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ATP Style Seeds: They See Me Slidin’, They Hatin’

We’re approaching the final stages of the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open this weekend. To create a little breathing space here’s Pt.1 of the men’s fashions we spotted sliding on court into the clay season.

Which ATP star scrubbed up for the occasion on the red dirt? Find out below in this week’s Style Seeds.

Roger Federer

Federer debuted his new Nike gear on the red dirt, picking up his third title of the year in Istanbul. In Madrid his fortunes were less, well, fortunate, suffering a surprise three-set loss in the second round at the hands of the young Aussie, Nick Kyrgios. Still, his on-court fashion was billed as a top style contender. The sharp hues and the classic cut of the Summer Premier RF Polo in a colorway of light teal and key lime stood out beautifully on the court.

Completing the former No. 1’s outfit was a pair of signature RF Gladiator Premier 7″ shorts in charcoal and his much championed Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour’s in contrast navy and green.

Andy Murray

Fresh off his first-ever ATP Tour clay title at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships in Germany, newly married Scot Andy Murray has been making inroads on the red clay of Madrid this past week. It’s worth noting that Murray has never progressed past the quarterfinal stages of Madrid, but given his new found clay confidence, all that could change.

Murray’s contract with clothing company, Under Armour, hasn’t produced anything spectacular of late, but this dark military palette — offset against the red clay — is very chic.

P.s. Have you spotted Murray’s wedding band yet? Look closely at his shoes…

Rafael Nadal

The King of Clay seems to be finding form again after a few tough losses — several on his hallowed red dirt, no less. The defending champion followed suit in Nike’s fresh hues, this week dressed in a Summer Challenger Premier Rafa Crew in duo-tone bright citrus and classic charcoal.

And those tiny shorts? A pair of Rafa Gladiator Premier 7″ in matching shades. Nadal maneuvered the court in his favored Lunar Ballistec 1.5’s and completed his look with a jazzy new striped bandana and sweatband.

Kei Nishikori

The lone representative of Uniqlo, last year’s finalist has been carving his way through the Madrid draw in hope of going one step further in 2015. Next up, a quarterfinal showdown with clay court specialist and former Roland Garros finalist, David Ferrer. Dressed in Uniqlo’s signature polo shirt silhouette — updated for the summer swing in banded colour blocks of red, black and white — Nishikori looks every inch the professional.

Tomas Berdych

Berdych and H&M’s long line of questionable taste rears its head again at the Mutua Madrid Open. Think of Berdych’s on-court fashion and what springs to mind?

Marmite style.

You love it, you hate it, and surprisingly this week, I kind of love it. Or at least, I’ve seen a lot worse. The Czech kick-started his stellar clay season off with a final appearance against the formidable Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters, and has reached the quarterfinals in Madrid for a second consecutive time. H&M’s digital printed cosmic print tank and shorts — in what seems to be this season’s clay color teal — works well against the red clay.

David Ferrer

For something a little more upbeat from the sea of blue slip-sliding on the clay, look to David Ferrer. Sporting two versions of his summer Lotto outfit this week, Ferrer looks particularly summery in his bumblebee yellow and black kit this week at Madrid. There aren’t many ATP players who don yellow, and I’m not talking about Nike’s migraine-inducing fluorescent yellow, but actual banana yellow. Props to the Spaniard.

Who tops your list of Style Seeds? Sound off in the comments!

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About Christopher Prince (36 Articles)
Fashion writer by day, tennis reporter by well also day but it's night given the time difference. You know when you wake up like dis, and you're flawless? Yeah that's me. @cosmicvoices

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