Grand Slams have always been the most prestigious places for players to measure their tennis powers, but in recent years the world of tennis fashion is growing ever more competitive as well and the 2015 French Open will provide a high-end platform for sports apparel brands to showcase their best designs and attract attention to themselves
Ana Ivanovic will make a brief departure from adidas adizero and wear the avant-garde items from Yohji Yamamoto's collection officially called the adidas Roland Garros Collection by Y-3 ('Y' references the renowned designer's name, '3' stands for adidas' three signature stripes, while '-' represents the bond between the two). The aesthetic is merging Yamamoto's characteristic black-and-white looks and Hawaiian floral prints, exceptionally beautifully executed in the adidas adizero Y-3 Tempaia III shoes, while we are all eagerly waiting to see if the 2008 French Open champion will include the bold knee-high socks when she steps on the court.
Caroline Wozniacki, as the representative of adidas Barricade by Stella McCartney, will sport amber yellow tones of a dress featuring color-blocks and flowers, which seem to be Stella's favorite design elements. This time the floral details on skirt have a special twist, combining print and embroidery.
According to Fila, their top name Jelena Jankovic will wear separates this time around, the sunny lime Fila Spring Goddess Strappy Back Tank, one of five silhouettes of tops in the collection, and the Fila Spring Goddess Zip Slip Skirt, one of two available types of skorts that go with the tops. Julia Goerges will also wear items from the Goddess collection, while, interestingly, the brand also created the Spirit collection and Vera Zvonareva will promote those styles in Paris.
Agnieszka Radwanska's Lotto dress is by far my favorite fashion topic of this French Open. The Italian brand has only been on the extremes lately, either absolutely bland or absolutely bold. Their new Lotto Lux Dress Diamond has not left anyone indifferent, plus, some practical questions have been raised, primarily, whether the item will reflect light and distract opponents. Whatever the case, this dress will definitely make tennis fashion history.
Venus Williams' fashion designer career is hitting new heights with every collection she releases and that's also the case with her new EleVen Fleur De Monde Group, dominated by purple tones and floral prints. The American legend will wear this EleVen Fleur De Monde Print Dress, featuring lovely crisscross straps and stylish keyhole cutouts on upper back.
The world of tennis apparel is expanding and advancing every day, but Nike is still leading the pack and all eyes are always on what Maria Sharapova will wear. At the upcoming French Open, the Russian defending champion is expected to sport the white and blue Nike Summer Maria Paris Tunic, including French Breton-inspired stripes, T-back design, mesh waistband and skirt with micro pleats. The Nike Court Zoom Vapor 9 Tour x Colette shoes are telling a story of their own, but my favorite feature is the quote stitched into the liner: "I am not the next anyone, I am the first Maria Sharapova".
However, I have to add that Sharapova did have surprising outfit switches in the past and it is possible that she may even wear something else at Roland Garros 2015.
Victoria Azarenka will complement the red clay in the Nike Advantage Dri-FIT Cool Tank in fuchsia glow with hot lava stripes, paired with the Nike Victory Printed Skirt and Nike Zoom Cage 2 shoes.
You must be wondering why Serena Williams' dress is not included. Interestingly, the world number one still does not have a dedicated outfit, at least not officially.
Estonian number one Kaia Kanepi has just signed a clothing deal with Sofibella Life.Style, an athletic women's apparel company designed and manufactured in the United States. All the company's clothes are made from award-winning imported Italian fabrics containing the LYCRA® SPORT and LYCRA® BEAUTY certificates and Kanepi will go to Paris equipped with these stylish separates.
Lacoste's athletes, primarily Alize Cornet and Elena Vesnina, have the laser blue and white outfits ready for the French Open. In the promotional images above, you can see Cornet wearing the Lacoste Spring Pleated Skirt and the Lacoste Spring Tank highlighted by a keyhole cutout at center back. As you have certainly noticed, the fashionable tanks in recent years cannot do without an intricate back design. Lacoste has provided the Lacoste Spring Sleeveless Polo, also available in navy, and the Lacoste Spring Drawstring Skirt with contrast piping on sides for all those firm tennis fashion traditionalists who still like to have a bit of an edge.
Heather Watson will take the Roland Garros courts in the light blue kit consisting of the New Balance Spring Challenger Print Tank with diagonal stripes and the coordinating skirt, while the Brit will slide on the French clay in these lightweight and stable New Balance 996v2 shoes.
Tennis fashion enthusiasts have many reasons to look forward to the 2015 French Open!