Oceans, tattoos, ’90s inspire Australian Open WTA fashion

What are the latest trends in the WTA fashion? To get the answer, let’s have a look at all the 2019 Australian Open outfits as part of my traditional Grand Slam fashion overviews. Inspired by the ’90s, NikeCourt is going for semi-cropped tops and denim print, Serena Williams is again testing the limits, this time with a playsuit, Adidas is saving the oceans, Lucky in Love is inspired by Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ tattoos, and more.

Maria Sharapova blended with the Australian Open courts in her Nike Spring Maria Dress. The item is available in this darker version and a lighter, bright-sky one. As I discussed in my preview of the Russian’s Melbourne look, this is the first time since early 2010 that Masha is opting for a print.

Simona Halep rocks her custom-made vibrant-colored Nike kicks, decorated by jalapeno peppers, the national flag of Romania and the world No.1’s last name. When it comes to her ’90s-inspired NikeCourt separates, here we can see Halep in the colorblocked Spring Power Slam Sleeveless Top and the denim-printed Spring Slam Skirt.

Halep also wore the Spring Breathe Slam Top, characteristic for its checkered mock collar and asymmetric stripes at raglan sleeves, as seen below on Eugenie Bouchard, and the Spring Court Printed Tank, pictured above, whose side slits the Romanian tied into a knot.

Nike intended the new outfits to be paired with the fuchsia Nike Air Zoom Vapor X shoe.

Bouchard had a unique way of wearing her semi-cropped top.

Australian Open fashion through the years:

For months before the Australian Open we tried to figure out what Serena Williams would wear at the Slam. First I thought that she would go for the pink Nike perforated dress, but when the American introduced it at the Hopman Cup, I knew it was not an option for Melbourne. Then we suspected the Nike Spring Player Dress and we were very close, but Serena likes to shock and make surprises, so she removed the skirt from the dress, making it into a playsuit.

The Nike Spring Player Dress, which also exists in white, features bold stripes around the waist, on center torso and surrounding the triangular cutout at back.

Of course, Serena is also equipped with stunning, customized Nike kicks.

Adidas‘ collection differs from everything we’ve seen so far, because it includes material made from recycled plastic bottles, created in cooperation with Parley for the Oceans. Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is the top representative of the collection, wearing the Adidas Spring Parley Tank Top and the Parley Skirt. The blue ombre effect represents oceans and Wozniacki also made sure to match her nail color to the outfit.

The US Open champion Naomi Osaka shows a darker version of Wozniacki’s kit.

Garbine Muguruza‘s Adidas Spring Parley Dress features a notch collar, as opposed to the tank which has a regular neckline. Notice, there is no Adidas by Stella McCartney collection this year in Melbourne.

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Venus Williams looks stunning in her unique Diva Dress from the EleVen Caracas collection. I think this is the first time we’re seeing a white dress with print only at chest and waist. The American also sports a matching printed visor and a pink arm sleeve.

We definitely don’t associate Fila with pleats and soft colors, but the company’s designers decided to ditch their traditional navy/red/white palette for a while. Here we can see Karolina Pliskova in the Spring Stripe Trim Tank and Spring Double Ruffle Skirt from the Ruffles & Stripes collection.

However, the new Fila collection offers a variety of black items as well, something we’re more used to when it comes to the Czech’s style.

Germany’s Laura Siegemund, new member of the Fila family, accessorized her baby pink outfit with bold black tube socks.

In this lovely photo of Alize Cornet and Petra Martic we can see Lotto‘s Tennis Tech collection, whose hypnotizing black-and-white print is contrasted by on-trend vibrant coral tone.

Johanna Konta‘s first Ellesse outfit (the Brit used to be the face of Asics) very much resembles Fila’s iconic style.


New Balance always creates youthful, vibrant and trendy outfits that follow the guidelines of tried-and-true sports design. Heather Watson‘s striped Spring Tournament Sleeveless Tank in voltage violet and light reef, paired with a rounded, perforated Spring Tournament Court Skirt, stole the show without trying too hard. As you could see in my New Balance preview, Watson’s violet shoe model is the WC 996v3.

Sergio Tacchini‘s Barbora Strycova was in white separates highlighted by colorful circular print around the edges of the tank and pleated skort.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands cooperated with Lucky in Love to create her own limited-edition Australian Open collection. The American, famous for her unconventional tennis style, featured her floral tattoos in the print of her nude mesh crop top and her tiered pleated skirt. Of course, her signature knee-high socks are also there.

