Friday, January 31, 2014

Australian Open 2014 - Worst Looks

The best dressed men and women have already been crowned.

Naturally, it's time to reflect on the looks and fashions that failed to inspire. Across the board, most of the players looked great at the 2014 Australian Open

However, there were definitely a couple head-scratching looks on display down under. 

These players earned a Fashion Fault in Melbourne:

 1. Novak Djokovic's Shirt



Novak's semi-ying-yang shirt in drab gray and black did not suit up well on the blue Melbourne court. 

2. Milos Raonic's Shirt

The young Canadian's strange orange shirt with patterns looked somewhat Charlie Brown-esque. 

3. Caroline Wozniacki's Dress



Stella McCartney's designs for Adidas tennis have been missing the mark for the past couple seasons. 

Also note the clumsy racer back design featured on the back of the dress in the picture below. 



4. Serena Williams' Jacket



Serena showed up on court during the 100+ degree Fahrenheit weather wearing a jacket! Why bother in such hot temperatures?

5.  Feliciano Lopez's Haircut 



Feliciano's Wilson kit is admittedly nicely designed. However, this unfortunate haircut has propelled him on to this list. It'll grow out soon, right? 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Australian Open 2014: Best Dressed Men

A number of men looked splendid at this year's 2014 Australian Open

Here's a look at the top 5 outfits that the men were rocking. 

1. Roger Federer


Roger Federer made a much-heralded return to form (tennis and fashion) in Melbourne. Here's hoping that his Nike kits and tennis look as good for the rest of the 2014 season. 

2. David Ferrer






















David exhibited some bad behavior down under. However, his grey Lotto shirt, accented with lime green piping and wristbands, was eye-catching against the blue tennis courts. 

3. Sam Querrey 

Sam Querrey looked sporty and fresh in his new Fila duds. 

4. Tommy Haas

Tommy thankfully signed a deal with Ellesse. Hopefully this means no more mismatched kits and black socks

5. Stan Wawrinka 

Who would have predicted Wawrinka would be in the winner's circle at the end of the Australian Open fortnight? He looked fantastic and ecstatic in his red and white Yonex kit. 

Australian Open 2014: Best Dressed Ladies

Li Na was crowned the Australian Open 2014 champion and by fault also makes the best dressed list this year. 

Overall, the top apparel manufacturers have moved away from the yellow and yellow-accented kits which have dominated player looks since the Australian Open switched over to blue courts (from green courts) in 2008. 

Let's take a look at the ladies whose sartorial sensibilities Aced the 2014 Australian Open:

1. Vika Azarenka





















The two-time defending champion was knocked out of the tournament in the Quarter Finals by Aga Radwanska. However, her Nike kit was perfect. The pink contrasted well against Melbourne's ocean of blue courts. In addition, her patterned top prevent a reappearance of the bat signal sweat mark which made her 2013 US Open kit so unfashionable

2. Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber sported Adidas's kit, but managed to look fantastic wearing blue-on-blue-on-blue courts. Angelique wasn't given the marquee Adidas designs worn on glam stars such as Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova; nor did she have to rock the peculiar Adidas by Stella McCartney dresses. But she made the list while those girls didn't. Kudos. 

3. Venus Williams

Venus looked lovely during her all too short appearance in Melbourne. This tie-dyed dress from EleVen looked unique and functional. 

4. Alison Riske


The young American signed a deal with Asics during the 2013 off-season. She looked pretty in pink down under. 

5. Li Na 


Champions make the cut by default, right?  Although, this basic Nike kit was a bit boring, everyone loves a winner!  Here's to the 31-year old champion!

Add your picks to the comment section. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Who Wore it Better? Genie, Maria, or Madison

A number of astute tennis fans have come down with Genie-mania

Genie Bouchard is in the QF of the 2014 Australian Open, which is the furthest the 19-year old has ever gone at a major. 

In addition to her talent, Genie's been blessed with good looks and a major title will likely knock her into the marketing superstar stratosphere currently occupied by Maria Sharapova

Genie is rocking the Nike Maria Sharapova collection which also graced Madison Keys, the up-and-coming American teenager, at the tournament. 

