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US Open: 5 Iconic On-Court Outfits That Turned Heads


Tennis  •  25 Aug, 2023  •  32,284 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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The US Open blends athletic excellence with bold fashion statements, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of both sport and style. While tennis legends showcase their prowess on the court, their distinctive outfits often draw equal attention, capturing headlines and occasionally challenging traditional norms. Here, we spotlight five memorable ensembles that left an indelible mark on tennis fashion history, surpassing even the final match scores.

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Serena Williams' Catsuit (2002)

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In 2002, Serena Williams graced the court in a black lycra catsuit, marking an unforgettable moment in tennis fashion history. This outfit wasn't merely a fashion statement; it symbolized her power, resilience, and indomitable spirit. The catsuit made a notable return in 2018 at the French Open, heralding her comeback post-motherhood and igniting debates on dress codes and gender norms in professional tennis.

Andre Agassi's Denim Shorts (1989)

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Long before embracing a subtler style in his subsequent years, Andre Agassi epitomized rebellious tennis fashion in the '80s. Sporting denim shorts with neon spandex and a distinct mullet, Agassi radiated audacity and defiance. While many viewed his outfit as too casual for such a prestigious event, it solidified Agassi's status as a pioneering trendsetter. Today, his audacious '80s attire is commemorated as a bold deviation from tennis traditions, demonstrating the harmony of style and sport.

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Maria Sharapova's "Little Black Dress" (2006)

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Bringing a hint of sophistication to the court, Maria Sharapova bedazzled spectators in her Swarovski-embellished black dress at the 2006 US Open. Seamlessly integrating athletic functionality with high fashion, this "little black dress" epitomized Sharapova's panache. This attire not only spurred conversations but also blurred the lines between haute couture and athletics, now celebrated as a testament to tennis' dual role as a sport and fashion spectacle.

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