In New York, bawdy crowds and brazen physical gestures beget bold colors and cuts. Here, with all the pomp these pumped-up looks deserve, are the fashion winners of the 2019 US Open, including picks for the best dressed men's and women's pros.
Garbine Muguruza, Kristina Mladenovic, Anna Kalinskaya and others in Adidas' cadre of performers donned a frock that gave off a slouchy-sleepwear vibe and appeared the epitome of comfort.
Denis Kudla, Hyeon Chung, Jeremy Chardy, and more ATPeers rocked a fresh Lacoste polo with tennis ball–colored accents.
Continuing to wear an elbow-supporting sleeve, Venus Williams made the most and turned out a clean, no-frills-yet-fashionable look, largely in black and white, with the eponymous EleVen by Venus skirting print flecked with pink and periwinkle.
Daria Kasatkina, Victoria Azarenka, Aryna Sabalenka, et al., sported a clean Nike look, if fairly briefly in singles play. Comfy separates came in black and white with predominant purple. This garb arrived off-the-rack ready for club players while still taking it up a notch for major-event action.
Madison Keys, Bianca Andreescu, and more sported the same sharp design, sometimes with the colors inverted.
Perpetuating Nike's purple motif, or leading on it, Rafael Nadal produced a muscular-but-sleek look in all-black for evening matches. He opted for a lavender sleeveless top by day ...
... but always sported the coolest kicks of any competitor.
In Ellesse this year, Johanna Konta won out again in a lovely white number with red and blue chevrons that perhaps called up the Union Jack (without being cloying or on the nose about it).
Men's — Dressed in Uniqlo color-blocking that Roger Federer should covet, Kei Nishikori delivered with an effortlessly chic polo and complementary shorts and treads. Obviously the No. 1 Japanese pro predated the Fed-Uniqlo match-making, but it's still strange that his threads are so aspirational while the GOAT's kits generally come off a bit yawn-inducing.
Women's — In a unique Nike kit in partnership with Sacai, Naomi Osaka looked like a tigress with her flowing, curly locks and orange-and-black colorways. The ruffle across her shoulder blades was suspect perhaps, but the non-linear pleated skirt elevated the look. That Sacai brought Osaka's color recommendations to the design proved a testament to the say she has, and her staying power.
In the event that it doesn't occur again, let it be said that Margarita Gasparyan and a few fellow WTA players made a major fashion aces list—this via Fila with crisp horizontal lines and a just-right, photographable sensibility. The brand has been on a roll with some players in its stable. (That's foreshadowing. See below.)
In a New Balance dress that was novel for depicting aerial views of tennis courts, a collab with Gitman Vintage, Coco Gauff had a look all her own.
Rajeev Ram sported the shorts version, telling one tweeter, "I'm wearing the Coco Gauff line."
Making a mesh, in the best way, in Flushing, Caty McNally and a cohort of Adidas endorsers wore tops with all-mesh backs to them that served to surprise and delight. When Adidas got it right in this event, which was often, they truly did it up. Bravo.
Both Paolo Lorenzi, in an Australian tee...
... and Stan Wawrinka, decked out in a Yonex polo, put on retro-style tops that might have hailed from high-end vintage boutiques.
Equal parts classic and current, Fila won out with the kits adorning Karolina Pliskova and Marin Cilic, among other competitors.
Simple and stately, yet fun.
Relishing a lavender hue like Nadal did, Serena Williams sported a breathable Nike dress with flattering black belting, full sleeves, and a veiled see-through bust. That last feature of the three was more obvious in the night-session black version (which forsook the skirt in favor of a straight-up bodysuit).
Perhaps only on Grigor Dimitrov was this bold Nike shirt going to work ... and it came to pass. (Meanwhile, the predominantly white version with purple inside the "V" will go down as a repressed memory.)
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