Top Tennis Fashion Faux Pas and Fiascos

After a week that has been dominated by intestinal bugs flying around quicker than a tennis ball in Indian Wells affecting both players and journalists, I thought this week would be an ideal opportunity for a bit of light-hearted fun and have a look at some of the fashion ‘statements’ the players have made on the tennis courts which have left jaws dropping, minds boggling and begs the question “what were they thinking?”

In a battle of personal taste and brand endorsements, below are some of the most shocking and outrageous outfits worn on court to date.  Over the years, there have been quite a few and here we have ten of the most memorable fashion faux pas of extreme tennis fashion for you to feast your eyes upon.

Fernando Verdasco: The 2012 season has opened up with Adidas endorsing a range of brightly colored, fluorescent outfits, which various players such as Fernando Verdasco, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alexandr Dolgopolov have been sporting since the Australian Open. There have been a range of crew neck t-shirts in various shades of neon with equally bright graphic prints on the front.  Each is very bold, very bright and did I mention very fluorescent?  Although the shirts are traditional in style the illuminating colors have certainly brightened up 2012 so far…

Nadia Petrova: In tennis there is no bigger stage than a Grand Slam arena and at the US Open in 2010 Petrova unveiled her stripy, colorful number, which made it very difficult to focus on the lines of the tennis court as eyes were drawn to the many lines on her multicolored dress.  Since it’s appearance at the tournament, we have not seen a replica similar to this design since….

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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