Memorable style moments in tennis can come at any time – on or off the court. Style can be a good thing or style could be a fashion faux pas. Here’s a look at the greatest (or the heinous!) style moments this year:
Honorable Mention – Fury For MURY: You and your five friends went to Wimbledon to cheer on your favorite player, Andy Murray. You wore pink shirts that spelled out M-U-R-R-A-Y. You had great seats on Centre Court and funny tennis ball hats to boot. The plan was perfect. You were definitely going to get on television. But then, in the middle of Andy’s match against Marcos Baghdatis, your friends “R” and “A” had to use the loo. Plan kind of fell apart. But, it still gave us spectators a good laugh.
Honorable Mention – Fashion Weekpova: Maria Sharapova hit the fashion circuit for New York Fashion Week in February, attending shows for Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Rodarte. And yes, that’s Anna Wintour next to her.
Honorable Mention – MurBerry (The Sequel): Andy Murray and fashion week do not go hand-in-hand, but Murray (with Kim Sears) and Burberry do. The newly crowned US Open champion was front row for the fashion house’s show in London in September. And yes, that’s Anna Wintour again crashing front row with the tennis players.
12. Dancing With The Slam Champ: Martina Navratilova was one of the stars on Dancing With the Stars in the Spring. Martina’s partner, Tony Dovolani, helped her learn some moves she’s not used to on the tennis court. She may have been eliminated first, but she certainly made a statement in her sparkly ball gowns and high heel shoes.
11. Voguing Brothers: The Bryan Brothers got their Vogue on in June as part of the magazine’s Olympic tribute in a feature titled “Country Strong.” The pair were photographed by Annie Leibovitz and showed off their modeling skills with model Karlie Kloss. Fashion strong!
10. Darth Nole: Novak Djokovic took to the court for his match on Halloween at the Paris Masters with a Darth Vader mask. He ultimately lost the match (he was not facing Luke Skywalker) but definitely won over the fans with his holiday spirit style.
9. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Andy Murray debuted a military-style haircut when he took to the practice courts in Monte Carlo in April. The look didn’t go over well with many fans and thankfully grew back.
8. Blinding Apparel: Please do not turn the brightness down on your computer. That electric color is the intended hue of the Adidas kit Fernando Verdasco wore at this year’s Australian Open. That is not the sun’s reflection. That squinting reaction you have? FerVer has it too.
7. Fashion Line Relaunch: In March, Venus Williams got back into the fashion game and relaunched her EleVen apparel line. Venus wore pieces from the collection throughout the year at tennis tournaments such as Charleston, the Olympics and the US Open.
6. Unique Partnership: UNIQLO announced Novak Djokovic in May as its newest brand ambassador. In October, the two teamed for the “Clothes for Smiles” campaign. Through this initiative, the company will establish a $10 million fund and use it to “bring smiles to kids all over the world, nurturing their dreams and giving them the tools to build a better and brighter future.” Fashion for a cause is definitely in style.
5. Rainbow bright: On day 1 of the Australian Open, Laura Robson rocked a rainbow ribbon in her hair during her match on Margaret Court Arena as she faced Jelena Jankovic. She went on to lose the match but said of her fashion statement after, “I wore it because I believe in equal rights for everyone.” Lost the match, won our hearts.
4. Tennis Accessories: Tennis and fashion lovers (like myself) were obsessed with this tennis-themed collection from Kate Spade New York launched in March. Belts, bags, jewelry and more were part of this brightly-colored racquet-covered collection done classy. Love all.
3. Wigging Out: Maria Sharapova broke the internet when she posted this photo to Facebook of her rocking some very short hair. Girl knew what she was doing in freaking us all out! Luckily it was a wig for this August 2012 Harper’s Bazaar Russia spread. PHEW.
2. Stars & Stripes Sneakers: Just in time for the Olympics, Babolat released a new Propulse 3 Shoe (specifically for Andy Roddick) with a patriotic twist – Stars & Stripes! The shoe was a great addition to Andy’s kit for the Wimbledon grass at the Olympics, and an even better shoe for him to wear when he retired. If the shoe fits…
1. Olympic Spirit: Nothing was more stylish this year than supporting your country. The best place to do that? The London 2012 Olympics. From Australia to Croatia (and every country in between), players wore their country colors loud and proud. The fashion statement at the Olympics was a flag statement. Rarely in tennis (except for Davis and Fed Cup) are players adorned in apparel representing their countries. But for one week, the All England Club, a place that typically sees nothing but Wimbledon whites on its grass, was home to red, green, orange, blue, yellow and more.
(Images: Kate Spade, EleVen, Vogue, Babolat, Getty Images, Reuters, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, AP, ABC)