Take a look at some of the extraordinary styles that ruled the clay courts of the French Open.
Marija Zivlak
June 16, 2018

The French Open dominated WTA fashion in May, with many head-turning looks making their debut in Paris even though the tournament started late into the month. 

After presenting her Top 5 Roland Garros outfits, Marija Zivlak of Women’s Tennis Blog will have a look at other extraordinary styles that ruled the pinnacle of the clay-court season.

Serena Williams (Jimmie48 Photography)

Playing her first Grand Slam as a mom, Serena Williams sent a strong message with her skin-tight Nike bodysuit, telling us that she’s coming back as fierce as ever, ready to fearlessly push boundaries and rule the game of tennis in every way.

Serena Williams (Jimmie48 Photography)

“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, (a) queen from Wakanda,” the 36-year-old legend described her Catwoman look. “I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Serena Williams (Jimmie48 Photography)

Glittery Nike shoes rounded out Serena’s showstopping look.

Jelena Ostapenko (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

The adidas Roland Garros Tank includes an extraordinary detail that makes it stand out from the competition - a chic pleated overlay that makes the tank unique from every angle, as we can see here on the 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, Angelique Kerber and Anett Kontaveit.

Angelique Kerber (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Look how beautiful the pleated element looks on the back of this tight-fitted racerback tank. The three stripes on the chest are a nod to Parisian tennis heritage and style.

Anett Kontaveit (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

The adidas Roland Garros Skirt with darted pleats on the hem that add subtle flair is a match for the outstanding tank which exists in colors chalk coral and noble indigo.

Karolina Pliskova (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Fila is known for nurturing clean lines and traditional color palettes, but this year at the French Open they plunged into pastel hues and unusual design details such as the pleated lower back panel and layered mesh back tiers of Karolina Pliskova’s tank from the Elite collection.

Karolina Pliskova (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

The Czech balanced the busy tank with lilac chiffon Fila Elite Skirt.

Karolina Pliskova (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

The ace queen also presented the full-printed version of this outfit.

Elise Mertens (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Lotto’s eye-catching detail was the extended black ruffle in the back of the Batik Skirt seen here on Elise Mertens. It’s interesting how they merged a classic sporty look of the short-sleeved Batik Top and the front of the skirt with the dramatic back ruffle that gives the outfit an extravagant feel.

Alize Cornet (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Alizé Cornet promoted the elegant Lotto Batik Dress, named after the art of decorating cloth using wax and dye.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Also including a black-and-white print in her outfit was Bethanie Mattek Sands, but the American, famous for her fashion risks and experiments, paired her sleeveless top with a vibrant tassel skirt, bringing a carnival vibe to the world’s most prestigious clay courts.

Sorana Cirstea (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Sorana Cirstea looked flawless in the New Balance Print Tournament Dress. Black mesh around the neckline and on the racerback is nicely matched with the print that shades into a solid white mesh double-layer skirt with slit. The elongated keyhole cutout on the back provides sporty elegance.

Garbiñe Muguruza (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Garbiñe Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki showed that dark colors are perfectly fine for summer collections, as their slim-fitted adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade Dress is equipped with Climachill moisture management and abundant laser-cuts that provide ventilation while adding texture, thus enhancing the visual appeal of the racerback item.

Caroline Wozniacki (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

The subtle contrasting side panels are there for a figure-slimming effect, while the cute flared skirt hem gives femininity to this athletic-style dress.

After enjoying the abundance of colors during the clay-court season, we’re now looking forward to Wimbledon, where tennis apparel companies will strive to come up with innovative and memorable looks that comply with the strict all-white clothing rule.