As Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have left the scene, Naomi Osaka has become the only Nike representative honored with custom designs. The former world No.1 is yet to reach the status of a fashion icon in the tennis world, but she definitely stands out with her unique dresses and signature tennis shoes. Let’s have a look at all her 2022 looks, as part of our Fashion Retrospections.
At the WTA 250 Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament, Osaka paired this Nike Women’s Winter Victory Print Tank in peach cream with a tight black skirt featuring a side slit and orange Air Zoom GP Turbo Tennis Shoes.
At the Australian Open, the 25-year-old rocked a custom dress in pink/blue/white/teal blue. It was an asymmetrical, colorblocked design just like the rest of Nike’s Melbourne collection. At the Grand Slam, Osaka introduced a new tennis racquet, a seventh generation Yonex EZONE.
The Japanese’s custom butterfly shoes paid homage to the moment last year when a butterfly landed on her face during a match in Melbourne. On her hand, we could see her limited-edition green TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch.
In Indian Wells and Miami, Osaka wore an orange/black/white version of her Australian Open dress.
Her matching GP Turbos featured the following text: “Designed to the exact specification of championship athletes.”
In Madrid, Osaka paired a teal crop top with a pleated skirt whose abstract graphics in vibrant-yet-soothing colors are inspired by the tennis star’s evolution as both an athlete and an activist.
She also presented the NikeCourt Naomi Osaka Collection Jacket, which can be folded into a bag and used for storage.
This unisex jacket also made it to Roland Garros, but there Osaka paired it with an asymmetrical, vibrant citron dress featuring wavy colorblocking.
In the period leading up to the US Open, Osaka’s fashion choice was a white long-sleeved top and a pleated yellow skirt.
Below is a closer look at her shoes inspired by the trend of 3D nail art.
In New York, the four-time major champion debuted a lilac Nike dress and NikeCourt Air Zoom GP Turbos inspired by her French bulldog Butta.
That was also her outfit at her final tournament in 2022, the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis in Tokyo.
What do you think about Osaka’s style? Does she have the X-factor to become the next Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams in terms of tennis fashion?
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