French Open WTA apparel overview: Tennis fashion in the cold Parisian weather

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The 2020 French Open will not be remembered as the most fashionable major. The coronavirus pandemic forced the tournament to be rescheduled from spring to September/October, when it already gets quite chilly in Paris, so players need to layer up. Wearing leggings or long-sleeve tops below dresses is definitely not the most stylish appearance, but some players managed to get cozy and look good at the same time. Let’s see what the WTA ladies are wearing this fortnight, as part of my traditional Grand Slam fashion overviews.

Fila representatives debuted the Mad for Plaid collection, characterized by plaid prints in tones of mouth-watering melon, tropical coral and crisp white. Sofia Kenin opted for the Mad for Plaid Print Racer Tank and white Mad for Plaid Flare Skirt.

Kiki Bertens went full orange, the national color of her country. The Dutchwoman is seen here in the Mad for Plaid Dress covered by the Mad for Plaid UV Blocker Long-Sleeve Top. Fila always updates the Axilus 2 Energized tennis shoes to match the apparel, so this latest version combines colors melon and coral.

Karolina Pliskova chose the most basic pieces from the new Fila collection: the white Mad for Plaid Solid Racer Tank and coral Mad for Plaid A-Line Skirt.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the rescheduling of tournaments, minimizing the period between the US Open and Roland Garros, Nike decided to have the same Challenge Court collection at both Grand Slams. As you know, the vibrant graphics are inspired by Andre Agassi’s 1990 aesthetic.

The Nike Fall NY Jacket, seen here on Victoria Azarenka, brightened up the cold and cloudy days in Paris. It’s my favorite fall look at the tournament.

Petra Kvitova sported the Nike Fall 1/2 Zip Long-Sleeve Top and Fall NY Slam Skirt.

Thanks to Jimmie48, we also have this close-up photo of Kvitova’s Nike Air Zoom Vapor X shoes.

Simona Halep paired the pink long-sleeve top with the 2-in-1 Nike Fall NY Slam Shorts that include a flaming ball graphic.

Serena Williams chose a simple Nike ensemble with flirty pleated skirt. You can’t go wrong with all-black! Long braided hair and defined locks with highlights nicely contrast the dark outfit. Have you noticed that her shoes feature a lips graphic below the gold Swoosh? What does that signify?

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Venus Williams showed up in her EleVen Wonder Woman collection.

The stars of Adidas debuted the City Lights collection. Maria Sakkari of Greece rocked the marble-printed skirt from the new collection which is dominated by muted tones with pearl metallic and glitter details.

France’s Kristina Mladenovic introduced the dress from Adidas’ new collection.

Coco Gauff is all covered up, so we can’t see her custom New Balance separates. Underneath, the 16-year-old is supposed to have a printed tank with asymmetrical neckline and back straps. Her skirt, in the color eclipse just like the rest of the outfit, features a striped waistband. The American’s shoe model is the New Balance WC 996v4 in bali blue.

I haven’t seen this announced anywhere, but Monica Puig has apparently switched from Yonex to New Balance. The Puerto Rican is wearing the Printed Rally Skort. You can see this collection in more detail here.

YonexDayana Yastremska is another player who layered up nicely. I really like her yellow dress with two-color pleated hem and how it combines with the tight-fitting long-sleeve top.

Anett Kontaveit wore the Lacoste Spring RG Dress introduced back in April. The design stands out with its blue ombre effect and asymmetrical pleated skirt. To handle the cold weather in the capital of France, the Estonian wore a white turtleneck underneath. The dress is absolutely gorgeous, but this type of layering ruins the appeal.

Asics repeated the US Open looks. American Jennifer Brady is seen here in the Asics Fall Elite Dress, featuring three stylish blocks of color: cyan top, orange waist and white skirt. There is a large cutout and gold detailing at back.

American Alison Riske represented Lotto in the pink Fall Tech Tank, which comes with a separate sports bra, and the Fall Tech Skirt.

Ajla Tomljanovic represented K-Swiss in a simple white long-sleeve top tucked in a pink skirt. Her shoe mode is K-Swiss Ultrashot 2 in white/purple.

Ellesse-sponsored Johanna Konta continues to wear two-color pleated skirts.

Tsvetana Pironkova promoted her own apparel brand Pironetic, established in 2017. During her first-round victory, the Bulgarian wore the Anabell High Waist Leggings.

Marie Bouzkova combined Joma‘s navy, white and red pieces.

What do you say about outfits at this Fall 2020 edition of Roland Garros? Who brought the best cold weather tennis fashion to the courts? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. My favourite would probably have to be Yastremska’s yellow yonex dress! Love the colour and design. Im usually a fan of Venus’ outfit but didn’t like this one. Seemed like she had to improvise becuase of the cold weather.

  2. My favorite has to be Annet Kontaveit, love the symmetrical pattern of the dress. And I dont mind the long sleeve compression inside, it actually make her look like an actual ice skater.

    My least favorite has to be Bertens, her body is really not complimenting the dress at all, I think she should really be wearing a short sleeve and a skirt.

    And how can player like Puig gets to switched sponsor so easily. I mean yes she captured the only Gold Medal in the history of Puerto Rico Olympians, but that was like 4 years ago, and her results after that has been flopping ever since. She barely can make a 3rd of a slam. And her double result is more or less the same, if not worst.
    If I were New Balance, I would appoint Hsieh Su-Wei to wear the clothes, because she is talented, magical, and entertaining to watch, plus she has results in doubles!

  3. John Aghahowa, Venus’ leggings were great, but the top was so so. She should have worn that gold Wonder Woman jacket.

    Ian, I don’t mind Kiki in a dress, but this look is too orange for my taste. As for Monica, I’m not too surprised that she landed a sponsor, but I don’t know why New Balance is not promoting the fact that Monica has joined their team. I received detailed information about New Balance’s Roland Garros styles and there was absolutely no mention of Monica. You’re right, I agree that Hsieh would have given them more coverage, especially because the entire tennis community is eagerly waiting for her to get a sponsor.

  4. I’m over the Nike already. That’s the problem with their designs, they are always very full on, and there are so many people wearing them, and now for two tournaments in a row…. I still like the Asics and Lacoste dresses, also the new Adidas gear looks good. The wishy-washy Fila orange is not one of their better efforts.

  5. CLT, in my view, if it weren’t for Nike’s outfit, especially that colorful jacket, the cold and cloudy days in Paris would look much more gloomy. As for Fila, Kenin wore it really well.

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