The world of tennis fashion is more competitive than ever and Grand Slams are the largest arenas for sports apparel companies to display their latest performance-driven, eye-catching designs. I've been doing Grand Slam fashion overviews for years and now I'm excited to have a detailed look at all the outfits making our WTA players comfortable and stylish during their French Open endeavors.
Adidas' controversial dazzle camouflage pattern, better known as the zebra print, unarguably marked this year's French Open. Some love it, some hate it, but everyone has been talking about it. Every detail on Ana is coordinated with her Adidas Roland Garros Y-3 On Court Dress, from her visor and wristbands to her Adizero Y-3 shoes, whose red detail is matching the dress' faux suspenders.
Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber also sported the limited-edition shoes, whose stripes, just as those of the clothes, create a sense of movement, while the 2014 French Open finalist and the reigning Australian Open champion went for separates from Yohji Yamamoto's collection: a tank with bonded straps that shape a "Y" at the back and a black layered skirt with exposed waistband. For cold weather, the designer created a 3/4 sleeve top, similar to the tank.
I love Adidas' Roland Garros collection, especially the dress, although it was too much when four zebra-clad players were on the court at the same time.
PAST WOMEN'S TENNIS FASHIONS AT THE FRENCH OPEN:
- 2015: WTA styles that rocked the Paris tennis clothing scene
- 2014: Have fashion risks turned into hits?
- 2013: Roland Garros – who wins the battle of WTA tennis fashion?
- 2012: The richness of WTA outfits at the claycourt Grand Slam – video overview
- 2011: Spring tennis fashion – French Open edition
- 2010: Roland Garros WTA fashion radar
With Caroline Wozniacki nursing her ankle injury, we didn't get to see in action the Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Tour Dress, but Garbine Muguruza is giving a lot of exposure to the lovely Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Tour Tank with subtle floral colorblocks and the matching fresh yellow skirt with laser cut hexagon pattern. The Spaniard's Stella Barricade shoes are designed to give players explosive comfort in a supremely stable package.
Serena Williams' NikeCourt Premier Dress originally has a mesh section that extends from mid back all the way to the waist, but the world number one decided to spice things up a notch, removing the mesh and going for an edgy cutout. My favorite feature of this dress are the extended pleats on the back and overall its refreshing approach to traditional design.
To celebrate the American's ever-blossoming career, Nike adorned the blue Flare shoes with colorful roses on the swoosh. Aggressive movers such as the 21-time Grand Slam champion are having their ankles safely wrapped in this high-top model.
Eugenie Bouchard's NikeCourt Premier Advantage Dress is probably my favorite design of the tournament. I love the idea of a reinvented polo dress, with super cute mock collar and discreet stripes that extend to the racerback. Two-buttom placket is cute and offers a personalized fit, while rounded side vents at hem also add a stylish touch and increase the range of motion.
The Canadian rocked color-coordinated unisex Air Zoom Ultrafly shoes from Nike.
Victoria Azarenka's Roland Garros was cut short due to a knee injury during the cold first round, but her blue Nike Flare shoes are sticking in our memory.
And talking about Nike's athletes, I have to mention that Maria Sarapova also had her dedicated Roland Garros dress, but for the well-known reasons the Russian has been forced to skip this year's event.
Agnieszka Radwanska's coral Lotto Lacy Dress is the most feminine in the WTA crowd, with its lacy perforated fabric and girly ruffles. The Lotto Stratosphere shoes feature the latest innovations in the company's technologies, but nothing could help the Pole deal with the soaked balls and wet Court Suzanne Lenglen on the rainy Tuesday.
Venus Williams is the uncrowned tennis queen of prints and the abstract pattern of her EleVen Geo Swirl Dress features a nice shade of orange that matches the courts at Roland Garros. Playing doubles with her little sister Serena, Venus showcased separates from her new collection, the EleVen Geo Swirl Print Love Tank featuring contrast trim on tank straps, and the grey EleVen Geo Swirl Fly Skirt characterized by a side wrap and brushstroke detailed fabric.
I'm glad that of the four dresses designed by Marion Bartoli for Fila, Jelena Jankovic chose my favorite one, the lavender Love Fila Paris Dress with the Eiffel Tower incorporated in the unique print, but the former world No.1 was a first-round casualty, and we saw very little of the fashion-forward design. However, other players, including Irina-Camelia Begu, wore the brand's Gingham collection, especially impressing with the Fila Spring Gingham Racerback Dress which seduces with the way it merges a very classic approach to tennis fashion and visually-enhancing elements such as the figure-slimming piping and tiny pleats at bottom hem.
Dominika Cibulkova and Alize Cornet wore the navy version of the Lacoste Spring Tank Dress, which is saved from being too plain by an upper-back mesh insert atop of a half-moon cutout.
Sloane Stephens put her crop-top dresses in the back of the wardrobe and returned to classic designs with this blue Under Armour piece.
Heather Watson and Nicole Gibbs were among best-dressed WTA players at this year's Roland Garros, wearing a classic navy New Balance Spring Tournament Dress refreshed by on-trend features such as spaghetti straps, stripes and back mesh panel unique for its houndstooth pattern.
To bring some color to the entire look, Watson and Gibbs sported contrast accessories, as well as the 996v2 shoes in purple and teal.
Representing Sergio Tacchini, Barbora Strycova sported the white version of the Phoenix Dress with red contrast dots at chest and a red side panel at right hip. Ellesse's Monica Puig was her standard self in this classic navy dress, whose only details are thin white lines and vibrant company logo.
American Shelby Rogers made her first Grand Slam quarterfinals in the Asics Spring Athlete Tank, unique for its sharp-shaped racerback with an arrow detail, and the ink blue Asics Spring Athlete Styled Skirt featuring a wrap at front hem.
Sofibella-clad Tatjana Maria was all about shades of blue, with nice orange company logo detail.
Victoria Golubic sported my favorite Tonic by Martina Hingis dress, a white item with pixel print highlights.
Svetlana Kuznetsova made no surprises with her Qiaodan apparel, while wildcard Alize Lim played just one singles match at the tournament, but her Le Coq Sportif jumpsuit may well end up as a milestone in tennis fashion history.
Ladies' fashion at the 2016 French Open has been versatile and fun, but given the weather this fortnight, I think that tennis clothing companies can enrich their collections with fashionable raincoats! Just an idea! 😉
What are your fashion favorites from Roland Garros 2016?