Fashion Neon at the U.S. Open Qualifying Rounds
Added by Elizabeth Francois on August 25, 2013.
Neon: blinding colors for the generation!!! This is the trend in 2013 sportswear!! After the bold reintroduction last fall during fashion week, celebrities and athletes alike have dominated the blogosphere highlighting the beauty of bright colors, from likes such as Cameron Diaz to Lebron James.
On Friday August 23rd, the last day of the qualifying rounds, tennis athletes competing in the 2013 U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park had two things in common: the will to win and a dash of neon. The unwarranted commonality brought forth killer serves and deadly kill shots. Spectators, likewise, rocked glossy colors while cheering and ranting for their favorite athletes. A visit to the practice rounds yield the following…
“Yeah Raonic!” shouted a young girl as he saved a cheap shot and ousted his opponent. During an intense but guileless practice match with Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic sported a comfy grey shirt made of cotton, plastered with a neon green New Balance logo. Raonic’s black polyester shorts bent over his muscular legs as he stretched, twisted and ran for the attack balls, showcasing the effectiveness of perfect sportswear for the high degree of agility required in tennis. His opponent Gasquet merely relaxed in white knee shorts and relaxed-fit tee with the famous Lacoste crocodile logo screen printed in multi colors across the front, and his signature the white cotton wrist band. If the gear you wear to play tennis does not work with you, then it works against you.
In another practice round between Kei Nishikori (Japan), the 12th ranked player, and Marco Baghdatis, the 53rd ranked player, the action got really intense. Baghdatis, in white tennis shorts and a navy cotton tee with three simple words in bold white lettering plastered across the front, “PREPARE- ATTACK- DESTROY,” appeared to be doing just that. His serves were intense and powerful. By contrast, Nishikori outfitted in Uniqlo sportswear and held his ground in this friendly practice match. Wearing a sky-blue t-shirt with black panels at the sides and white shorts with the company’s logo prominently displayed, he was unfazed by this opponent’s words.
The Women’s Qualifying Singles between Madison Brangle (USA) and Ying-Yang Duan (China) was lively and colorful. Brangle’s Nike outfit was sea green and blue. The two toned T-back top and the blue ruffle skirt, belied her powerful serve. The look was “girly-girl” and appealing. Duan, looking bright as a sun flower in Li-Ning sportswear, flaunted a bright yellow T-back top trimmed in navy and had a matching skirt, which showcased her powerful legs. She was a blur of yellow as she charged to Brangle’s attacks.
The real fashion scoop on who’s wearing what will be revealed next week when the competition really stiffens. Athletes will be sporting their sponsors’ clothes and other merchandise. It will be interesting to see how well the new designs perform on the court.