Watson and Gibbs sport Spring 2017 New Balance collection in Indian Wells


British world No.108 Heather Watson and American world No.94 Nicole Gibbs kicked off main-draw play at the BNP Paribas Open, showcasing New Balance‘s vibrant spring collection.

Thanks to my photographer Jimmie48, who attended the match, we have fresh photos from the tournament’s first main-draw encounter and I can show you how the new New Balance clothes look in action. As you can see, the latest collection is youthful, sporty and vibrant, just as most New Balance’s lines.

Defying gravity, Gibbs won the first set 6-4 and wonderfully displayed the orange version of the ultra lightweight Spring Richmond Tank, a halter-shaped top featuring sublimated print and perforations at back to further enhance the product’s heat-transfer performance. Retailers call this color sunrise, while the tank also exists in deep ozone blue.

Watson stormed back from a set down against her wildcard opponent, showing us a unique thin racerback design. The Brit won the next two sets 6-2, including ten of the last 12 games.

Heather and Nicole paired the energetic tank with the Spring Heath Skirt, which seems more flirty and puffy than other all-around pleated skirts we’ve had in women’s tennis fashion these years, probably because of the stretch tulle mesh. The skirt also features a contrast perforated elastic waistband and built-in compression shorts.

The New Balance 996v3 footwear completes Heather’s and Nicole’s look in spring 2017.

After the all-New Balance encounter, Watson will have an all-British match in the second round, playing 11th-ranked compatriot Johanna Konta.


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