With tennis clothing companies gearing up for the French Open, April was a calm before the storm in the world of tennis fashion. As the month was highlighted by Maria Sharapova’s return to action, Nike’s classic summer collection got the much-deserved spotlight. Marija Zivlak of Women's Tennis Blog will show us the apparel that marked the 2017 WTA April.
Three-time Porsche Tennis Grand Prix champion Maria Sharapova progressed all the way to the tournament semifinals in the tart version of the sporty Nike Summer Maria Premier Tank, equipped with a double layer in the front for supreme coverage and mesh back panel for extra breathability, and the hydrangeas Nike Summer Maria Premier Skirt, subtly standing out with its bonded laser perforated panel at the no-sew hem.
The 30-year-old Russian’s return to competitive tennis was celebrated by her sponsor Head, who introduced a clean, elegant, high-end Sharapova Series Court Bag. It’s a racquet bag and a tote in one, holding up to three racquets and protecting them from the heat by climate control technology CCT+. Sharapova was involved in the design process and she opted for a timeless, neutral palette, that will look fashionable for years to come, while rose gold touches are her favorite details.
Earlier in April, Daria Kasatkina drove away with her first WTA trophy and a premium SUV by winning an all-teen final of the Premier-level Volvo Car Open, assisted by Nike’s summer outfit and its Dri-FIT technology. The lightweight pique fabric of the Nike Summer Slam Tank brings softness and improves airflow, while the compressive fit and built-in shorts of the Nike Summer Power Spin Skirt offer supportive comfort. The 19-year-old’s slides on the green Charleston clay were safeguarded by the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Shoe, whose dominant orange color matched the high density Swoosh contrasting the vivid purple separates.
At this spring’s tournaments, Karolina Pliskova rocked Fila’s new Heritage collection, which beautifully blends modern and retro aesthetic. The color selection and sporty cuts exude tradition, while a contemporary feel is brought by subtle details such as this unique racerback of the Fila Spring Heritage II Strappy Tank we enjoyed during the Czech’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix run to the final four.
The world number three paired the tank’s timeless stripes with subtle white and green contrasts of the navy Fila Spring Heritage II Pleated Skirt.
Vote for your favorite classic sporty designs that graced the courts in April and make sure to get ready for the extravagance Roland Garros is bound to bring in May!