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Roland Garros '13 Fashion: Hits and Misses

It feels like forever since I've sat down to analyse the most important factor in Grand Slam tennis: the fashion. But it is time for me to cast my eyes over what the stars are wearing at what is usually the least fashionable Grand Slam. Perhaps it's the awkward coloured clay, or maybe nobody feels they can look as good as the French so they don't bother trying. Who knows.

Originally Rachel was going to do her own reviews as well, but then life got in the way. Hopefully she will be able to join me for Wimbledon, but until then you're stuck with me. I'm going to start with the girls and then move onto the boys. First up is Serena Williams.

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe When I first saw Serena's outfit I thought that it was nice, but hadn't I seen it before? Turns out, the grey/orange colour combo is pretty popular with Serena and Nike. She wore similar colour combinations at the French Open 2010 and at Rome this year. So forgive me if I'm not overawed by it this time around. I do, however, like the structure of the dress. The top half manages to be both modest and flattering before giving way to an empire line. I possibly would like to see just a little more length on this dress, but it's merely a matter of inches. Otherwise, a solid if predictable job from Nike and Serena.


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Maria has a nice tan, she's blonde and she works an enviable figure. There is so many colour combos that work on her, but lilac and yellow just isn't one. The deep purple doesn't pop enough and combined with the lighter shades the whole outfit leaves her looking washed out. Maria wore a stunning black number at last year's tournament, and it was always going to be difficult to compete with that. But surely Nike and Maria could have done something better than this. Even the structure of the dress is dull.

4/10 (harsh, but I expect better from Maria)

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For the first ten minutes of Roland Garros my Twitter timeline was filled with discussions about either how much they loved this dress, or wondering why Ivanovic had to remove her visor. Despite the overwhelming opinion that this dress is close to perfect, I have to disagree. It isn't the colour - even though I prefer navy on blondes - and it isn't the subtle ruffles. I actually like the stripy detailing on the dress and racerback suits Ivanovic. Nope, the thing I cannot stand is that the dress points out that Ivanovic is a shadow of her former self. I don't mean tennis wise, I'm referring to the massive amount of weight she lost between 2008 and now. The dress Adidas has given her is literally hanging off her shoulders. People with boyish figures like Ivanovic need to be given clothes that add curves. I would have liked to seen more stripy detailing around the bust, and for the dress to flow out at her hips. This dress looks Ok in action, but it resembles a sack when she's standing still.


AFP When I saw this dress on Wozniacki I literally argued with myself over whether I liked it. Surely there had to be something wrong with it? After all, Stella McCartney for Adidas is famous for dressing Caroline in revolting clothes. Remember that jester-ish collar she wore in 2011? Well, those outfits are a thing of the past... for this tournament at least. Say what you want about Wozniacki's tennis or her sense of humour, you cannot deny she has a stunning figure. The detailing up top adds some curves to the slim-hipped Dane, and baby blue looks great with her blonde hair. It's original enough to stand out without looking showy. Why can't Stella McCartney always design clothes like this??


Getty Images/Getty Images Europe Has Nike invented a new length of shorts just for Rafael Nadal? I approve! They're not McEnroe-esque, (never again, please fashion Gods), but they're not that daggy board short look either. Instead, they're sitting handsomely between Nadal's ample bottom and his dodgy knees. They're showing some serious quad, and of that we can never complain. I will, however, moan about the colour, which looks much more orange than it does here, and about the stupid line around the neck of his shirt. Looks like the underwire of a bra to me. Not a fan of the randomly grey headband either.


Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe For the most part, I like this. I don't think we've seen this particular shade of blue before and I am a big fan of collars on Djokovic. It's very tidy; nothing is trying too hard and there's no weird mismatched colours. But I'm not entirely sure it's a winner's outfit. Still, can't say any of the others I've reviewed are either, and yet chances are one of them will win.


Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images Federer has a massive quad muscle in that photo. That's about the only thing he has going for him though, (apart from a pretty backhand slice). The entire outfit looks like something an ageing veteran would wear, one who is simply grinding out his days on tour and hoping for the odd upset. Ageing he may be, but we all know Federer is no grinder. Nike need to leave the uninspiring colours and designs for the likes of Benjamin Becker. Surely Federer deserves something a little more than this?? Federer, of course, hasn't helped matters by going and chopping off his luscious locks. Hopefully his decline in image does not translate to a decline in results.


Matthew Stockman/Getty Images EuropeYeah, I know. Marin Cilic. Random. But without Andy Murray, it was hard to decide who to review. Berdych lost early, Tsonga looks dull, everyone already knows Monfils looks bad, and Ferrer looks... Lottoey. And then I saw Cilic and I fell in love with his outfit, so why not review him? Cilic is wearing Li-Ning clothing now, and I love that they followed the 'blue and green should never be seen unless with something inbetween' rule to a tee. It's a fresh, colourful look, that is tamed by white shorts and a lack of accessories. I love the zipped collar, and I think the fabric looks really comfy.


What do you think? Agree, disagree? Think we missed someone? Let us know in the comments below.

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Reader Comments (10)

Your Ivanovic hating is astounding. Try and be more professional, please. It's getting tiresome.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndy
Ana's profile on the RG website says shes 69kg. Like hell. How often do they update their weight figures?
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Good call including Marin. His kit is great!

My main thought re: Ivanovic was also that the dress was totally cute but SHOULD totally fit better. So close, Adidas.
May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterS
I agree with the Ivanovic dress analysis - she looks so malnourished it's almost like hanging a dress on a stick ....too many bones sticking out
May 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjulio
Best dressed male of the tournament goes to Richard Gasquet!

And the Lacoste ladies, such as Elena Vesnina and Alize Cornet, are looking as elegant as ever.
May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrett
you do a decent job covering tennis. let's leave it at that though. fashion isn't for you.
June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpvj
Too skinny? Ivanovic's weight loss over 5 years is not extreme or worrisome. Women's bodies can change a lot going from teen to young adult. She looks great! Serena might be judged too fat by a lot of standards but I don't see any signs that she is not comfortable in her own skin. Only blondes can wear navy? That's just stupid!
June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBT
agree that Ivanovic is looking smaller. The dress is a bit big. Hope she's okay.

You missed one-- now that the weather has permitted the long sleeves to come off, I am liking Jankovic's purpley/pink dress.
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartina
Serena is too fat by white people standard. Black women do not judge our bodies against other women of other races, that would be stupid, we are much more muscular, muscles are bigger and heavier. If the majority can't find that attractive that's their problem not ours. I'm thankful that we are now embracing our bodies the way they are. Serena is a great model of that. Message to the author: your bias against Serena's body and features shows in your writing. Don't write about her if you don't know how to.
June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSidjaz
Serena outfit is nice!!! I love it. The best of the French Open. She is just so wonderful. Great inspiration. Love you Serena. From your biggest fan. I hope I get to see you at the US Open. She is why I love women tennis so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nike can do no wrong with Serena Williams. Keep up the good work!!!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

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