Roland Garros 2017: Nike dresses for Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams

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Nike‘s biggest WTA stars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams will both be absent from the 2017 French Open, the Russian because of being denied a wildcard and the American because of her pregnancy, but their clothing giant did create their dresses for Paris, just in case.

It’s rather strange that Maria and Nike opted for such a dark and simple design for Roland Garros. The Nike Summer Maria Premier Tunic, also known as the NikeCourt Power Maria Tennis Dress, features a U-shaped neck, racerback and dropped back hem for optimal coverage, while in terms of performance, the item is equipped with Nike Power fabric for stretch and support, Dri-FIT technology for dryness and comfort and strategically-placed mesh insets for good ventilation. When it comes to color, at first glance the dress looks solid black or navy, but it’s actually purple dynasty with touches of black and hydrangeas.

The Nike Summer Power Premier Dress is what Serena Williams would wear if she weren’t nurturing a future tennis champion in her belly. Even though Tennis Warehouse calls it a dress, it’s actually a romper whose shorts are made of Nike Flex fabric that stretches with your body and whose top provides compression and support thanks to Nike Power fabric. Just as Maria’s dress, the romper features Dri-FIT technology to help keep players dry. Moreover, there is a bonded back zipper for easy on and off. The color is paramount blue, with a distinctive paint stain print on one side.



  1. I like Serena’s look better than Maria’s. But I’m not feeling the paint stain/blot thing on the nike kits for french open. It looks unnecessary and out of place. It’s nice that Serena’s look takes her back to the cat suit/ romper days of 2002.
    Maria’s look though is just meh. Looks like not much thought went into it. Since, either of them are not in Roland Garros this year, I don’t think they’re missing out on their best looks.

  2. I love Serena’s look. She will look stunning if she was able to play. Maria’s dresses over the few years have been very sporty and classic don’t you think?

  3. I think Nike has been focusing on more wearable, simple looks for their tennis line. they may look boring on the pros but work well on the courts for regular players like me.

  4. Sabey, I totally agree with you, in recent years they have focused on more wearable designs.

    Emman Damian, as Sabey and I concluded, now they are trying to please the general public, but I do miss the glamorous days when Maria looked stunning but wore dresses that were inappropriate for your daily tennis practice.

  5. I agree. I miss those days! I was always looking forward in seeing the Nike vs Adidas Grand Slam dresses (especially Ana vs Maria dresses). Now, a lot of players in the market have come in. More designs and choices.

  6. SharapovaFun, I’m not sure, but I expect noone. But I expect to see a lot of the paint stained separates.


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