Wimbledon is great and all, with those cute grass courts and the Queen and the strawberries and cream. But when it comes to Grand Slam tennis events, I’ll take the US Open. The crowds are downright rowdy (thanks, New York) and they play matches at night on prime time television.
In short, there’s just a different vibe at the US Open—more frenetic, more exciting. And you can see the difference in the clothes the players where.
You see, at Wimbledon players can only wear white. It’s all part of the grand tradition, which is nice, but also kind of stuffy and bland. At the US Open, however, players go nuts. They wear vibrant colors and wacky patterns that are almost as entertaining as the stuff happening on the court. And since we’re just now halfway through the 2012 US Open, it’s a perfect time to celebrate the fashion hits at the most fashionable stop on the pro tennis tour. So today we present you with this list of the 25 best-dressed players.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Technically Redfoo isn't eligible for this list, since he's not playing in the US Open. But he definitely looked awesome when he stopped by the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens over the weekend, so we had to give him a shout out.
Bonus: Redfoo of LMFAO
American Steve Johnson made it to the third round in the men's singles draw—probably because his shirt made opponents feel dizzy and disoriented.
25. Steve Johnson
The 2001 US Open champ may only be ranked 125 these days, but he still knows how to pick a shirt. This year he went with the neon pumpkin look.
24. Lleyton Hewitt
This 5th seeded Frenchman got upset in the second round by Martin Klizman, but at least he looked good. (Dear history nerds: insert French military joke here.)
23. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
The 25th-ranked Mardy Fish and his sweet K-Swiss shirt were supposed to take on the esteemed Roger Federer in the 4th round, but he withdrew because of an injury. (I.e., he's chicken.)
22. Mardy Fish
If we were doing a list of biggest guns at the US Open, 2011 Women's champ Samantha Stosur would be up at the top. But on this list of the best-dressed, she's just #21.
21. Samantha Stosur
American Sloane Stephens (ranked no. 44 in the world) got bounced by an even better-dressed player in the 3rd round. We'll meet her at #11.
20. Sloane Stephens
The most likable player at the 2012 US Open doesn't make bold fashion choices, but he usually managed to look pretty sharp. We'll see if that helps him make the quarterfinals later on today.
19. Novak Djokovic
Victoria Duval is just 16 years old and got a wildcard invite into the main draw this year. She lost in the first round to Kim Clijsters, but she tried hard and looked great in her Adidas gear, so here's hoping this was a good learning experience for this Haitian-American.
18. Victoria Duval
Britain's Heather Watson got bounced in the first round by Li Na, but she made this list and Li Na didn't. So there.
17. Heather Watson
The top-ranking (No. 10) American was looking sharp in his Lacoste gear this year. It's just too bad he got upset by No. 18 Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round.
16. John Isner
This Australian (yes, Australian) lost in the first round, but she looked nice and stripey in her old fashioned-looking Lacoste gear.
15. Jarmila Gajdosova
Bethanie Mattek-Sands has been pushing the tennis fashion boundaries for several years now. This year the Minnesota-native pushed them even further some awesome red high tops—though they didn't help her avoid getting crushed by Venus Williams in the first round.
14. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Now we get to the "who wore it better?" portion of today's list. Up first in this striking abstract neon ensemble Adidas we have the 6th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, who lost in the third round to the woman who just so happens to sit at #8 on this list.
13. Angelique Kerber
Next we have Laura Robson, who made it all the way to the 4th round in this bright outfit before losing to Sam Stosur.
So who wore it best? Angelique or Laura? Well, the answer is neither. It was actually...
12. Laura Robson
Yes, Ana Ivanovic wore this neon Adidas look the best. Because, well, the 12th-seeded Ivanovic wears pretty much everything better than everyone.
11. Ana Ivanovic
France's Kristina Mladenovic lost in the third round to compatriot Marion Bartoli, but not before impressing the New York crowd with her fashion sense.
10. Kristina Mladenovic
Andy Roddick is rocking some classic Lacoste tennis shirts this year. But even more impressive are his shoes...
9. Andy Roddick, Part I
This guy is a real patriot, isn't he?
Of course, Andy Roddick announced that he'll be retiring after the 2012 US Open. And I think I speak for sports fans everywhere when I say we'll really miss him...and all the close-ups of his hot wife, Brooklyn Decker.
9. Andy Roddick, Part II
At numbers 8 and 9 we have another installment of "who wore it better?" This time, however, we're looking at a Nike ensemble.
So first up it's the 10th-seeded Sara Errani, who made it to the quarterfinals after defeating the aforementioned Angelique Kerber.
8. Sara Errani
Also wearing this Nike ensemble was Julia Goerges. And, obviously, I think she wore it better. However, I'm sure this 18th seed would rather have made it past the first round than be declared the 7th best-dressed player at the 2012 US Open.
7. Julia Goerges
Maria Sharapova always looks good. And so far this year, she's playing good, too, having made it through to the quarterfinals.
6. Maria Sharapova
The top players in the world don't have to worry about other players wearing the same outfit, since they get their gear designed especially for them. That's why Roger Federer always looks so sharp.
5. Roger Federer
Venus got knocked out of the women's draw in the second round, but at least this aging legend had one of the most unique dresses we've seen in years.
4. Venus Williams
Together with her sister, Serena, Venus was part of the best-dressed doubles pair at the Open this year.
4. Bonus Venus
Speaking of Venus's sister, Serena is looking great in every possible way this year. Yesterday she demolished Andrea Hlavackova in the fourth round 6-0 6-0 (the first double bagel at the Open since 2010), and she looked amazing doing it in her neon get-up.
3. Serena Williams
Canadian Milos Raonic (No. 15 in the world) doesn't have his own line of tennis clothes yet, but he looked pretty great wearing some classic Lacoste shirts this year.
2. Milos Raonic
The #1 best-dressed player at the 2012 US Open is 13th seeded Russian Dominika Sibulkova. And she illustrates an important lesson: when in doubt, wear Lacoste. Because pretty much everybody looks great in Lacoste.
1. Dominika Cibulkova
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