The fashions on the courts of Australian Open are a little more subtle this year, but a few things have stood out, most notably the presence of bright yellows and greens — the highlighter shades — for match play.
Gael Monfils (center), now a member of the Asics stable (he was previously with K-Swiss), played in a sleeveless crew — the Frenchman’s trademark — as he upset 18th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(7), 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 in the first round. Andy Murray, on the right, is wearing this season’s Barricade crew, with the same shoulder detail that carried through from the end of last season.
Grey was also the accent color of choice, with the straps on Maria Sharapova‘s Premier Tennis Dress from Nike in that shade (but we’re in love with the futuristic lines at the check and in the racerback), as well as the trims on the men’s adidas adiZero (on Dolgo) and Barricade (Murray) lines for the Australian summer.
More: Lisicki, Caro, Tomic, and the boys of Lotto all wear the brights — see ‘em after the cut…
Germany’s Sabine Lisicki wore a version of the Nike Dri-Fit tank, in yellow, during her match against 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane, who was ranked No. 1 this time last year, won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Wozniacki was playing in the Stella McCartney barricade tennis dress from adidas, which is now worn by players other than Caro (Laura Robson, Andrea Petkovic were both named in the press release). Note the pleating detail on the back of the dress.
Lotto: Worn by fourth seed David Ferrer, fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro (no longer in Reebok), and Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who lost to hometown (reformed?) badboy Bernard Tomic. Mayer lost to Tomic in straight sets in a match that showed off the Australian’s renewed focus.
Tomic’s Nike shoes.
(Monfils and Dolgopolov, Chris Hyde/Getty Images; Tomic, Quinn Rooney/Getty Images; Mayer, Quinn Rooney/Getty Images; Lisicki, AP Photo/Rob Griffith; Wozniacki and Sharapova, Michael Dodge/Getty Images)