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US Open Fashion- The Lows And Highs

September 3, 2010

Things are on the tasteful side for the favourites at the final Grand Slam, which is of course a massive disappointment and makes for boring reviews. Never fear, I’ve had to dig deep for a few monstositys but I found them, along with the most beautiful outfits of the lot. For those players with two outfits, I always review the one I like the best.

The women

Jelena Jankovic: Jankovic’s decision to go with Anta is starting to look better and better. At first gaudy, her outfits have transformed into stunning feminine pieces which show off her curves. Purple is a theme at this year’s open and almost no one is wearing it better than Jelena. The sheer bottom half is similar to her Wimbledon outfit and it creates an individual and simple design on an otherwise classic tennis dress. It would be easy to make the purple look too dramatic and busy but by keeping it simple Jelena works it brilliantly.

Number four seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia reacts during her victory over Simona Halep of Romania at the US Open 2010 tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 31, 2010 in New York City.

8/10

Caroline Wozniacki: Stella McCartney have finally allowed Wozniacki to discard the grey, shapeless sack she has worn all year. Although I’m sure I’ll be sick of this one too in 6 months time, so far I am loving her new dress. Caroline has a stunning figure but it was hidden under all the fabric of her earlier Stella McCartney outfits. This time it is nicely accentuated in a fitting black dress. Her tanned legs and blonde hair really pop with the black and she’s in danger of becoming the new tennis bombshell with looks like that. Her yellow  shorts and sports bra stops the dress being too predictable, adding a dash of colour. My only criticism is that it seems too tight; Caroline was tugging in it a lot in her first two matches.

NEW YORK - AUGUST 31:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot against Chelsey Gullickson of the United States during her first round women's singles match on day two of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

9/10 – it actually looks better on T.V than in photos where the black is washed out.

Venus Williams: After some absolute shockers in 2010, Williams has finally nailed the sexy/stylish look she’s been aiming for. After a disastrous experiment with lace and flesh coloured underwear, Venus has gone with leather-look panels on a tight black dress. There’s no doubt it is still a risqué look, but she’s ditched the low-cuts in favour of something that leaves a little more to the imagination. The leather is a very original look and the black looks amazing on Venus’s long and lean figure. It seems Venus has finally achieved the look she’s been dreaming of.

US tennis player Venus Williams reacts after winning against Italy's Roberta Vinci during their first round match at the US Open 2010 tennis tournament August 30, 2010 in New York. PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand.

7/10 – I’m not a fan of the fringing.

Nadia Petrova: It’s as if she went to her grandmother’s house, pulled down the curtains, and turned them into a dress. It’s so hideous that even DayLife couldn’t bear to display any images of it on their website. It’s impossibly tacky, the colour scheme is awful and so retro I feel like the dress must be made of corduroy. Petrova clearly looked in a mirror just before she went on court; she and the awful dress crashed out in the first round.

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@cb_s Guzzle an alcoholic beverage before you see this, because it's disastrous, but - demands awe. Petrova:

1/10

Maria Sharapova: There’s a reason I haven’t heard a single bad comment about Sharapova’s dress, it is simply beautiful. Maria looks stunning in the deep purple and black, the dress is cut superbly to suit her figure, and to top it all off, she’s playing well. Although I’m unsure of the collar, I’ve been so convinced that purple is the way to go I went out and brought purple tennis shoes yesterday. I think I’ll paint my nails purple too. The sheer bottom-half, similar to Jankovic’s, keeps the dress pretty and feminine, whilst the buttons add something new. Maria continues to be a fashion inspiration on and off the court with original, striking, and gorgeous designs. This must be one of her best.

NEW YORK - AUGUST 25:  Tennis player Maria Sharapova attends the Nike Tennis Primetime Knockout event at Pier 54 on August 25, 2010 in New York City.

8.5/1

The men

Rafael Nadal: I typically dislike Nadal’s outfits, I find the colours too brash and the shirts too tight. I have to give credit to this one though, the black and lime green look great on Nadal. The shorts seem better fitting than in the past, although the top is still too tight and short for my liking. More than ever before though Nadal looks scary. The nearly all black outfit makes him look intimidating and dangerous on the court, which of course is exactly what he is. It is a fitting outfit for a world number one and he undeniably looks like the champion. The shoes are his only mistake, the green is tacky and conjures images of vomit. Less green and more black would have been a better option.

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns to Teymuraz Gabashvili, of Russia, during the first round at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010.

6.5/10 – it’s harder to look past those blobs on his feet than I initially thougharrow

Roger Federer: Federer has spiced up his outfits of late, with pink in the recent past and lilac on the cards, but he’s reverted to his classic look for Slams. I can’t deny I’m relieved. Despite wanting Federer to change things up earlier the truth is that he looks better in these classic, stylish outfits. Like usual the fit is brilliant, and the navy blue is a different and more glamorous shade to what we are used to seeing. I probably would have preferred white shorts which would have been less pajama-like and blended the shoes better with the overall look. Still, a solid effort from Federer for his night matches.

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer returns a shot to Argentina's Brian Dabul during their first round match at the US Open 2010 tennis tournament August 30, 2010 in New York. PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand.

7/10

Novak Djokovic: Sergio Tacchini continues to be an excellent choice for Novak, although I am disappointed with the lack of colour in this outfit. The jovial Djokovic, who compared his first round win to sleeping with his girlfriend, suits colour more than anyone and it has been a constant in his outfits throughout the years. Other than the dull white and brown colour scheme, Djokovic’s outfit is tasteful and original, with the pattern on the back personal to Djokvoic. The only real blip is a cap that attempts to look gangster but I will not take it into consideration as first it would lower his score to zero, and secondly it’s hardly an essential item.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point against compatriot Viktor Troicki. during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 31, 2010.

7/10

Janko Tipsarevic: He may have played some brilliant tennis in his upset over Andy Roddick, but it doesn’t mean he looked good doing it. On the contrary, Janko went for a head-to-toe maroon look that even Lady Gaga wouldn’t go near. Not only does it make him look like an eccentric primary school student, it clashes horribly with everything he goes near, including the tennis court. All and all, this is an absolute shocker and could be the reason Roddick seemed so out of sorts in their match. Whatever the reason Janko wore this hideous mess, it’s working for him as he finds himself with the biggest upset of the tournament.

Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, returns against Andy Roddick, of the United States, against at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010.

0/10 – I think we all agree he’d look better naked

All and all the girls are looking beautiful for the US Open and are far out doing the men. Not to say the men look bad, everyone seems to have made a pretty decent attempt at fashion for the year’s final Slam. Everyone except Tipsaravic and Petrova that is.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. breadstix permalink
    September 5, 2010 3:09 pm

    Helloooooo Kaaaiiitttt.

    I have to say that I absolutely cannot get used to seeing Rafael Nadal in something that’s not at least 50% fluorescent. It’s *weird*. 😐 I agree with your comments on JJ going with Anta though, they’re really coming up with a lot of great designs, and frequently too. am liking Vee’s too.

    Not that I’ve actually seen them on TV though… yet. >_>’

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