clothes in one place in front of you, tell me in the comments below which are your favorites! I’ll go for the Stella McCartney separates, as well as Sloane’s crop top with high-waisted skirt.
FASHION AT PREVIOUS 2015 GRAND SLAMS
- WTA clothing: Australian Open 2015 raises the bar!
- Overview of WTA styles that rocked the 2015 Roland Garros tennis clothing scene
- Wimbledon 2015 ladies’ fashion overview: making the most within the boundaries of the white rule
US OPEN FASHION IN THE PAST YEARS
- 2014: WTA fashion statements in New York – blues, nudes, glamorous blacks, polka dots, animal prints
- 2013 – Part 1: US Open through the fashion lens, best and worst dressed
- 2013 – Part 2: More tennis fashion statements from NYC
- 2012 – Celebration of the color of yellow and legendary Kim Clijsters
- 2011 – Bethanie Mattek Sands brought patriotism, Venus Williams shocked with lace
- 2010 – A little bit of everything
(photos: © Neal Trousdale, USTA/Andrew Ong, Steven Ryan, Garrett Ellwood, Ned Dishman, Getty Images/Alex Goodlett, Elsa, Clive Brunskill, Al Bello, Matthew Stockman, Streeter Lecka)