Tomas Berdych at the U.S. Open: A fashion examination
Another Grand Slam tournament, another Tomas Berdych outfit.
If you don't know Berdych, you may remember the gauche blue stripes he wore at the Australian Open.
So let's talk about Berdych's Tuesday get-up at the U.S. Open, shall we?
Dark shoes with neon pink laces. Fluorescent orange socks. Two-tone shorts. Two wristbands. A mostly-blue, tie-dye-ish shirt that looks like it survived an attack from Zorro. Take a look for yourself:
Here's the thing: Berdych is a fine dude. He's the sixth seed in the tournament. He's never really had an outstanding tournament win in his career.
This is all he has. Berdych wants to be torn down. He wants to feel the hot shame of wearing another ridiculous H&M outfit. He wants the world to know he'll truly wear anything on the court as long as he gets a little money for it.
So let's let him live. Let Berdych continue his masterful troll job of the tennis establishment. At the very least, he doesn't look as disheveled as likely breakfast-buffet enthusiast Stan Wawrinka.
If this is Berdych's legacy, at least he has one.
- Rohan Nadkarni