Style Points: Not quite haute couture, but plenty of fashion aces at Roland Garros – Tennis MagazineFashion
With the clay-court Grand Slam already underway, here’s a roundup of the looks set to hit the courts in Paris—and the outfits that are already catching our eye.
Published May 22, 2022
Published May 22, 2022
With the year’s second Grand Slam taking place in the fashion capital of the world, tennis fans already know to expect some memorable looks to hit the courts at Roland Garros.
This year’s edition is no different, and it certainly did not disappoint—here’s a roundup of the standout collections and outfits leaving their mark on the terre battue.
Drawing its inspiration from the speed of tennis balls, the @DjokerNole collection has everything you need to go beyond your limits. 💪 #TeamLacoste
Discover the Lacoste x Novak Djokovic collection here https://t.co/4S0M5YTNo0 pic.twitter.com/JZl1Ba3SXX
Leading the charge is tournament sponsor Lacoste, a brand simultaneously synonymous with French tennis and sporty-cool style. They also outfit the top men’s players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, who are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 at Roland Garros.
Fittingly, the world No. 1 has been wearing the 2022 Lacoste x Novak Djokovic collection, which features the same zooming tennis ball motif he would have worn at the Australian Open but with a decidedly more clay-themed style in oranges and reds.
See you in the 2nd round @ChristinaMcHale 👋
Congrats on your today's win, keep pushing till the main draw!#RolandGarros #TeamLacoste pic.twitter.com/xIHAuDnWZA
The rest of the players are wearing items from Lacoste’s summer tennis collection, which features light blue and dark blue as accent colors against classic white basics like a polo and pleated skirt—as seen on Christina McHale during qualifying.
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It’s great to see Barbora Krejcikova rocking a brand new outfit—and that’s a sentence I can write for the first time in a while, after the 2021 Roland Garros champion inked a deal with Fila ahead of her title defense.
Fila continues to explore vibrant color and eclectic designs while maintaining a sleek and classic silhouette with the Center Court collection. The tanks, tops, skorts and shorts can be mixed and matched according to players’ preferences, and come in various colorways including peacock pink, primrose yellow and the signature ‘Galaxy’ print.
John Isner in Fila
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Hearkening back to the Impressionists with its freeform color, the print is also featured as a cutout on the back of the men’s polos worn by the likes of John Isner. It’s sewn right alongside the mesh side panels designed for ventilation, which is a great attention to detail.
Elsewhere on the terre battue, Adidas players are probably still deciphering the cuneiform shapes on the items of the Paris collection, which made its debut earlier during the clay court swing.
Sloane Stephens in Nike
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The new Nike outfits have already been spotted at Stade Roland-Garros throughout qualifying week and the first few days of main draw. Asymmetry and strategic cutouts are the theme of the Nike Paris collection, which stands out out from the pack with its relatively subdued color scheme of pale mint, gray, yellow, blue, and beige and white.
The result is the kind of outfit that makes people take a second look, and then another. I’m curious to see who will wear the Paris Slam Dress, which features a single sleeve design in addition to the asymmetric skirt hem, mesh overlays, and a small ribcage cutout. It’s a busy look, but seeing the separates in action on the likes of Sloane Stephens (above) makes me appreciate how the fabric flows with the players’ movement.
Grigor Dimitrov in Nike
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The men’s Summer Slam collection takes decidedly fewer risks—there’s not one cutout in sight, and where’s the fun in that?—but it keeps to the theme with cutouts and taped seams and also features “a knit-in animal print”.
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Meanwhile, Nike’s biggest names, Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal, will be once again in coordinating colorways, this time yellow-green and blue, while sporting items from their own respective collections. We’ve seen both of these outfits throughout the clay season, but they’re worth a closer look.
The Naomi Osaka collection (above) features the Japanese player’s signature crop tops, utility vests and camo-like print, but also includes fresh silhouettes including a corset hoodie and a moisture-wicking bodysuit. Osaka completes the look with custom Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo Naomi shoes in a blue, green and black checkered pattern.
Rafael Nadal in Nike
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Nadal will begin his quest for a 14th Roland Garros title in the ‘ADV Rafa’ collection. The highlight of the outfit is the woven chevron and color blocks on the top, achieved by mixing contrasting mesh and Dri-Fit panels for a flowing design. The look is completed with a pair of custom Nike Zoom Vapor Cage 4 Rafa shoes.
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Asics has definitely struck gold with Iga Swiatek. Their on-court looks have gotten quite a bit of air-time since the Pole took over the WTA’s No. 1 spot and began racking up the consecutive wins into the double digits.
Their Paris Collection is a winner as well, with Swiatek sporting separates in a lively print with blue, seafoam green and pops of coral. While it’s the same silhouette she’s been wearing all year, blues are always a smart color choice to contrast against red clay—as we saw during Swiatek’s dominant performances in Stuttgart and Rome.
We are so blessed that Aslan Karatsev has a clothing sponsor now to make these fits possible. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/bXxvzMOV3C
I’ll leave you with this final gem from Hydrogen, whose tennis collections are nothing if not instantly memorable—and meme-able.
Aslan Karatsev signed with the Italian sportswear brand at the start of the year, and while he’s already bowed out of Roland Garros after an epic five-set defeat on Sunday, his ‘Tattoo Tech Tee’ from their 2022 collection certainly left its mark.