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The Shockers And The Stunners – French Open Fashion 2010

May 27, 2010

It’s that time of year again, it’s raining during a Slam and I find time to write about the current fashions that our favourite men and women are rocking. The first thing to mention is the lack of effort Adidas has put into this year’s French Open. Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco, their two biggest stars, look exactly the same as they have for months now. I’m not sure what kind of faith they have in Murray but Verdasco has certainly been showing enough good form to warrant a change from his current Otago Highlanders’ outfit. Nike have been ever diligent in designing new outfits but it feels as if we are seeing the same styles again and again for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I’m not suggesting they go putting Roger in yellow and taking away his collar, or giving Nadal some Boris-Becker like shorts and putting his hair in a pony-tail, but surely we have had enough of the now ‘classic but boring’ and the ‘bright but tacky’ looks? I certainly have. Anyway, that is enough rambling from me. On with the show…

You might be wondering why I am reviewing a Fila outfit and yes I agree, they are boring and often repetitive. Why they failed to design anything in the past even remotely refreshing or, heaven’s forbid, pretty, I have no idea. However, Kuznetsova is wearing shorts and I happen to think that shorts are the way of the future. Think about it, all the girls wear short shorts in their practise sessions, Sharapova wore some seriously cool shorts (with a seriously awful blouse) at Wimbledon a few years back and we all know she is ahead when it comes to fashion. So here we are, some very cool short shorts. Now all Fila has to do is jazz them up a bit and match them with a top that isn’t an awful shade of pink that highlights sweat marks and Kuznetsova will be away laughing.

Svetlana Kuznetsova


When describing a dress as low-cut, short, with black lace and red trimming, most people would shudder and assume you were describing Tila Tequila’s latest formal attire. Unfortunately, the hideous wonder belongs to none other than Venus Williams. It is, of course, self designed just as her revealing Australian Open outfit was. Whilst I overall liked the Australian Open outfit and just wished she had worn some yellow shorts, this time the effect on the eyes is overwhelming. Even without the flesh coloured shorts the whole assemble looks horribly trashy. Let’s hope Venus find her good fashion sense again come Wimbledon. We all know she has it.

She's got it!

4/10 (those are some fabulous legs though)

You can always count on at least one Williams sister to get it right and Serena has made sure this year is no exception. Sporting a completely different colour and style Serena has one-upped her sister in every single category of fashion this time around. Her hair looks better, the colours look funkier, the style is more flattering and tennis appropriate, even the lime green pants, which I am not a fan of, are a thousand times better than Venus’s. It’s not just Venus she has left for dead, though. Serena looks better than almost all of the WTA. Again.

PARIS - MAY 24:  Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a  point during the women's singles first round match between Serena  Williams of the United States and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day  two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2010 in Paris,  France.

8/10 (She’s managed to make blue and green look ok, and that takes some serious skill)

Maria Sharapova wears some of the most original, exciting, hideous, and beautiful outfits. She is capable of severe faux pases and incredible designs. This French Open seems to be a bit of a mix. It’s not a faux pas by any means, but neither is it stunning. The grey doesn’t suit Maria’s fair skin and the burgundy just serves to wash her out even more. Another combination of colours and the dress could be beautiful, but as it is it remains far behind last year’s Roland Garros dress. Perhaps she is saving up ideas for Wimbledon. Of course, Maria still looks pretty and I defiantly set standards higher for her than the rest of the WTA.


Unexpected good form isn’t the only thing Jelena Jankovic appears to be turning out at the moment, she has finally discovered some good taste. Jankovic is a fashion lover but is known for more misses than hits, hence it was a big surprise for me to see her dress. Normally I despise yellow on clothing but Jankovic has managed to make the canary work. With a cut that compliments her figure and ruffles like that of Serena, Jankovic has finally hit the mark.

9/10 (it’s still yellow)

It’s hard to give Roger Federer a bad review when he looks simply stunning and wears a t-shirt better than any other player but the time might have come. Of course the shirt is lovely, with the sleeve detailing and the stunning blue, and of course there is nothing tacky or awkward about his attire. It’s just boring. Federer has been wearing blue at Slams since I can remember, (so, January) and although it suits him, it’s like we are seeing the same shirt in a slightly different shade every time. It is time Nike went back to the drawing board and thought of some new ideas and colours for Federer. Personally, I’d like to see him in green. Let’s just hope he comes up with something completely over the top and fun for Wimbledon. It’s time for a change.

