Spring Fashion Preview

I just love the start of a new season because that means new tennis apparel! This spring, Nike and Adidas have launched new gear in very bright colors, with a few exceptions. And Center Court Catwalk is your exclusive guide to this season’s tennis fashions.
Nike has five main groups of apparel for women this season: Maria Sharapova group, Vibrant Group, Spark Group, Crimson Group and New Basics Group.
The Maria Sharapova group seems to be the exception to the bright-tennis-clothes-rule. The line, which includes the dress Sharapova wore at the 2011 Aussie Open, features muted tones of gray and peach. While classy—as Sharapova always is—I find it a bit boring.

Nike Women's Sharapova Group

Nike’s Vibrant Group features shades of light blue and bright green. Nike’s Spark group is all pink with white and black accents. Nike’s Crimson Group seems to be exactly like the previous two collections, just in a reddish orange shade. Nothing to write home about. Finally, Nike’s New Basics Group may not have any show stoppers but they are classic pieces in navy blue, black, and white.

(L to R) Nike Women's Vibrant Smash tank and skirt, Nike Women's Spark Set Point dress

Nike took the same bright colors approach for outfitting their men this spring. The Spring Challenger Group—which seems to favor Roger Federer—features shades of yellow and bright blue with some dark gray mixed in. I just hope none of Nike’s players decide to wear the plaid shorts that are part of this collection. But since Gael Monfils is with K Swiss, it’s probably a safe bet that no one will.

Nike Men's Challenger Group (including--yikes!--the plaid shorts)

Nike’s men’s other collection, the Spring Showdown Group—which seems to favor Rafael Nadal—features shades of red, orange, light blue and gray…and unfortunately more plaid shorts.

Nike Men's Showdown Group

While I like the bright colors approach, Adidas may have gone too far. The women’s spring Barricade collection and men’s Adizero collection feature pieces in neon green, neon pink, and black. The colors can be blinding, especially the women’s tank in “intense green” with “fresh pink” trim or the men’s polo in black with “intense green” trim and finger paint motif stretching across the front in pink, green, and yellow.

(L to R) Adidas Women's Barricade tank and skort, Adidas Men's Adizero polo, shorts, and crew

Adidas does however, have a saving grace this season, and that is its women’s Adizero collection. While it does include “intense green”, it tones it down with the contrasting colors “collegiate purple” and white.

Adidas Women's Adizero skort and tank

Finally, Caroline Wozniacki gets a fashion group all to herself, as she is the only player who wears Adidas by Stella McCartney. This collection is largely white and navy blue with pleats and ruffles being the resounding features. Since we saw Woz at the Aussie Open in pleats, hopefully she will try out the ruffles in the collection…though based on the looks of the tank with ruffle, that may not be a good idea.

Adidas by Stella McCartney white dress and blue tank with ruffle

The thing I like most about the spring collections by both Adidas and Nike is that the women’s clothes flow. The skirts and the tops, provided they are the same color, look to become one piece and create a dress. I like this move back towards the more feminine pieces because, I personally, was getting very sick of seeing women playing in matches—not on the practice courts, which I have no problem with—in shorts. Tennis is a classy sport and the clothes need to reflect that.
But of course I am not the ultimate authority on tennis fashion. What do you think? Which collection would you wear?

*All photos courtesy of TennisWarehouse.com

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  1. […] their simplicity, which is a nice change from Nike’s busy looks, as well as Adidas’ own neon looks from years past. Aside from the black for player heat safety reasons, the only one I don’t like is the […]


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