As many as six tennis apparel brands are represented in singles competition at the 2021 Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara, unlike last time, in Shenzhen two years ago, when all members of the Elite 8 wore either Nike or Fila. Let’s have a detailed look at the outfits this season’s best WTA players are sporting at the season-ending event’s temporary stop in Mexico.
Anett Kontaveit‘s green Lacoste Fall Tennis Polo Tank features a subtle houndstooth pattern and a breathable mesh back panel. The tank’s ribbed collar matches the striped slit on the right side of the navy Lacoste Fall Tennis Skirt. Striped details enhance the vintage feel of the outfit. The Estonian’s footwear choice is the NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor Cage 4 model.
Barbora Krejcikova, the first woman since 2016 to qualify for both singles and doubles at the WTA Finals, endorses Head gear. The Czech’s style has always been simple and so is her Guadalajara apparel – a plain white tank and navy skirt. The reigning French Open champion’s tennis shoe is the dark blue Head Sprint Pro 2.5.
Karolina Pliskova was a lady in black at the draw ceremony gala and her on-court style is also black elegance from Fila‘s new Slice Serve collection.
Both her Fila Slice Racerback Tank and Fila Slice 13.5″ Skort feature flocked details and mesh inserts that give the black garments a glamorous touch.
The former world No.1’s Fila Axilus 2.5 Energized tennis shoes are black with rose gold accents.
Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sakkari are sporting Adidas‘ collaboration with Finish lifestyle brand Marimekko known for their bold prints that have portrayed the spirit of Helsinki for decades.
The Adidas Marimekko Dress worn by Garbine Muguruza features designer Maija Isola’s famous Unikko (poppy) pattern that was introduced almost 60 years ago when hardly any floral designs were included in Marimekko’s collections. The silhouette is Adidas’ classic Y-back that flares into a flattering A-shape.
Continuing Adidas’ effort to reduce plastic waste, the dress is made with Primeblue, an advanced recycled fabric that includes Parley Ocean Plastic.
The Spaniard’s feet are secured in the Adidas SoleMatch Bounce women’s tennis shoe.
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Maria Sakkari is sporting the Adidas Marimekko Tank and Skirt. The Greek’s separates come in an even more eye-catching version of the Unikko print.
The Adidas x Marimekko collection offers several women’s tennis shoe styles. Sakkari’s choice are these Unikko-print Barricades in a black/gold/carbon palette.
Iga Swiatek is known for her classic sporty Asics style. The Pole’s Guadalajara gear includes the Core Court Dress and Asics Gel Resolution 8 kicks.
The sleeveless navy dress features a high neckline, contrast piping, and a keyhole cutout on the back. Swiatek’s Asics Gel Resolution 8 shoes are considered the most stable and durable women’s tennis shoes on the market in 2021.
Paula Badosa, one of six debutantes at the 2021 WTA Finals, represents Nike with the Winter Victory Tank and Advantage Skirt. The blue ensemble combines a classic racerback top that includes a mini keyhole cutout and a flirty skirt with two layers of pleats.
Badosa is marching towards tennis glory in the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro women’s tennis shoes. This descendant of the Vapor X is the best choice for players looking for lightweight and speedy kicks.
Aryna Sabalenka also chose the blue Nike Winter Victory Tank, but the Belarusian paired it with a more subdued skirt model, a classic navy pleated silhouette.
Sabalenka’s tennis shoe of choice is the Nike React Vapor NXT, which might tip the scales as heavy, but feels rather nimble around the court, and a stiff frame along the lateral side helps keep the shoe feeling stable.
What do you think about tennis dresses at this year’s WTA Finals? Which lady looks the best in Guadalajara? Tell me in the comments below.
My take is that all of them look good, but I’d pick Paula Badosa as personal preference. I like these tiered pleated skirts and I like how it matches her simple tank. Anett Kontaveit would be my second favorite.
WTA FINALS FASHION THROUGH THE YEARS:
- 2019: It’s all about Nike & Fila at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen
- 2018: Nike, Adidas, Fila & Mizuno: Tennis fashion sported by Elite 8
- 2017: Adidas, Nike, EleVen, Fila fashion at the WTA Finals in Singapore
- 2016: Women’s tennis clothes in Singapore