PARIS - MAY 24:  Roger Federer of Switzerland acknowledges the  crowd as he celebrates victory in the men's singles first round match  between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Peter Luczak of Australia on  day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2010 in Paris,  France.


Rafael Nadal will probably never turn out a subdued colour palate, as a friend put it, but why Nike need to clash every colour under the sun when designing for him is a mystery. This time Nadal has pulled on blue and green, and not just one revolting shade of green but two. It’s an upgrade from last year’s watermelon spectacular and it’s nice to see he has ditched the Pumpkin Patch clothes of this year but it looks like a sea creature has spewed on him. Points for the shorts, (they are not checkered), shoes, and the fact that the top actually fits unlike his last clay court outfit. Overall, pretty damn bad once again from the favourite.


Whilst Nadal and Federer have very distinct styles, Novak Djokovic is still playing around a bit with his. This is his second outfit with Sergio Tacchini and I must say it is an improvement from the Japanese silk pajama look. But I’m still a little unconvinced. The collar is great, the blue is terrific, but the tie-dye? I can’t say I’m digging it. The simplistic look of the overall outfit though compensates for the reference to the 60s and as a result I think it’s fair to say Djokovic looks the freshest of the men at the top. There’s nothing reworked and no blinding tackiness here. The switch from Adidas is starting to look like a good thing.


I never thought I would like two Fila outfits but surprises do happen and with Adidas completely neglecting the French Open it’s nice to see Fila making an effort. I’ve also never reviewed Marin Cilic either, so what a surprise to see the usually dull dressed Croatian wearing such a stunning shade of blue. Combined with a collar, white stripes, and some plain shorts, it’s almost like Cilic is out doing Federer at his own game. If only that shirt had a Nike tick…


So there we have it, this French Open’s fashion. Yes, it’s a little boring and yes, Adidas suck. However, props to Fila who have put in the hard yards this time around and have dressed one of the most promising players in my personal favourite outfit. Let’s hope they keep it up, Nike get some fresh ideas, and Adidas make an effort next time. As for now, the tennis is back on and I’m going to sit back and watch Jelena run around in the stand out dress of the tournament.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. millie permalink
    May 27, 2010 8:16 pm

    So, you like the colour combo on Serena, but not on Rafa? WTF? They’re exactly the same.

    • May 28, 2010 2:45 am

      I knew I was going to get this. They’re not, Rafa has three shades of colours, Serena only two. Also, Serena’s is more subtle than Nadal’s, in the picture I have shown there is barely any green whilst Nadal’s wearing a horrid three colour combo and then bringing white into it too. It’s all a bit much. I did say I didn’t like Serena’s shorts, which let down her outfit and add more green.

  2. May 28, 2010 1:04 am

    I really like this blog. Please continue the great work. Regards!!!

  3. May 28, 2010 2:50 am

    I’m with you on the shorts being the future. I think Sveta looks awesome.

    I’d give Novak’s duds a little higher score, and I do think Adidas is missing the boat.

    Nice post!

  4. Hilary permalink
    May 30, 2010 7:21 am

    What are you talking about? Nadal looks fantastic in those colours(!)

  5. Acacia permalink
    June 2, 2010 11:16 pm

    You really are shallow. These folks are playing great tennis and all you care about is the packaging? Oh good lord…

    I do agree though, that women should wear shorts more often. Skirts are dumb, unless they have pockets. And unless they’re actually a kilt worn by Andy Murray at a match, which I don’t believe he’s done yet. Silly non-traditional English-warped little boy…

    • June 3, 2010 12:36 am

      Actually I think if you read the rest of my blog you’d see that I care about a lot more than just the fashion. I spend much more time blogging about results, tennis, and how players are performing rather than what they are wearing. In fact, I only blog about fashion four times a year, one fashion piece for each Slam. I mostly stick to serious writing because others do comedy far better than me. This is one of the few times I delve into something more light-hearted. The rest of my blog would probably actually suit you if you hate fluff.

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