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Slam Style Seeds: Winning in the Concrete Jungle

What better way to celebrate the last slam of the season than with a sartorial style roundup? Speaking of style, we’re just a few days away from the start of New York Fashion Week — will we spot any tennis greats seated in the front row? The US Open always inspires a slick edge, with players doing everything they can to stand out from the crowd and the newly roofed Arthur Ashe Stadium. See who made our “Best Dressed” list this Slam Style Seeds.

Best Dressed

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Serena Williams

Nike announced their Greatness Collection with World No.1 Serena Williams in the run up to the US Open. It’s apt that the American is being honoured with title given that she’s just a few matches away of completing the Grand Slam and tying Steffi Graf with 22 major titles. Williams has been seen donning an (extremely short) dress of sorts during the night session, and it looks fantastic. There’s a slight throwback to that infamous catsuit she wore at the 2002 championships — well, mainly due to the skintight fit — but Nike have produced something that hones Williams’ power with a subtle nod to dragon print motif in shades of black and bright crimson that offsets her custom-made shoes.

The less that can be said about her day outfit, the better…

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Rafael Nadal

He may have succumbed to a shocking (actually, is it?) third-round loss to Fabio Fognini — for the third time this season — but that didn’t stop Nadal looking slick and sharp on the hard courts of the US Open. Like Williams, he’s been sporting shades of black and hot lava for the night session, with Nike introducing a camo-print shirt that’s bang on trend.

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Novak Djokovic

The men’s World No. 1 has been looking pretty preppy at this year’s US Open. Djokovic has been sporting shades of red, white and blue (in homage to the American flag?) with an update of the classic collared polo shirt paired with side-seam shorts.

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Roger Federer

Under the New York lights, Federer’s been introducing tennis whites at this year’s championships to counteract the black and neon shades we’ve seen on Nike’s elite players. Though fairly simple, Federer’s outfit proves the potential of the tennis classics, updated of course, with hot-lava color accents.

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Simona Halep

Adidas and Nike have riffed on fairly similar color notes this year. Their leading women’s player, Simona Halep, has been equipped in the Adizero line that draws on ombre design lines. The maroon and solar red colour palette provides a winning combination against the blue of the American hardcourts.

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Garbiñe Muguruza

Muguruza (and her fellow Stella-clad women) got lucky with the Stella McCartney for Adidas collection this winter. Judging by Caroline Wozniacki’s scuba-come-apron-come-prom dress catastrophe, it’s pretty astounding the collection has something somewhat wearable. Muguruza has been seen in shades of midnight grey and glacial and white vapor — yes, they’re real colors — in a high-neck tank and pretty pleated skirt in complimentary midnight grey.

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Felicaino Lopez

The ever-dashing Felciano Lopez is our wildcard style seed this year. The Spaniard is wearing Ellesse — a brand made famous in the late 90’s — in a dashing get-up that features a plaid-printed polo shirt in navy and turquoise paired with contrast white shorts.

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Victoria Azarenka

Changing up the status quo in her favored slam-winning shorts, Azarenka has taken to the US Open hard courts like a duck to water once again. The former two-time finalist has been seen in Nike’s fall slam printed breathe tank in cool shades of teal with radiant emerald and white. We can’t say we’re a fan of those day-glow shoes, but they aren’t enough to put us off this look.

So who do you think should’ve made our Best Dress list this Slam Style Seeds? Sound off in the comments below.

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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