US Open 2014: Best and Worst Dressed at Flushing Meadows

Merlisa Lawrence CorbettFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2014

US Open 2014: Best and Worst Dressed at Flushing Meadows

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    Roger Federer awaits a serve during his second-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Roger Federer awaits a serve during his second-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Al Bello/Getty Images

    Every summer, New York, America's fashion capital, hosts the U.S. Open. Suddenly, tennis courts become runways where players model the latest in on-court couture.

    With hundreds entered in singles and doubles, making the best-dressed list requires more than mere stylish attire. Individuality adorned with high fashion and functionality separates the best from the rest.

    Inevitably, there are fashion faux pas. The worst dressed distinguish themselves by wearing ill-fitted, unflattering outfits. They simply miss the mark.

    Here are the best and worst dressed at the 2014 U.S. Open.  

Honorable Mention Best: Tomas Berdych

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    Tomas Berdych in H&M stripes during his match against Lleyton Hewitt.
    Tomas Berdych in H&M stripes during his match against Lleyton Hewitt.Al Bello/Getty Images

    Tomas Berdych finally got it right. For the first time since signing on with H&M, Berdych hits a style winner. The color combo can transition from summer to fall. The bold block stripes on the shorts are crisp and cool. The ensemble is part of an entire fall line from H&M.   

Honorable Mention Worst: Monica Niculescu

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    Monica Niculescu hits a forehand during a match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Monica Niculescu hits a forehand during a match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    Monica Niculescu misfires in this dot matrix kit. First thing you notice is the logo clash between the Wilson cap and the Asics top. Then there's the off-putting digital patterned shirt.  

Best: Simone Bolelli

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    Simone Bolelli during a match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Simone Bolelli during a match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Al Bello/Getty Images

    Simone Bolelli of Italy insists he wasn't playing to the crowd when he wore red, white and blue stars and stripes on his sleeve. Instead, his Hydrogen outfit was more fashion statement than ode to Old Glory. 

    Statement made: Star-spangled boldness. 

Worst: Radek Stepanek

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    Radek Stepanek (left) with doubles partner Leander Paes during the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Radek Stepanek (left) with doubles partner Leander Paes during the 2014 U.S. Open.Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

    Radek Stepanek brought out the red, white and blue, too. However, he donned the colors for the Czech Republic instead of the USA.

    Designed by a small Czech company called Alea, Stepanek's shirts are reportedly popular in his homeland. 

    A doubles specialist who's been on the ATP Tour since 1996, Stepanek must have a shirt selection akin to that co-worker with an endless supply of awful ties. Yes, people snicker when he walks by, but they would be disappointed if one day he showed up wearing something bland and basic.

     

     

Best: Serena Williams

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    Serena Williams wears her night-time leopard design during her first match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Serena Williams wears her night-time leopard design during her first match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Jason DeCrow/Associated Press

    When asked about her leopard print attire during a post-match interview, Serena Williams responded with a growl and a Catwoman-like scratching motion. 

    Williams, known for iconic fashion choices over the years, knows how to wear a show-stopper. She accented the leopard dress with pink leopard wrist bands and black leather shoes with a pink Nike swoosh.

    Her daytime pink leopard dress is just as nice, but not nearly as bad, as in naughty. 

Worst: Jelena Jankovic

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    Jelena Jankovic during her first-round match at the U.S. Open.
    Jelena Jankovic during her first-round match at the U.S. Open.Elsa/Getty Images

    Jelena Jankovic's lizard-skin patterned dress is an animal print gone wrong. The beautiful purple hue can't rescue this reptilian fail. Jankovic, the WTA's drama queen, sometimes tries too hard and pushes too far. This is one of those times. 

Best: Agnieszka Radwanska

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    Agnieszka Radwanska hits a forehand during a U.S. Open match.
    Agnieszka Radwanska hits a forehand during a U.S. Open match.Julian Finney/Getty Images

    Speaking of patterns, how cute was Agnieszka Radwanska in this polka-dot dress by Lotto? The adjustable straps and flouncy skirt strike the perfect balance between sporty and flirty. 

Worst: Marina Erakovic

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    Marina Erakovic during her first-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Marina Erakovic during her first-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    It's hard to figure out what Fila was going for with this Marina Erakovic dress. The top looks somewhat nautical. But the bottom could pass for a circus tent. Had it ditched the bottom and made the top into a dress, Erakovic might have made honorable mention for best dressed. 

Best: Vania King

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    Vania King gets ready to serve during her second-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Vania King gets ready to serve during her second-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Elsa/Getty Images

    Vania King's streamlined orange and white dress is the best example of simple elegance. Made by Minx, a Los Angeles-based boutique luxury sportswear company, the dress looks as comfortable as it is beautiful. The contrast in color and lovely A-line epitomizes glam at the Slam. 

Worst: Victoria Azarenka

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    Victoria Azarenka hits a backhand during a match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Victoria Azarenka hits a backhand during a match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

    Bold can be beautiful. But sometimes it's just bad. In the case of Victoria Azarenka's tuxedo meets boy shorts getup, it's awful. 

Best: Roger Federer

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    Roger Federer during a second-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Roger Federer during a second-round match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Darron Cummings/Associated Press

    Azarenka could learn from Roger Federer about how to stay on the right side of that fine line between bold and brash attire.

    This black Nike outfit with white accents is quintessential Federer style. The black socks with Nike swoosh finish the look for Federer, the best-dressed man in tennis. 

Worst: Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios

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    Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios during a doubles match at the 2014 U.S. Open.
    Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios during a doubles match at the 2014 U.S. Open.Julian Finney/Getty Images

    Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios channeled their "Wonder Twin" power in the form of bad taste. The doubles team, the future of Australian tennis, looked futuristic in these Star Trek castoffs.

    Beam them up, Scotty. They're finished at the 2014 U.S. Open.