It feels like years ago I was typing out my fashion blog for the Australian Open while eating takeaways after a long day at the tennis. My tan’s faded and Melbourne is chilly, but the tennis goes on. Roland Garros is usually a Slam that struggles to inspire the absolute best in fashion, possibly due to the lack of night session and proximity to Wimbledon, but this year some of the top players have really stepped it up. One lady in particular has made a comeback both on and off the court with her self-designed label. You know who I’m talking about. Read on and let me know if you agree with my choices in the comments box below.
First there were rumours he’d gone to Nike. That opened a discussion about Sergio Tacchini, and how they’d failed to capitalise on the success of the world No.1 player. But Novak Djokovic stuck with them for a little while longer and in Rome played in an outfit that was little more than a Serbian flag. After that shambles, most Djokovic fans felt ready for the inevitable split and when it did happen chat started again about which company Djokvoic would represent come Roland Garros. I doubt anyone guessed it would be the brand that was revealed just hours after the announcement of the ST split, but Djokovic surprised by signing with Uniqlo, a Japanese company that also sponsors Kei Nishikori and will be looking to make a better job of providing Djokovic fans with quality clothing than ST ever did. Djokovic’s inaugural Uniqlo outfit isn’t all that different from ST; Serbian colours and a collar still feature. However where ST could be a bit gaudy come the Serbian theme, Uniqlo has toned it down to just a few red and white stripes. They may be going for a classic look, but it’s also a bit boring and the man who currently holds three of four Slams surely deserves to stand out a little more. Or maybe they’re just letting Djokovic’s tennis do the talking. Regardless, it’s a solid if not outstanding debut.