Continuing our popular Fashion Retrospections, today we delve into Aryna Sabalenka‘s style journey. Let’s explore the Nike ensembles worn by the Belarusian player throughout her remarkable 2023 season, a time when she clinched her maiden Grand Slam title and rose to the No.1 ranking for the first time in her career.
The very beginning of the year was victorious for Sabalenka, who clinched the Adelaide International 1 title while promoting the all-black Nike Core One Luxe Tank, Nike Core Victory Straight Skirt, and white NikeCourt Zoom NXT tennis shoes.
En route to her first major title at the Australian Open, Sabalenka confidently donned the Nike Spring Slam Dress from the Melbourne collection, seamlessly blending vibrant green and light purple tones with a colorful abstract print that looks like spilled liquid.
Her NikeCourt Zoom NXTs at Melbourne and several subsequent tournaments were in the white/earth/citron colorway.
During her journey to the final of the BNP Paribas Open, Sabalenka wore a yellow tank top with double spaghetti straps paired with maroon shorts.
In Miami, maintaining her preference for separates, the WTA player embraced a new color scheme, prominently featuring shades of purple for her attire. In that same outfit, she won the Madrid Open title.
In Stuttgart and Rome, Sabalenka’s bronze shorts blended with the clay courts.
At Roland Garros, Sabalenka debuted the Nike Paris collection. She opted for coral separates — the Nike Paris Slam Tank, a sleek racerback and racerfront design, and the Paris Slam Skirt, a layered pleated design with an asymmetrical hemline.
Nike players completed their Wimbledon outfits with shoes featuring “8 mm” written on the Swoosh, a nod to the tournament’s grass that is mowed at an exact height of 8mm. Sabalenka’s model was the NikeCourt Zoom NXT White/Kelly Green.
In Montreal, Sabalenka sported a dark green tank top paired with a neon green skirt, while in Beijing, she effortlessly paired the vibrant pink tank with the same eye-catching skirt.
A combination of a strappy tank top and shorts was Sabalenka’s choice in Cincinnati.
Sabalenka’s fashion breakthrough happened at the US Open, when she received her first ever custom dress by Nike. The racerback design combined several shades of coral and red. It featured an asymmetrical hemline and mesh elastic waistband, just like other skirts and dresses in the Nike New York collection.
In Flushing Meadows, the Belarusian earned her rise to the No.1 WTA ranking while wearing the NikeCourt Zoom NXT tennis shoes in noble red.
At the WTA Finals in Cancun, Sabalenka sported the black Nike Fall Night Slam Dress with neon shorts peeking through. It’s a racerback design, featuring sheer mesh inserts, flouncy skirt with a trendy shaped hemline and a keyhole detail.
The white NikeCourt Zoom NXT tennis shoes completed her look in Mexico.
What’s your take on Sabalenka’s fashion in 2023? Personally, while I wasn’t excited about the basic strappy tank and shorts combinations, I found her dresses quite appealing, especially the one she wore at the Australian Open.