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2012 BTB Awards: Best-, worst-dressed

The BTB Awards are our look back at the best — and worst — of the tennis season. Today we look at the good, the bad and the downright ugly in 2012 kits. What were some of these designers thinking?

2012 IN REVIEW: Report Card | Surprises | Meltdowns | Shots

The Toss: Which Slam was best? | Quotes | Photos | Videos

 

BEST

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1. Andy Murray, Olympics: Stella McCartney did Team GB proud with this perfect integration of the Union Jack into Murray’s crisp, clean kit. The wristbands alone were a hot-ticket item. Why can’t he just wear this forever? (Getty Images)

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2. Serena Williams, Olympics: On the whole, the Olympics were a fashion win for everyone. Nike gets high marks for Serena’s kit by creating a dress that didn’t simply amount to slapping a flag on a color-coordinated dress. The subtle pattern gave it texture and depth. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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3. Maria Sharapova, French Open: The black and army green ensemble looked flat when the sun was shining brightly on Paris’ red clay, but when the clouds formed and the conditions got wet and heavy, the dress took on a completely different look. It was under the latter that Sharapova secured her career Grand Slam, and the dress looked perfect as she hoisted the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

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4. Roger Federer, U.S. Open: Federer never looks bad in his Nike swag, but he also rarely looks memorable. But this set, which he wore during night matches, had some nice detailing in the collar and pockets. Such an improvement over his standard solids. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

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5. Serena Williams, French Open: Seafoam green? Spearmint? Roland Garros advertising board green? Whatever the color, it worked. Well, at least sartorially. The dress will forever go down as what Serena wore when she lost in the first round of a Slam. (JB Autissier/Panoramic/Icon SMI)

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6. Victoria Azarenka, Australian Open: The shorts were a bold but perfect choice for the one Slam of the year where beach-bum casual actually works. The shorts made Azarenka look like the hardcore jock that she is, rather than the girly, frilly baby-doll dresses Nike normally puts her in. More shorts in 2013! (Getty Images)

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7. Novak Djokovic, Olympics: The secret to Uniqlo’s creative design was integrating the Serbian flag into Djokovic’s collar. (Getty Images)

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8. Victoria Azarenka, Olympics: OK, so there were no shorts. But Azarenka’s red and green Belarus kit popped among the sea of red, white, and blue -- not in that order, but in that combination -- that took over the All England Club. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

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9. Andy Roddick, Australian Open: We didn’t get to see much of this Lacoste number with Roddick forced to retire in the second round, but the black and white kit looked great in person and, when paired with the neon Babolat shoes, made Roddick look fresh. In fact, Babolat did well by Roddick this year. His Star Spangled kicks were the shoes of the year. (Getty Images)

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10. Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka, Olympics: Controversial, yes. But I loved the cheeky decision by the cheeky Czech team to outfit its athletes with wellies as their podium kit. Get it? It rains in London! (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

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WORST

1. Fernando Verdasco, Australian Open: Even Verdasco was blinded by his own kit. Here’s a fashion tip: If people are left wondering if you’d like fries with that, then you should probably get back to the drawing board. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Australian Open: On the whole, Adidas lost this year. Their neon kits missed the mark throughout the season, leaving its players looking like cartoons. Or, in Tsonga’s case, a jack-o'-lantern. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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3. Ana Ivanovic, U.S. Open: This whole neon mustard yellow (how is that a color?) failed on every Adidas player who wore it in New York. From Ivanovic to Christina McHale to Laura Robson, no one could pull off these colors. (Getty Images)

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4. Andy Murray, World Tour Finals: In his first tournament on home soil since winning the U.S. Open, Adidas decided to make Murray look like a banana that had been run over by an 18-wheeler. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

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5. Caroline Wozniacki, Seoul: On one hand, it was great to see Wozniacki back in simple, solid colors. On the other, Stella McCartney continues to push the envelope the wrong way with a skirt that was ill-fitting, dowdy and completely unflattering. (Getty Images)

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6. Tommy Haas, French Open: Not even Tommy Haas -- TOMMY HAAS -- could save this joke of a shirt from Asics. Were they intentionally going for the Court Jester look? I like puns as much as the next person, but no. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

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7. Janko Tipsarevic, French Open: Too much pattern, too matchy and, all in all, too busy. You might be able to get away with that look in Australia, but it was incongruous at the French Open. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)

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8. Victoria Azarenka, French Open: Are you supposed to blend in with the clay? It was back to the frilly dresses for Azarenka by the time the French Open rolled around. (Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images)

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9. Andy Roddick, Atlanta: This striped cap made me want to reach through my television set and yank it off. From trucker hats to cycling caps, it was always better if Roddick just stayed somewhere in the middle. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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10. Angelique Kerber (left), Cincinnati: Kerber’s one-sleeved warm-up shirt left everyone scratching their heads. She was the only Adidas player to wear it, and we could never understand why. (Duane Prokop/Getty Images)
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