New Balance gears up for Roland Garros 2017


The French Open qualifying is now underway and I have just received information about New Balance‘s designs for the claycourt Grand Slam.

For Heather Watson, New Balance prepared the Spring Brunton Dress and we already got to see it in action on Tuesday as the Brit advanced to the second round of qualifying by beating Russian Anastasiya Komardina 3-6 7-5 6-1. The dress stands out with its watercolor print and keyhole back detail, while performance is enhanced by lightweight perforated stretch woven back panel and skirt.

For warm-up, Watson wears a jewel multi version of the New Balance First Jacket, which also exists in white, sported by New Balance’s other representatives — Nicole Gibbs, Sorana Cirstea and Misaki Doi.

When it comes to footwear, New Balance’s ladies will wear the 996v3 shoes, a recently redesigned premium tennis model with the first ever knit, nylon-infused upper; an innovative, form-fitting fabric design that is heat-fused for strength and durability to support players during intense matches. The v3 includes a newly designed PROBANK to improve lateral stability and cut through the competition.

New Balance’s representatives other than Watson will wear the deep ozone blue version of the Spring Richmond Tank and the pigment w/ deep ozone blue Spring Heath Skirt. As you certainly remember, these designs graced the tennis courts this spring at many tournaments, while I presented the collection in detail during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Let me add that we’ve already seen the Roland Garros separates in action, as evident in this Mutua Madrid Open photo of Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.



  1. I really like how fluffy the pleated skirt looks on Sori.

    CLT, why do you think there’s no unity in the collection? I think it’s well-coordinated.

  2. I suppose the blue in the dress is the same as the blue in the striped outfit but it is a very different sort of style. I like the adidas collections where they have different outfits but they are all coordinated.

  3. CLT, the dress and the separates are different indeed, it’s just that colors are similar, but one doesn’t pair a dress with separates, it’s important that there are shoes and jackets to match. If you know what I mean.


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