Year 2016 was groundbreaking for Angelique Kerber, as the German won two Grand Slam titles and dethroned Serena Williams from the No.1 position in the WTA rankings. The 28-year-old’s clothing sponsor Adidas made sure her rise to the very top was both stylish and comfortable, so let’s have a look at all Kerber’s 2016 tennis clothes as part of Women’s Tennis Blog’s traditional Fashion Retrospections.
Kerber opened the season with a runner-up finish at the Brisbane International, working a classic red tank and sporty burgundy skirt paired with matching Adidas Adizero Ubersonic footwear.
Rocking the Adidas Spring Adizero Tank featuring word “tennis” spelled out in the print and Adidas Spring Adizero Skirt, Kerber made her first big bang of 2016 with stellar performance at the Australian Open, which included an impressive victory over Serena Williams in the final.
The white version of the Australian Open outfit, which those that didn’t like it sometimes called the tablecloth, accompanied Kerber from Miami to Charleston, including her first ever title defense at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
The zebra kit launched at Roland Garros is from a range of tennis clothes that definitely marked the entire 2016 season. Designed by Japanese Yohji Yamamoto, Kerber’s standout combo included the Y-3 tank with bonded straps that shape a “Y” at the back, a black layered skirt with exposed waistband, and a 3/4 sleeve top for colder weather.
Kerber made the Wimbledon final in the white versions of the Adidas Fall Climachill Tank and Adidas Fall Climachill Skirt, featuring a high-performance mix of 3D aluminium-cooling spheres, mesh-like micro fibres and SubZero flat yarns.
In Bastad, Montreal and Cincinnati, Kerber showcased the burgundy Adidas Fall Climachill Tank, which prides itself on supreme ability to cool players down during intense matches. The top features a built-in bra and an adjustable chest band for a customizable fit.
Kerber gave a little twist to the outfit with red wristbands.
En route to the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, Kerber wore a white ensemble with red pops of color. The contrasting dots on the skirt resemble Stella McCartney’s designs such as this one from the Roland Garros collection and this one from the Fall collection.
My favorite Adidas’ collection in 2016 was the one launched the US Open. The unique triangular print inspired by Big Apple’s skyscrapers graced Kerber’s Adidas Fall Pro Skirt and it was perfectly combined with the Adidas Fall Pro Tank, highlighted by the contrast racerback and layers provided by edgy keyholes at the back.
This outfit offers just the right ratio of print and solids, lively colors that are not loud, as well as interesting design elements that bring the edge without going overboard. A perfect outfit for a perfect performance — Grand Slam No.2 for Kerber!
During the Asian swing, the new No.1 Kerber rocked the tech steel version of the famous tank, a calmer look.
The German closed her spectacular season at the WTA Finals in Singapore looking like an ice princess in white and light green tones. The separates are the same as those at the US Open, while the shoes are Adidas Adizero Ubersonic 2.
How would you rate Angelique Kerber’s 2016 when it comes to tennis fashion? I’d give it 5/5, while Adidas’ Fall collection is probably my favorite range of the season overall.
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Loved all of their collections this year. I know there has been a lot of criticism for the Ao collection as well as the zebra print but i’ve loved em as well. The colors of AO collections were so easy on eye and very fresh. My fav though is def USO collection. So much of variety and so many options to mix and match. Even though Angie, Simona and ana were all wearing dresses from same collection, it felt as if if they were wearing very different outfits and all of them were perfectly matching those players personalities. Overall I’d say this year has been about never before seen designs and interesting color combinations A very very big thumbs up from me.
Sru, so you agree with me that the USO clothes were the best. Good observation about the variety: the clothes have the same colors and leitmotifs, but there are also some specific unique aspects of different pieces. A winning combination! I think all brands should replicate that in their ways.
I agree the US design is nice. I particularly like the ice combo Angie wore for the finals. It’s good to have some different options so all the Adidas players don’t look the same. It got very confusing when everyone wears the same Nike gear.
Yea I totally agree. If I were to rank, it’d be USO, Zebra then AO and then wimbledon-USO series (even though very simple, very stylish and athletic). I think Nike should develop personality wise dresses like they used to do with petra, vika,lina,maria, and of course the queen herself . That was such a fun time but now it’s like anyone who isn’t named Serena or maria is going to wear same uniform at every tournament. I think Fila always makes their clothes matching their players personalities (Kim, svetlana then JJ etc..,) it’d be very interesting to see what they have to offer for pliskova next year (now that she’s in top 5, I assume she’s going to be the main focus. Remember I commented on one of these articles last year that FILA should hire young players like pliskova and my predictions came true this year!! I hope I’m right again 😀 )
I agree with you I like AK’s style and choices, my favorite was the Adidas fall pro skirt but with the blue tank that she wore during the Asian swing. And for some reason I really LOVED the zebra kit too! Thanks for the wonderful article, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
CLT, before I remember Adidas’ players were all the same, while Nike had much more variety. Now the situation is reverse.
Sru, Fila is very good, although quite away from the spotlight. I’m not sure they will make drastic changes for Pliskova, but she and Fila are a great match.
Mariana, thank you for your support! Many more similar articles are coming up in the off-season!
Adidas did well with Angie this year, and it will pay off big time as she was player of the year on the WTA tour. And I was a big fan of the Y-3 dazzle print (zebra) especially since some of the guys like Austrian Dominic Thiem sported it as well. FILA corporate is not only in Italy, but also has an office in S. Korea, where they have started a fashion trend in ladies golf. Korean golfer So Yeon Ryu who adorns FILA is well known for her fashion statements in golf, and I believe she rivals American Paula Creamer who wears Adidas.