US Open 2016: Best and Worst Dressed in New York

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett@@merlisaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2016

US Open 2016: Best and Worst Dressed in New York

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    Serena Williams
    Serena WilliamsDON EMMERT/Getty Images

    Serena Williams evoked Wonder Woman when describing to reporters the superhero-looking outfit she wore at the 2016 U.S. Open.

    Williams' day and night kits stood out from the color clutter worn by so many players, including her sister, Venus Williams.

    It seemed as if every color in the Crayola 64 pack of crayons was on display. Many of the outfits had a retro vibe, including the Adidas gear worn by Caroline Wozniacki and Lucas Pouille. 

    Meanwhile, Nike appeared to be pushing space-age fashion. It was hard to miss the neon NikeCourt outfits, especially since everybody seemed to be wearing them. 

    The best-dressed players managed to distinguish themselves in terms of style and design. Not all of the worst-dressed players looked horrible. It's just they were the worst among those who failed to dress the best. 

    The following are the best and worst dressed at Flushing Meadows in New York. 

Honorable Mention Worst: Grigor Dimitrov

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    Grigor Dimitrov makes a play on the ball at the 2016 U.S. Open.
    Grigor Dimitrov makes a play on the ball at the 2016 U.S. Open.Seth Wenig/Associated Press

    NikeCourt showcased a number of looks on several players. Among the worst was this neon-yellow-on-white kit worn by Grigor Dimitrov.

    The color sits on the center of the shorts and looks faded. It's neither daring or boring enough to make a statement. Nike calls this hue "volt." However, it's more like revolting. 

Honorable Mention Best: Svetlana Kuznetsova

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    Svetlana Kuznetsova during a match at the 2016 U.S. Open.
    Svetlana Kuznetsova during a match at the 2016 U.S. Open.Seth Wenig/Associated Press

    Svetlana Kuznetsova takes as many fashion risks as Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Like Mattek-Sands, Kuznetsova often pushes the envelope over the edge.

    However, with this outfit, she finally has a winner. The light blue ensemble from Qiaodan looks fun, festive and most-importantly, comfortable.

    If the logo reminds you of NBA legend Michael Jordan, that's because it sort of is. Jordan sued the Chinese company for basically ripping off his likeness and name. It went all the way to the Chinese supreme court

Worst: Simona Halep

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    Simona Halep hits a forehand during her opening-round match at the 2016 U.S. Open.
    Simona Halep hits a forehand during her opening-round match at the 2016 U.S. Open.JEWEL SAMAD/Getty Images

    Halep's outfit is part of the Adidas collection that was inspired by the New York skyline. Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber and several other players wore some form of the design. It's bright and eye-catching, especially in the pretty pastels Kerber has worn. 

    However, Halep opted for the mesh-covered shorts. Not only does the mesh cover the best part of the design, it cheapens the look.  

Best: Jelena Jankovic

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    Jelena Jankovic hits a forehand during the 2016 U.S. Open.
    Jelena Jankovic hits a forehand during the 2016 U.S. Open.Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

    Also worn by Timea Babos, this classy A-line dress from Fila is simple yet elegant. With a change of shoes and accessories, this dress could go from the court to the office and on to an after-work outing. In fact, Fila also introduced a formal jacket to go with the pinstriped piece and other dresses in this collection.

    It's a nice departure from all the neon craziness. 

Worst: David Ferrer

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    David Ferrer prepares to hit a forehand during a match at the 2016 U.S. Open.
    David Ferrer prepares to hit a forehand during a match at the 2016 U.S. Open.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    David Ferrer wore two different fuchsia-and-white shirts during his run at the 2016 U.S. Open. Both looked like a throwback to the 1980s. It's the summer, so bright, hot colors are expected. But the neon orange shoe-strings, gray shorts and black-and-white wristbands clash with his colorful shirts. 

Best: Pablo Carreno Busta

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    Pablo Carreno Busta hits a forehand during a third-round match at the 2016 U.S. Open in New York.
    Pablo Carreno Busta hits a forehand during a third-round match at the 2016 U.S. Open in New York.KENA BETANCUR/Getty Images

    Three cheers for the red, white and blue on this Joma outfit worn by Pablo Carreno Busta. The red accents around the collar and sleeves complement the red, white and blue sneakers. It's a tailored, sporty look. Yes, fine design exists outside of the Adidas and Nike factories. 

Worst: The Nike Neon-a-Thon

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    Doubles players shake hands after match at the U.S. Open.
    Doubles players shake hands after match at the U.S. Open.Michael Reaves/Getty Images

    Similar to the Adidas misfire with the zebra prints at the French Open, Nike gets it all wrong with these glowworm-looking kits. 

    The night version featured more black than yellow. A splash of neon with black was bearable. But these yellow colors, way too close to the shade of the ball, are hard on the eyes.

Best: The Adidas Multicolor Mash

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    Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova wear similar outfits during their match at the 2016 U.S. Open.
    Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova wear similar outfits during their match at the 2016 U.S. Open.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Getty Images

    This skyline-inspired Adidas design looked wonderful on skirts and dresses. Seen here on Kristina Mladenovic (dress) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the pattern can be paired with dark blue or bright orange tops and complementary wristbands. 

Worst: Laura Siegemund

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    Laura Siegemund hits a backhand during a third-round match at the U.S. Open.
    Laura Siegemund hits a backhand during a third-round match at the U.S. Open.DON EMMERT/Getty Images

    Laura Siegemund's outfit looks as if it were designed by committee. The back of the outfit featured criss-cross spaghetti straps. The front was all sporty. The skirt was half ruffled and half mesh. It was as if a group of designers couldn't decide on a concept and incorporated several. 

Best: Serena Williams

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    Serena Williams hits a forehand during a match at the 2016 U.S. Open.
    Serena Williams hits a forehand during a match at the 2016 U.S. Open.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Serena Williams called the long glove-like compression wear on her arms her Wonder Woman sleeves. The padding in the shoulders and the Nike emblem on the chest also add to the superhero look. Who better to pull that off than one of the greatest athletes of all time?

    The night version in purple-and-black looks more fierce. The day version, in softer pink and white, looks more fun. 

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