The time has come for world’s best tennis players to descend on Melbourne for the 2016 Australian Open, which kicks off next week. And more often than not, these tennis stars attract as much attention for their chic outfits as for their powerful backhands.
This year will be no different, with Nike set to raise the style stakes. Nike athletes Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Genie Bouchard will be armed with some of the most fashionable and functional tennis gear yet.
Spanning over three tiers which includes Practice, On Court and Off Court, the 2016 Nike Court collection will give nod to Melbourne’s love of sport and incorporate the player’s personal style.
For Practice and On Court, you can expect to see a range of new, flattering silhouettes and high-tech fabrications decked out in vibrant hues and patterns inspired by the tournament’s host city. While, Nike’s innovative Dri-FIT technology is built in to every garment to help tackle the sweltering Aussie summer conditions. For the Off Court gear, think dip-dye prints and waved stripes, which pay tribute to the past winners.
Here’s a sneak peak at Nike Court’s Australian Open Outfits
Follow Serena here: Serena Williams
Williams is sure to make a statement when she hits Rod Laver arena in this fashion-forward outfit, which teams NikeCourt’s Premier Crop Top with with the micro-pleated Victory Tennis Skirt.
Follow Maria here: Maria Sharapova
A bonded zipper and mesh racerback design lends a sporty-chic touch to Sharapova’s elegant Nike Premier Maria Dress.
Follow Genie here: Genie Bouchard
Melbourne’s famous summer heat, and the mirage of haze it creates, is referenced by variegated stripes that move from thin to thick in Bouchard’s stylish Nike Premier Slam Tennis Dress.
Federer will sport this emerald and white Nike Premier RF Polo, which boasts updated gussets underneath the arms to allow a full range of motion.
Follow Rafa here: Rafa Nadal
Nadal’s iconic tennis look has been updated with Nike AeroReact technology. The Nike Challenger Premier Rafa Crew Tennis Shirt features the responsive, lightweight bi-component yarn, which senses moisture vapor and opens its structure to maximize breathability.