Adidas is among the most present clothing companies in the tennis world and after featuring the brand’s Barricade line on the example of Andrea Petkovic, it’s my pleasure to review the Adidas Adilibria and Adizero dresses worn by Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic.
From January’s Australian Open to April, Ivanovic and Hantuchova wore the beautiful purple Adidas Adilibria dress with an open back, which looks nice but is not favorable for tanning. At Indian Wells Hantuchova also sported the tank from the collection, combined with a white skort.
In Stuttgart Hantuchova launched the pink and orange version of the dress and it was present throughout the clay season, including Roland Garros, and the start of the grass-court season in Birmingham and Eastbourne. In Birmingham semifinals Hantuchova and Ivanovic even played against each other in the same dresses – is that the thing Bethanie Mattek Sands dreads?
At Wimbledon Ivanovic and Hantuchova launched the Adidas Women’s Fall Adizero Feather dress, but right after the white Grand Slam they went for the colored version of the dress.
At Stanford Hantuchova and Ivanovic displayed the intense blue, and at the US Open we got to see the sharp red version on them.
Towards the end of the season Hantuchova switched back to the blue dress, while Ivanovic remained faithful to the pink one and defended her season-ending Bali title in it.
I have always been a fan of Adidas, especially of their dresses, and all their designs for 2011 were beautiful. The only thing is that there have been too many practically identical red/pink dresses in a short period: from the last year’s Adidas Women’s Fall Adilibria dress to the fresh pink and orange Adizero dress during the claycourt season and Adidas Women’s Fall Adizero Feather dress. I can hardly make the difference, especially between the first and the third one.
If I had to pick my favorite, it would be the royal purple with green dress, but the pink/orange one is also amazing, especially for red clay. What’s your impression of Adidas’ efforts in 2011?
Reminder: Hantuchova used to wear Nike and in 2008 I made an overview of her on-court outfits. Overall, the Slovak looks equally good in both brands. As for Ivanovic, last year I presented her outfits in comparison to Maria Kirilenko’s, while in 2008 I went a step further and on top of the article I made a video, presented above. (photos: © Neal Trousdale, sr_cranks, Glee_Girl, Robertus Pudyanto)