I started doing my Grand Slam fashion overviews back in 2010 and I can tell you that WTA fashion is growing stronger every year. This French Open was marked by Nike’s textured blue apparel, Serena Williams’ shocking catwoman look, and Adidas’ pleated overlays, but read through the entire post to get an insight into the richness of women’s tennis fashion presented in Paris. This is definitely the most comprehensive overview you can find!
As if all eyes were not already on Serena Williams’ return to Grand Slam action after maternity leave, the G.O.A.T. decided to wear a black skin-tight bodysuit with red waistband, sending a message that she creates her own rules and is unstoppable in her wish to dominate tennis courts in every way.
Glitter kicks enrich the 36-year-old mom’s collection of extraordinary Nike footwear.
“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, (a) queen from Wakanda,” Serena described her show-stopping outfit. “I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”
Venus Williams exited the singles draw on Day 1 at the hands of Wang Qiang, but her EleVen Sprint collection excelled in performance, especially the EleVen Sprint Incline Dress, a drop-waisted open-back design featuring red choker-style strap with clasp at neck and floating bra panel in the same color.
Of course, V had a matching Sprint Visor, in the color palette including tango red, frost grey, white, and black.
Maria Sharapova‘s Nike Summer Maria Dress stands out with its scalloped hemline, super thin criss-crossed straps at back, and mesh panels that function as ventilation channels while also adding texture that makes the design more visually interesting.
PAST WOMEN’S TENNIS FASHIONS AT THE FRENCH OPEN:
- 2017: Stripes, paint splashes, tulle, diamonds, and other trends
- 2016: Adidas’ zebras and other fashion-forward WTA apparel at Roland Garros
- 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
Brainstorming about the French Open collection, Nike’s designers decided to pick one perfect color and go with it all the way — after careful evaluation of rich colors that contrasted with the tournament venue, most importantly the orange clay, the selection was narrowed down to a bold blue, more precisely, neo turq.
While being very simple when it comes to the color, the clothes are three-dimensional and complex when it comes to texture.
A plethora of WTA players wore the striking separates, the Nike Summer Zonal Cool Slam Tank and Nike Summer Zonal Cool Smash Skirt, including world No.1 Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina, Petra Kvitova, Marta Kostyuk and Maria Sakkari.
Of course, Nike created several models of matching shoes, including these Air Zoom Vapor X photographed on Madison Keys.
Andrea Petkovic impressed in the V-neck Adidas Roland Garros Dress that captivates with its refreshing coral color, simple cut and flirty knife pleats at hem. The tri-color detailing is consistent throughout the company’s Paris collection, as you can see in the below outfits of Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko and Anett Kontaveit.
The pleated overlay of the Adidas Roland Garros Tank stands out from everything we’ve seen in recent years on the tennis courts. Just look at that back design!
Kerber wore a noble indigo version of the outstanding tank and paired it with the Adidas Roland Garros Skirt, just like her fellow representatives of Adidas’ separates.
As you can see in this overview, besides orange and blue, black is surprisingly dominant this spring.
Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki showcased a number of Stella McCartney’s favorite design elements in their Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Dress: colorblocks, scuba-style zipper at the front, and of course laser cuts.
We’re used to seeing Karolina Pliskova in Fila‘s traditional navy, red and white, but this time the company is successfully venturing into the world of pastels with the Elite collection. Lilac chiffon is combined with electric club print for a youthful and feminine style.
The collection’s boldest feature are the back pleats at the below-shown Fila Elite Pleated Back Tank.
The Elite collection also includes ice green elements, as we can see on Ashleigh Barty who combined the Fila Elite Ruched Tank and Fila Elite Pleated Skirt.
With Agnieszka Radwanska absent from Roland Garros, Alize Cornet and Elise Mertens led Lotto’s representatives in the black and white Batik collection.
Besides the striking print that is inspired by the art of decorating cloth using wax and dye, the most unique feature is the solid color ruffle in the back.
Cornet sported the sleeveless Lotto Batik Dress, while Mertens opted for the combination of the Lotto Batik Skirt and Lotto Batik Top. The cut of new Lotto designs reminds me of dance performance dresses.
Bethanie Mattek Sands took things up a notch with her pink tassel skirt and its Hawaiian beach vibes.
Yulia Putintseva‘s Mizuno outfit combines a purple shade called clover, the “Kasumi“ (fog) blurry effect and color graduation to express air movement and circulation.
At first glance, Julia Goerges‘ outfit in Paris is just a simple black dress, but subtle performance details make it much more than that — strategic ventilation channels and Gel-Cool technology positioned along the back regulate heat, while the skirt’s side vents, stretch construction and slim racerback enhance freedom of movement.
Whereas Goerges wore the Asics Spring Speed Dress, Samantha Stosur presented the Asics Spring Court Tank and the Asics Spring Speed Skirt.
New Balance‘s Sorana Cirstea wore the Paris Print Tournament Dress, which I presented in detail prior to the tournament. Heather Watson, on the other hand, represented New Balance in spring collection’s Tournament Tank, featuring dotted mesh around the neckline, and the double-layer mesh Tournament Skirt.
Barbora Strycova wore the navy version of the Sergio Tacchini Curvature Dress, created with fashion designer Johanna Ho. White contrast trim at sides and pintuck pleats at back provide a figure-slimming effect.
I love the cris-crossed back straps of Pauline Parmentier‘s Le Coq Sportif outfit and the fact that the Frenchwoman is wearing the colors of her country’s flag.
Mihaela Buzarnescu stunned title favorite Elina Svitolina in the third round, promoting Sofibella’s pink/grey/white Rio collection. As far as I can notice, the Romanian’s Sofibella Rio Pocket Cami is the only top here that features pockets for extra storage. Mihaela’s skirt is the Sofibella Rio Backspin 12″ Skirt featuring double-layered hem with mesh trim.
Now that you’ve seen pretty much all the styles that graced the French Open courts this year, how would you rate WTA fashion in Paris? Tell me in the comments below!