French Open fashion: five new trends on the tennis courts

While sweatbands and headbands have long been part of the tennis style shtick, socks have previously only really come in the short, white and bright variety.


No longer. In a bid to make the humble sock – currently a "thing" in fashion, when worn with heels – more of a statement, the US player Bethanie Mattek-Sands wears hers pulled up to the knee, with 70s-style shorts. As look that recalls Michael Cera's running outfit in Juno, it's certainly hipster-friendly.


The Williams sisters are always at the forefront of tennis trends – see cutouts, tutus and denim. So it was big news when Venus spurned the short dresses that still inexplicably come as standard for female tennis players for a pair of knee-length leggings (albeit as part of a girly pink ensemble). Expect others to follow – the Japanese player Kimiko Date-Krumm already has. Bravo.

Colour blocking

If off-court fashion has seen colour-blocking become a major trend in the last few years, tennis is the unexpected home of the latest twist in the trend – micro-colour blocking. Spain's Guillermo García-López wore a very stylish Lacoste shirt at the French Open, with slivers of colour brightening up his game. Recalling the designs on Head polo shirts in the 90s, a mainstream take-up is only a matter of time.


Seen on the catwalk at House of Holland this season, tie-dye is the print to have on the tennis court too – it was recently worn in a pink and purple colourway by the Russian player Olga Puchkova.


It is nice to see that the sports classics still pass muster. Neon colourways are a favourite for trainers (see the current hot shoe Airmax 90), and tennis is showing they can work across entire outfits too. The Canadian player Milos Raonic wore black and highlighter yellow for a match at the French Open. Matching the colour scheme of his New Balance trainers across shorts, T-shirt, headband and sweatbands was a particular highlight.

Powered by article was written by Lauren Cochrane, for on Monday 3rd June 2013 11.57 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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