The tennis season has officially begun!
Roland Garros French Open started last weekend here in Paris and I am already getting excited about that final on centre court! After watching Federer winning on a screen under the Eiffel Tower along with thousands of other people picnicking in the sun the excitement of the tournament has increased significantly for me.
Having worked at Wimbledon for the last four years as a ball girl turned court coverer the Roland Garros seems a completely different competition. The first and maybe most obvious is the choice of outfits that the players choose to wear. At Wimbledon the players are made to follow extremely strict rules such as:
1) Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.
2) White does not include off white or cream.
3) There should be no solid mass or panel of colouring. A single trim of colour around the neckline and around the cuff of the sleeve is acceptable but must be no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
Even Roger Federer himself last year has some telling off as the soles of his all white shoes that matched his all white outfit had too much orange on them – naughty. Seems a little extreme but it does make the tournament more about the tennis. For the Roland Garros tournament in Paris it is all about the fashion from Serena Williams’s penchant for bright geometric headbands to Thanasi Kokkinakis’s full-throttle neon get-ups. Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova are also two tennis players who became almost as famous for what they would wear on the court as they were for their stellar performances. While Kournikova favored short, tight, and midriff baring outfits, Sharapova designed all of her uniforms, adding menswear elements and Swarovski crystals. Venus and Serena Williams constantly present outlandish outfits that demanded attention on the court—red and black lace dresses and sparkly catsuits, to name a few. And although in abiding by the longstanding rules, the sisters wore whites at Wimbledon, they still found a way, through revealing cuts and embellishments, to make their uniforms stand out.
2015 Grand Slam Tournaments
- 09/01/2015 Australian Open – Melbourne, Australia (Hard) | Prize Money Aus$ 17,768,600
- 25/05/2015 Roland Garros – Paris, France (Clay) | Prize money € 13,008,000
- 29/06/2015 Wimbledon – London, England (Grass) | Prize money £12,568,000
- 31/08/2015 US Open – New York, USA (Hard) | Prize money TBC
Even if you’re not going to Wimbledon this year, popping to Paris for Roland Garross or taking a well deserved city break for the US Open, you can bring the tennis action to you – through your wardrobe choices. They don’t all have to be overt tennis references. Think about adding a dropped-waist dress into your repertoire or an umpire-style jacket, a pleated skirt, a hoodie and of course some shorts.
As long as you look the part no one will ever know if you can actually play the part!