Camila Giorgi at 2013 U.S. Open
Just as top fashion designers outfit Hollywood stars for the red carpet, sports apparel companies use tennis players to showcase their products on grass, clay and hard surfaces.
What makes an outfit a hit? It takes a combination of design and player personality. Two people can wear the same outfit, as Madison Keys and Eugenie Bouchard did at the U.S. Open, and look completely different.
What makes an outfit a miss? You know it when you see it. It just doesn't work.
The big names, such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer, gain the most attention. Federer's orange-soled shoes received more media coverage at Wimbledon than Sergiy Stakhovsky, the dude who upset him in the second round.
Although the superstars land the big clothing contracts, sometimes lesser known players, like Camila Giorgi, surprise with stunning attire. Then there are perennial disasters like Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the poster girl for bad taste.
In 2013 many players played it safe, wearing suitable, yet forgettable clothing. Those who took risks were either a hit or a miss. Here are the biggest hits and misses of 2013.
Galina Voskoboeva probably knew she stood little chance against defending champion Serena Williams in the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open. However, she took advantage of her moment in the sun with this bright yellow number. The blue accents added a sporty touch to a fashionable dress that complimented her 6-foot frame. The match barely lasted over an hour. But the dress is timeless.
Rezai at French Open
Aravane Rezai is second only to Mattek-Sands when it comes to fashion misfires. This outfit she wore at the 2013 French Open is certainly not her worst. But she's French. How can a French woman show up at the French Open so lacking in style? She appears to be on her way to a yoga workout and not a Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Heather Watson U.S. Open.
Blue was the hue of choice at this year's U.S. Open. Few looked as dainty wearing it as Britain's Heather Watson. Her K-Swiss dress with pleated skirt and keyhole cutout in the back reflected Watson's youthful exuberance.
Kutznetsova at 2013 French Open.
From blue done right to an outfit that just gives you the blues. Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova nearly pulled off the upset against Serena Williams at the French Open. Kuznetsova's play reminded us of her championship prowess. However, her tie dyed ensemble with matching headband left us wondering "what the heck was she wearing?"
Gael Monfils at French Open
What makes Gael Monfils' outfit such a hit is that it suited him so well. It's got that casual cool appeal and looks as flexible as Monfils. The colorful, armless striped shirt looks like something Monfils could rock strolling on the beach or playing basketball. Topped with a sports coat and paired with jeans, this tee could even work at a club.
Stepanek at the Davis Cup
Camila Giorgi at 2013 U.S. Open
Camila Giorgi has a knack for selecting outfits that strike the proper balance between sporty and flirty. She's also developed a signature look with ruffled skirt and strappy tank. She wears her hair in this elegant updo that manages to stay in place throughout the match. If ever her game catches up to her fashion sense, we're looking at a superstar.
Roger Federer at ATP World Finals in London
Roger Federer is so stylish he looks good even while playing through a slump. He's never a slouch when it comes to on-court attire. He saved his best outfit for the ATP World Finals.
The blue-gray works well on him. The shirt and shorts are classic; fitting for a playing legend.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands at Wimbledon.
How can all-white go all wrong? When Mattek-Sands wears it. She is so over-the-top with her outfits that she could have taken every slot for worst dressed this year. As usual, Mattek-Sands falls on the wrong side of that fine line between creativity and down-right tacky.
Serena Williams at 2013 French Open
Serena Williams flirted with outfits from the risque to the ridiculous earlier in her career. But now that she's achieved legendary status she wears some of the most tailored and sophisticated designs on tour.
At the French Open, as everyone awaited her coronation as queen of clay, Williams wore a beautifully draped a-line dress with v-neck and high-waist line. It was the most elegant dress Williams wore all year.