Friday January 20th, 2012

The 2012 Australian Open is not going to go down as a great tournament for tennis fashion. The prevalence of neon colors has been headache-inducing and the design flaws have left me scratching my head. Come on, designers, have mercy. They're not your guinea pigs. You can also check out my top 10 fashion hits here.

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Top 10 Australian Open 2012 fashion misses

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10. Rafael Nadal -- Nadal's Nike kit is perfectly fine, and that's precisely the problem. The Spaniard deserves better. The cut of the shirt never looks right on him. Time to pick up your game, Nike.


Novak Djokovic


9. Novak Djokovic -- Why so boring? He's the world No. 1, your flagship player, and yet you decided to give an 11-year-old a spirograph for five minutes to come up with the design? I miss the days when Djokovic's kit looked like an advertisement for a renaissance fair. Bring back those days.


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8. David Nalbandian -- The abstract rainbow pattern was an eyesore. Unless it was Nalbandian's subtle protest against Margaret Court (both his matches were played on Margaret Court Arena), count this as a fashion miss.


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7. Sam Stosur -- Poor Sam. She switches from Lacoste to Asics and then proceeds to lose in the first round of her home Slam wearing an ill-fitting dress. The criss-cross peekaboo straps in the back was a nice accent, but otherwise, this white dress looked like a long, ill-fitting, tank top.


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6. Vera Zvonareva -- Athletes sweat. That's a good thing. They should sweat. It would be weird if they didn't sweat. So why would Fila choose a grey fabric that not only shows splotchy sweat patterns, but shows those splotchy sweat patterns there? Did it not learn its lesson last year?


Philipp Petzschner

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5. Philipp Petzschner -- Either Petzschner accidentally picked up Bethanie Mattek-Sands' bags at the airport, or he's going to go play a quick game of soccer after his match. The word is that those are leg compression socks that are manufactured by a company owned by his friend. I hope he's a really good friend, Philipp, because those are doing you no favors.


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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4. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -- Happy Halloween, everyone! Here's your Jo o'Lantern.


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3. Svetlana Kuznetsova -- Never dress like a tennis ball. Simple as that.


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2. Galina Voskoboeva -- Get with the times, Ellesse. White Swan was so 2011. And unless Voskoboeva has done something horrible to a member of your family, she doesn't deserve this.


Fernando Verdasco

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1. Fernando Verdasco -- It's unclear which was uglier: Verdasco's inability to close out Bernard Tomic in the first round despite being up two sets to love, or his kit, which mainly left fans wondering, "Do you want fries with that?"

***** What do you think? Sound off in the comments with your biggest fashion busts from the first week of the Australian Open.

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