Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wear This, Not That! 2011 French Open

As the 2011 French Open draws to a close, we again take on the role of “Tennis Fashion Police.” After reviewing this years contenders, here are a few on-court style recommendations based on the ever-important Four C’s of Tennis Fashion: comfort, cut, coordination and color!
WEAR THIS…                    NOT THAT!
Arantxa Rus Arantxa Rus of Netherlands serves during the women's singles round two match between Arantxa Rus of Netherlands and Kim Clijsters of Belgium on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2011 in Paris, France. Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia serves during the women's singles round one match between Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 22, 2011 in Paris, France.

If you are a “ruffle girl” like Arantxa Rus (top left), we recommend this adorable Adidas adiZero orange tennis tank and pink skirt. The flattering fit and stylish ruffles allow easy on-court movement while ClimaCool® and ForMotion™ technology (along with the internal-compression short) keep Arantxa cool and comfortable on the French clay! In addition, bright colors add pizzazz to any tennis player!

While this pastel-orange tennis dress worn by Magdalena Rybarikova (top right) appears to be fairly comfortable, it is shapeless and unexciting! We recommend a better cut and a brighter color.
WEAR THIS…                    NOT THAT!
Svetlana Kuznetsova - 2011 French Open - Day One Francesca Schiavone Francesca Schiavone of Italy plays a forehand during the women's singles quarterfinal match between Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Francesca Schiavone of Italy on day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2011 in Paris, France.

If you want to wear shorts, then WEAR SHORTS for goodness sake! Svetlana Kuznetsova (top left) sports a well-cut tennis outfit by Fila - Whiteline Sleeveless Tennis Polo and Essenza Knit Tennis Short that fulfill all four C’s and add a fifth: contrast - and, it suits her athletic persona!

Francesca Schiavone could use a little color (even black) and contrast in addition to a better cut. This “pajama dress” is just too frilly for such an athletic player and obviously not that comfortable, hence the unattractive addition of the compression short. We recommend a sportier look for Francesca and some bright color to accompany her feisty, on-court personality!
WEAR THIS…                    NOT THAT!
Samantha Stosur Samantha Stosur of Australia serves during the women's singles round two match between Simona Halep of Romania and Samantha Stosur of Australia on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2011 in Paris, France. Rennae Stubbs - 2011 French Open - Day Five

While we are not sure if it is Samantha Stosur or fellow Aussie, Rennae Stubbs who is the copycat, our point here is to develop a style that is all your own!

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