Maria also donned the same outfit with a different colored top two weeks ago during her run to the SF round in Sydney. 

As you can see below, Genie is tucking her top while Maria and Madison wore their shirts out. 

Madison and Maria also appear to have on shorter skorts while Genie's is at a more modest length. 

Who wore it better?

Genie Bouchard


Maria Sharapova



Madison Keys

Saturday, January 18, 2014

On the Line - Tennis Quotes of the Week

The record-setting heat in Melbourne has been brutal on players and spectators throughout the first week of the 2014 Australian Open. 

Maybe we can blame the soaring temperatures on this week's wacky statements from some of the pros and officials. 

Did GlamSpinTennis miss any great ones? Add your favorite quotes below.

Quote of the TOURNAMENT! (Calling it during week 1) 
Tim Wood, Australian Open Tournament doctor - 
"We know that man is well-adapted to exercising in the heat. If you take us back a few thousand years, we evolved on the high plains of Africa chasing antelope for eight hours under these conditions"

Frank Dancevic - 
"I was dizzy from the middle of the first set and then I saw Snoopy and I thought, 'wow Snoopy, that's weird'....I couldn't keep my balance anymore and I leaned over the fence and when I woke up people were all around me. "

Aga Radwanska - 
"Well, I mean, I think it's everybody saying that sometimes it's even too hot.  Some of the girls can't even talk after the match or practice."


Vika Azarenka - 
"...dancing in a frying pan."- describing playing on Rod Laver Arena during 100+ F heat.

Daniela Hantuchova -
"They [Serena and Venus Williams] kind of ruined my Grand Slam career, especially the years when I was playing really well I always had to play her [Serena] or Venus..."

Serena Williams -
 "I feel like, you know, in life 32 is young, you know. In sports it's old. But for whatever reason, I feel like I just never was really able to reach my full potential, and I feel like recently I just have been able to do a little better. I just keep trying to improve on everything."

Roger Federer - 
"I really enjoy myself out on tour...Of course, tennis is something I really enjoy, and doing all of that with my wife and kids is something that I'm very happy about, that it's all working out.  That we actually make it work and enjoy it, all of us, going to different places....It's like a traveling circus in a way.  You put up your tents, stay there for some time. ...So we get enough time to settle in, and then we go to the next place....We really look forward to whatever climate it is, whatever culture it is, whatever place it is.  We really look forward to each and every place....That's what is so nice about the tour these days."

Ana Ivanovic - 
"We can really understand each other with less words [on having  Serbian coach(es)].  Even when I'm in doubt, I can express myself better and they can answer me better."

Rafael Nadal -
"Better not to say." When asked by Jim Courier during the post-match on-court interview which women's tennis players' matches he watches.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Australian Open 2014: Style Court - Player Party

One of GlamSpinTennis's favorite parts of any major is the pre-tournament players party. Realistically, the players are contractually obligated to show up, mingle with sponsors and B-list celebrities. They also have to look pretty on the red carpet all while giving the side eye to the people they'll be competing against over the upcoming fortnight. 

These parties are a great way to see your favorite player's real sense of style outside of their usual sportswear.  Or, you get a sense of who has the smarts to hire a stylist to pick out their outfits (ahem....Maria)......

Admittedly, these player parties take place every week, all over the globe, at the start of every tournament. However, there's just something special about the atmosphere at the pre-major fetes. 

The Australian Open 2014 Player Party was surely no different. The fiesta was held at the Crown Towers in Melbourne on Sunday, January 12, 2014. 

Here's a look at some of the players (who signed deals to attend). 

 


Maria Sharapova
Where's your date, Grigor? What's that gnarly bruise on your leg? 
Maria Sharapova

Daniela Hantuchova
Daniela has a great, fun sense of style.

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Feliciano Lopez 
Do you owe people money? Lose a bet? Why did this happen to your hair, and who let this happen?

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Rafael Nadal
Looking handsome as always. 

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