Grand Slams are the most exciting tennis tournaments, offering all the best the sport has to offer, including top tennis fashion. Let’s see the styles women’s tennis players have been rocking this fortnight at the Australian Open, as part of my traditional Grand Slam fashion overviews.
Last year in Melbourne, world number one Serena Williams stole the show with her bold yellow tunic highlighted by stunning open back, while this year the American showed up for her title defense in another memorable yellow outfit: the Nike Spring Premier Crop Top, featuring open hole mesh at back and rounded side vents, and the Nike Spring Premier Victory Skirt, whose all-around pleats bring flirty movement to the courts.
Hightop shoes are gaining momentum in women’s tennis fashion and Serena opted for these Nike Flare BHM Black/Yellow ones, even though Nike’s promo pics ahead of the tournament suggested that the queen would wear solid yellow footwear.
Maria Sharapova‘s orange Nike Spring Premier Maria Dress features a sporty, yet feminine skirt with bonded no-sew bottom hem, and a classic athletic top with contrast obsidian navy binding and white mesh insets at underarms and racerback that are both a stylish and functional touch. For a closer look at the dress, read my pre-tournament unveiling of the item.
Victoria Azarenka‘s look is unique in many ways. While most players opted for some of the sunrise colors (yellow, orange, red, pink), the two-time Australian Open champion stands out with spring leaf green. Moreover, the fact that she wears shorts, the Nike Spring Ace Shorts, ensure that the bottom of her outfit is standing still throughout her matches. The Belarusian’s Nike Spring Premier Slam Tank looks young and modern with its ombre stripes, while the green headband and hightop shoes with green details perfectly finish the sporty look.
The story of Eugenie Bouchard‘s Nike Spring Premier Slam Dress is a bit more complicated. The ultra lightweight item sure is a superb fit for the Aussie summer and its design positively reminds me of comfortable beach tunics, but Nike advertised the skirt’s cut to provide excellent coverage with its dropped back (as I presented it in my pre-tournament post about the dress), while in reality it turned out that the skirt is way too short and we were constantly exposed to the Canadian’s white shorts.
Ana Ivanovic sported the red Adidas Spring Adizero Dress characterized by a mesh overlay featuring a geometric print that is actually spelling out the word “tennis”. Some people love the dress, some call it the tablecloth dress. I wasn’t impressed at first and now that I’ve seen it so many times, I’ve grown to like it more, especially the idea of the overlay.
Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and many other WTA players picked the Adidas Adizero separates. I love the back design of the Adidas Spring Adizero Tank, as well as the shock green color, and it nicely matches the shock red Adidas Spring Adizero Skirt.
Stella McCartney has nailed it at this Australian Open. Caroline Wozniacki‘s Adidas Spring Stella McCartney Tour Dress is everything a fashionable and feminine tennis player can ask for: the Climacool technology ensures moisture management, the mesh panels at the neckline, racerback and sides are both functional and stylish, while the white lines enhance the design and bring out the best in female figure. Shoes that the Dane sported: Adidas Stella Barricade Boost.
Garbine Muguruza‘s separates from the same collection, which I presented in detail prior to the tournament, are for those who prefer more vibrant clothes, with the lively tones of red, orange and yellow.
Take a look at my previous Australian Open fashion overviews:
- 2015: WTA fashion: Australian Open 2015 raises the bar!
- 2014: All eyes on the Australian Open fashion – a mix of hits, misses and designs that played it safe
- 2013: The WTA fashion side of the Australian Open
- 2012: The best of Nike, Adidas and Fila in Melbourne
- 2011: How do they look? Women’s tennis players at the first Grand Slam of the season
A lot has been talked about EleVen‘s Brushstroke collection and even though Venus Williams lost already in the first round of the Australian Open, her EleVen Brushstrokes NYC Inspire Dress cannot be easily forgotten. V-neck, refreshing print and striping below chest make this dress a simple, yet fashionable and unique tennis fashion choice.
Agnieszka Radwanska is a lady in pink at the 2016 Australian Open, working Lotto‘s Spring Nixia Dress that includes a wide neck, bold mesh back and drop-waist skirt. You can see the dramatic use of mesh better in my overview of the dress published before the event.
A number of Lotto’s representatives, including Andreea Mitu, Kristyna Pliskova and Varvara Lepchenko opted for this floral outfit and I have to admit that I’m not sure which collection it is from. If you have more info about it, please tell me in the comments, as I know that the style has received many compliments from tennis fans.
Jelena Jankovic was in the brightest of all yellows at Melbourne Park this year, blending with tennis balls in her new Fila dress. The company promoted the black dress with the print that echoes flying tennis balls as JJ’s fashion choice for the Australian Open, but it turned out that the Serb went for the screaming yellow look and a different cut of the dress.
I preferred the cut of the black dress, but yellow is definitely a better color for the Australian sun. Even though some people argued that companies use the vibrant shade of yellow to distract opponents, as the color blends with tennis balls, it apparently didn’t help Jankovic much, as she lost in the second round already.
Monica Puig‘s Ellesse dress has a neutral base and just enough pop of orange make the item an excellent choice for Australia. The matching headband makes the complete look extra youthful and sporty.
Lacoste‘s Dominika Cibulkova has finally sidelined her navy dresses, introducing this white piece that features a touch of yellow in front zipper and keyhole cutout at back. Alize Cornet promoted a bright yellow tank and a blue pleated skirt, similar to her last year’s bottoms.
Representing Sergio Tacchini, Barbora Strycova has set up a fourth-round encounter with Victoria Azarenka in a black and yellow outfit with dotted skirt hem and a black bra peeking through the top’s back.
Svetlana Kuznetsova‘s Qiaodan look included light pink and blue, incorporated in a pretty much unflattering design quite typical of the Chinese brand.
Denise Cronwall‘s player Mona Barthel wore the loose Jewel Layer Top and its matching skirt, while Sofibella‘s Kateryna Bondarneko sported the Essence Athletic Cami in seaglass with black side stripes and its coordinating layered skirt.
Belinda Bencic made the tournament’s fourth round in these black and pink Yonex separates, while Sloane Stephens lost in the first round in the stunning Under Armour dress that she had won Auckland in earlier this January.
Last but not least, New Balance‘s Heather Watson, just like many players, opted for juicy orange, her outfit consisting of the New Balance Spring Tournament Tank with Y-back, a white skirt with mesh trim at hem, and orange New Balance 996v2 low-profile shoes.
I think I couldn’t have done a more extensive WTA fashion overview, as I included practically all tennis apparel brands. So now that you’ve seen it all, what do you say, whose Australian Open outfit takes the No.1 position?
I give my vote to Serena Williams! I love the introduction of a crop top, while this one is nicely executed with large mesh inset at back and the black binding. I also love the skirt that it is paired with, as I am a fan of all-around pleated bottoms. Moreover, the vibrant yellow is a great choice for the Australian Open. When it comes to footwear, I like it that Serena opted for black shoes to add some contrast, rather than the yellow ones that had been announced originally.
I want to hear your thoughts in the comments!