Whilst watching the 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore this week, and trying to absorb and mentally catalogue as much of the great tennis as possible, I obviously couldn’t stop myself from also analysing what the players were wearing. Between the Singles and Doubles players, many brands including Nike, adidas, Lotto Sport, Fila, Lacoste, Qiaodan, and Tonic Active were on the court-walk*, and my eager eye was constantly looking out for tennis fashion inspiration.
Unfortunately I was quite disappointed by many of the outfits. There weren’t many new pieces on show, perhaps unsurprisingly as it is the end of the season, but seeing the players wear a single outfit throughout the tournament was rather tiresome.
Nevertheless, the WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova looked great in her blue, red and white Lacoste dress, though I personally would not feel comfortable with such a tight dress. The matching white head band looked very stylish, but I don’t think she should have paired the outfit with neon yellow and pink trainers.
I found the Nike skirts to be too flouncy with too much material, and I think the overall effect makes the players look bigger than they are. Take a look at Madison Keys below – whilst the reason for her to frequently tuck the skirt into her shorts might not be just due to the extra material, I would probably do the same in this skirt.
The adidas pastel geometric prints worn by Angelique Kerber are pretty, and there is not much to fault, but at the same time I think the look is a bit wishy-washy. Instead, Simona Halep managed to brighten up the style by pairing her shorts with different bold coloured tops (though I would have worn them with the skirt!).
The green adidas by Stella McCartney Baricade skirt was beautifully paired with a sky blue top by Garbine Muguruza, and even contrasted with the colours of the court, making for a perfect photo opportunity. I’m not convinced about the black tennis shoes with these colours, however.
The outfit I liked the least was worn by Svetlana Kuznetsova for Qiaodan. There was too much turquoise, which is a colour I don’t really care for, and I wasn’t sure about the swirly pattern on the skirt.
An article on tennis player fashion would not be complete without mentioning Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and whilst I have not liked many of her past choices, I love the fact that she experiments with fashion on the tennis court and I think she just about got it right with this blue and black combination (even if I wouldn’t personally wear the knee-length socks).
My favourite look of the week has to go to Fila for their new Chanel-inspired Court Couture line. Maybe it is because I am a bit obsessed with black and white at the moment, but I don’t think it is just that. I like the fact the cut is fitted but flattering, and the matching jacket is both practical and classy, as demonstrated by Karolina Pliskova:
According to Tennis Identity you can shop this monochrome look through Tennis Warehouse from 1st November. I’m glad it is out at the beginning of the month when my credit cards still have some available credit for tennis clothing shopping!
I’m looking forward to seeing what the new season will bring in terms of tennis fashion, and of course if any tennis brand would like to run their ideas by me I am always available! Let me know whose tennis outfits you would (or wouldn’t) wear in the comments below.
* Acknowledgements go to Tennis Identity for this brilliant expression!