The Australian Open features its usual whirl of headbands, ribbed socks, and colours bright enough to compete against the blue of the hard courts.
Although not all players will make it all the way through the draw, they sure have served some bold choices. Below are my personal favourites:
10. Coco Gauff
A similar colour palette to others later in the list, showing that bright and bold are the words du jour of the 2022 Australian Open.
9. Harmony Tan
Sage green makes a reappearance in a very classic tennis look. The multicoloured stripes on navy shorts is a fantastic touch, adding levity to minimalistic look. Lacoste certainly know French preppy style. Emily take notes.
8. Naomi Osaka
I’m mesmerised by those colours against the blue of the court. The hot pink, lilac, and mulberry combination with the aqua accents is vibrant and unexpected.
7. Corentin Moutet
Surely PTV is sponsoring the Australian Open with these design choices. Though Moutet does take it up a notch with the matching yellow sweatbands. Good for him.
6. Ash Barty
A simple look paired with jaunty red sneakers, which accentuates the red of the Fila logo. Barty makes a strong case for the importance of accessories on the tennis court.
5. Liam Broady
Another late 90s colour scheme, a bold choice but one which echoes the fever dream of 2022 thus far.
4. Emma Raducanu
Raducanu’s dress with pleated detail is the closest I have seen to the tennis skirt trend sweeping social media at the Australian Open and I would like to see more.
3. Daniil Medvedev
The choice of sage green suggests that Medvedev was also deeply affected by the cottagecore phase of the pandemic; I’m hoping gingham will also make an appearance at the Open.
2. Sebastian Korda
The collar is a sweet detail that is often overlooked in men’s activewear. Perhaps a sign of a return to a more classic tennis styling.
1. Rafael Nadal
It’s the colours for me. The aqua and violet purple is not a colour combination I have seen since my last visit to the food court in the late 90s.