With the 2011 season nearing to its end, the players were keen to showcase their fall apparel. With a pretty homogenous view from the courts, it looks like the designers reached a consensus, making purple the star colour of the autumn. It doesn't matter if we are talking about violet, cyclamen, purple, red violet or magenta, but these last months brought about a genuine Purple Rain on both the women's and the men's tour.
It terms of rivalry, the battle of the titans was once again won by Adidas. Nike produced a rather disappointing collection, allowing their stiff rival to stand out once more. However, there is one Nike garment that tops the bill, as Victoria Azarenka stole the show in her red violet - black ensemble. The Belorussian proved worthy of her fashion credentials, consolidating her status as one of the best dressed tennis player. The other Nike ladies though look dull, boring and most worryingly, ill fitted. The tight purple top does not serve the Wimbledon champion well at all, as it reveals her unsexy belly. On the men's side, it looks like Rafael Nadal, who lost his on-court supremacy, has found his fashion mojo. Although a bit too wintery, I liked his snow flake violet T-shirt.
In the Adidas camp, fashion queens Ana Ivanovic and Sorana Cirstea look at their utmost best in playful, joyful and youthful AdiZero clothing. The Serb wore a magenta version of her Wimbledon gown, while the Romanian opted for a magenta top and a colourful magenta-orange skirt. The colour pallette does wonders in combination with their dark skin tone and their dark hair. The same can be said about Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who complements his exuberant on court persona with matchy attire from the same AdiZero collection.
Fashionista wannabe Jelena Jankovic was quick to adapt to the autumn trends. For her last tournament of the year she selected a plain violet ANTA dress, proving once more that you cannot prefabricate fashion sense if there's none. From the boring violet, to the common shape and the lack of glam, the dress marks another miss in Jankovic's long list of ill-thought looks.
|Victoria Azarenka - NIKE (A+)|
|Petra Kvitova - NIKE (D)|
|Julia Goerges - NIKE (C)|
|Na Li - NIKE (D)|
|Lucie Safarova - NIKE (B-)|
|Rafael Nadal - NIKE Rafa Ace (B)|