Simple, high-performance outfits with subtle details characterize the style of Asics. Their top representative Julia Goerges launched this Asics Gel-Cool Tank Top in papaya and coordinating grey skort on the first day of the tournament. As you’ve probably seen in my preview of this outfit, the tank features flexible criss-cross straps and mesh inserts to minimize sweat.

Lacoste revamped its style and created its best collection ever, as we can see on Dominika Cibulkova, who’s entered her tenth year as the face of Lacoste, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a new member of the family. Here we can see CIbulkova in the Spring Dress, a blue and pink design (the colors are officially called neottia and bagatelle) with striped mesh at the upper chest and on the racerback, while Pavlyuchenkova is wearing the collection’s tank and skirt. You can have a closer look at both the dress and separates in my Lacoste Australian Open preview.

This season, Yonex expanded its pool of representatives with Monica Puig and Dayana Yastremska. I don’t have specific details about these two outfits (the tennis clothing section on the official Yonex website talks about the 2017-2018 Fall/Winter collection!), but it’s evident that they are from the same range, featuring two colors separated by a wavy diagonal line at chest.

Now that you have a complete picture of the WTA fashion that kicked off the 2019 season, what do you say, which brand performed the best?

To see what the biggest WTA stars wore at the previous three Grand Slams, check out my US Open, Wimbledon and Roland Garros overviews:

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9 thoughts on “Oceans, tattoos, ’90s inspire Australian Open WTA fashion

  1. The Real Deal

    Genie should’ve kept those shorts at home. Serena steamrolled her & those hideous shorts off the court in straight sets. And now the amazing Ms. Danielle Collins (lovely demeanor) has just dominated my girl Angie Kerber in under an hour. What’s up, Angie? Glad Ashley Barty annihilated Sharapova. Barty let her back in and almost lost the 3rd set. Again, should’ve never happened. In the meantime, Chris Evert can now shut up with all of her nonsensical praise for Maria Sharapova, regardless of how lousy she’s playing without her energizing drug. Guess she’s trying to get a new drug to get a boost from for that so-called RA diagnosis (yeah, just like the heart condition she never even had). Congrats Ash & Danielle! Happy birthday, Frances Tiafoe! Get your bonus birthday gift by taking out Dimitrov. You’re almost there.

  2. The Real Deal

    Okay, Bethanie. You can now stop with your not cute at all tattoo obsession. You’ve taken that thing to a whole new level of ridiculousness. No thanks to that hideous outfit!

  3. Amy

    I surprisingly like the yellow Yonex separates best! All Nike clothes are just ghastly (except maybe Serena’s)

  4. Virginie

    The Adidas kits are the ones I prefer I think, especially Wozniacki’s. I did not like the dress at first sight but I have to say it’s great on Muguruza and Mladenovic !
    And… poor Simona. She’s the number 1, she deserves better (the kit she wore on the 2nd round was ok though).

  5. Lala

    Adidas got the best overall look.
    Nikes outfit looks like they belong to usopen and that stripe top looks cheap.
    Good to see lacoste doing something new.
    Venus and Dayana outfits are amazing
    I also like filas softer style

  6. Ricardo Montalban

    I haven’t seen all the women and their on-court attire, but have to say my over-arching thought is that half of them are looking more butch than ever….clearly these gals have a lot of male testosterone flowing their lymph systems and the body ink/art only embellishes the male persona/identity. I’m for a more natural feminine look…less pant-suit, Nehru collar jackets, and short hair tennis gal on-air commentator look….don’t have to mention the names. They all look alike and more and more like CNBC’s androg. babe, Richard Maddow. Do they allow these babes into the female players’ locker room….? As for Serena or can we call her LeBron, she’s going for visually accentuating the boobs, derriere, and now even the clit-area….but heck, why not, she’s just “busting” more glass ceilings….

  7. CLT

    My favourites are the Adidas outfits and Venus’ dress. I also like Barbora Strycova’s outfit but no-one else seems to like the Tecchini gear. Nike is trying too hard as usual, and there are too many of them wearing the same clothes, Fila and Lacoste should stick to what they do best, Ellesse and Asics are too plain, and Bethanie, well…. I actually like it that she is doing something different, but hey, the tattoos are ugly enough already!

  8. Jim

    Thanks Marija for including the underrated New Balance sportswear that Heather Watson and Danielle Collins are sporting!

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