Rogers Cup 2014: The Best and Worst Dressed in Canada
Post Wimbledon, it's always nice to see the return of color to the courts.
The Rogers Cup, the Canadian event with simultaneous ATP and WTA Tour tournaments in Toronto and Montreal, offers the first chance to see all the big names back in action.
It's also an opportunity for players to express themselves before unveiling their U.S. Open attire.
Some, like Stan Wawrinka and Venus Williams, brought two outfits—one for day and one for night. Others, like John Isner, stuck with their predictable, bland style.
Thank goodness there were no glaring fashion gaffes. Instead, the outfits at the Rogers Cup ranged from dashing to dreary.
With a smaller field, simply underwhelming was enough to land a player on the worst-dressed list. While falling short of hideous, the players recognized as worst-dressed failed to register any head-turning quotient.
Meanwhile, players who made the best-dressed list caught eyes and kept them looking.
Honorable Mention Worst: Serena Williams
Serena Williams usually leads the best-dressed list. However, her purple animal print top and matching wrist band land her closer to the worst dressed.
The yellow headband and standard Nike-issued black skirt do nothing to salvage this look. Perhaps Williams would have fared better if the top were a full dress. Wink, wink, based on Nike previews, expect to see just that: a leopard print dress in pink for the U.S. Open.
Honorable Mention Best: Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki wore Wimbledon white. This casual cool number looks comfy and cute. However, the bare midriff is a bit much. It's OK to push the envelope. A peek-a-boo back offers that. An exposed belly button is a nudge too close to unprofessional.
Worst: Ivan Dodig
Speaking of too much belly, Ivan Dodig's hairy midsection is just one problem with this look. The wild animal print by Solfire is busy and clashes with his yellow and black shoes.
Best: Venus Williams
Venus Williams' Eleven Herringbone Collection gets better with each season. This blue tee in herringbone pattern with matching visor is the latest in a line of clothing that works on and off the court. The coordinating gray skirt is part of Eleven's fall line.
Worst: John Isner
John Isner continues to go for the oversized shirt for his mega-sized body. Typical country club tennis shop attire, the Lacoste shirt does little for the big fella. Isner's long and wide frame could rock horizontal stripes.
Best: Nick Kyrgios
When it comes to rocking horizontal stripes, Nick Kyrgios keeps it cool. The jagged-edged lines on his shirt fit Kyrgios' modified mohawk haircut. One of the few earring-wearing male players, Kyrgios seems to strike the proper balance between classic and cutting edge.
Worst: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova loves to experiment with hair color. She's been various shades of blonde and brown throughout her career. Her indecisive use of the color blue is the problem here.
The headband, shorts, dress and even nail color, are all various shades of blue. None of them seem to be working for her.
Best: Eugenie Bouchard
Well, Eugenie Bouchard's little homecoming party didn't last long. She lost her opening match to No. 113 Shelby Rogers.
However, at least Bouchard looked dazzling in her downfall. Her dress, in a color Nike calls "fuchsia force," is trimmed in a metallic-like gray. The matching fuchsia wrist bands and visor produced a winning look in Bouchard's losing effort.
Worst: Victoria Azarenka
Wearing nearly the same colors as Bouchard, Victoria Azarenka fails in fuchsia. This space-aged looking outfit is unflattering and more suitable for a Star Trek convention than a former world No. 1.
Best: Stan Wawrinka
Wawrinka's burst of blue Yonex shirt jumps out at you like rays of sunshine. It's a fun, happy shirt, perfect for his daytime matches. He wore a darker version at night.
Worst: Stan Wawrinka
What a difference a day makes. Wawrinka looked awesome in his outfit of bright blue and white. At night, he misfired in the same design. Weird how a mere change in color can take a design from bright and sunny to Battlestar Galactica.
Best: Gael Monfils
Win or lose, Gael Monfils will always entertain and do it in flashy fashion. Neon lime appears to drizzle into satin-like black top and shorts. His sneakers, trimmed in coordinating lime, punctuate the look. This guy oozes cool.
Worst: David Ferrer
A little lime works with bold black, but splashed in with neon orange, yellow swirls and mismatched wrist bands, and all you have is one hot mess. The often-colorful Ferrer goes one color combo too far.
Best: Milos Raonic
Although considered a young gun, Milos Raonic often dresses quite old in New Balance attire. However, this New Balance Canadian red shirt with tailored gray shorts looks smashing. His signature white compression sleeve complements the maple leaf logo on the shirt. Then, there's his hair: forever George Jetson neat.
Worst: Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova is a lovely young lady who seems unaware of what works best with her body type. The extra long torso screams for a higher waistline.
Kvitova might also look better in an A-line style dress similar to the ones worn by Maria Sharapova. When you are that tall, it helps to create the illusion of more curves with help from a horizontal break in color.
Best: Maria Sharapova
Sharapova's outfit is the same design worn by Bouchard but in university blue with matte silver trim. The blocks of color on the back and around the waist flatter the figure. The neckline is sporty, yet feminine.
Worst: Benoit Paire
Despite wearing an outfit that coordinates with his tennis racket and the tennis ball, Benoit Paire looks boring. Too school-boy ready, this kit looks handpicked by mom.
Best: Jelena Jankovic
If you're gonna do a bold color, go for it like Jelena Jankovic. This lemon yellow is simple, yet elegant and looks divine on her.
Worst: Casey Dellacqua
Casey Dellacqua finds herself on the worst list for wearing one of the most underwhelming outfits. When the WTA logo is the most eye-catching part of your clothes, it's time to rethink your on-court attire.
Best: Roger Federer
Roger Federer would probably look good in an undershirt. However, we'll never know, because Federer always arrives to tournaments dressed to impress.
This Nike polo in mint, features shoulder trim in mystic green, similar to that of a tuxedo. It's the tailored sporty style that has become Federer's signature look.
Worst: Carla Suarez Navarro
Carla Suarez Navarro's outfit is far from the worst, but it lacks color, style or imagination. Most recreational players probably have better looking gear in their closets.
Best: Novak Djokovic
Like Federer, Novak Djokovic has developed a tailored style that always looks crisp and clean. This bright blue polo with contrasting white shorts is as fresh as it gets. Classic and sporty, the look makes Djokovic a well-put together guy.