Another Grand Slam comes to a close and we can’t move on just yet before weighing in on the fashion hits and misses at the opening major of the year.
Many players brought their A-game to the ‘Happy Slam’ Down Under, but others perhaps tried a little too hard — or more like their clothing sponsors did.
From Nike’s hot pink, to the Mizuno fluorescent… the tournament at Melbourne Park was certainly a bright one.
Here’s a look at some of the most memorable outfits from the 2018 Australian Open.
The adidas romper gets points for creativity and style. Not so much for the obvious sweat patches. We’re not sure how easy it was to get in and out of, and it probably added a few minutes to those mid-match toilet breaks, but we still give it a thumbs up and hope we see more jumpsuits on tour. (We’ll always give credit to Alize Lim for her romper game).
Whether worn with the sleeveless top or the t-shirt, the Nike shorts look was brilliant in its class and simplicity. Madison Keys, Caroline Garcia, Elina Svitolina and Elena Vesnina were just some of the women to rock that number in Melbourne.
We love a good old classic Sergio Tacchini shirt any day of the week. Mate Pavic won the men’s doubles title on Sunday wearing one, while Goran Ivanisevic sported the same look in Legends’ action this past fortnight.
The Fila pleated skirt, donned by Ashleigh Barty, Timea Babos and others, combined the brand’s classic palette of red, white and navy, with a contemporary twist.
Nike’s variations on the hot pink grew on us as the tournament progressed. Roger Federer said he was part of the reason the brand kitted up their players in that colour and we must say most of them wore it well.
The New Balance kit worn by the likes of Heather Watson and Nicole Gibbs had beautiful details. From the white stitched trim, to the front slit, to the cool racerback, this outfit was a winner.
The sky blue striped kit from adidas that Alexander Zverev wore was a sleek choice. Shame we didn’t see much of it.
Fabio Fognini has done many unforgivable things on a tennis court in the past. This is another one. An inexplicable design from Hydrogen!
Maria Sharapova’s dress with mesh sleeves and inserts is a creative design from Nike and would make for a great outfit for a fancy brunch out. Not so much for sweating it out on a tennis court in 40-degree weather.
The Mizuno neon yellow kit was not easy on the eyes, especially on the doubles court. Also seen in singles on Tennys Sandgren, while Malek Jaziri took it a step further by going neon AND sleeveless.
Baking under the scorching Melbourne sun, Andre Agassi chose this black Nike hat to protect him. We sympathise with everyone who braved the Australian Open heat, but we argue that surely Agassi could have come up with a better option.
While we don’t disagree with Andy Murray that for Rafael Nadal, “sleeveless is better”, we must say that Nike’s twist on their hot pink look for the Spaniard was more sleepwear than activewear.