7 posts tagged "U.S. Open"
There are a few things Michael Jordan and Roger Federer have in common. Both, at various times in their careers as athletes, ruled the court. Driven by the unflinching desire to win, Jordan and Federer have achieved household-name status as seemingly invincible champions. Jordan was 33 when he retired for the first time with six NBA Championships and six NBA Finals MVP awards under his belt. Today, 33-year-old Federer will take the court at the U.S. Open for the 15th time, with hopes of winning his 18th major tournament. He’ll be wearing sneakers with the iconic Air Jordan insignia on the tongue.
“About a year ago, I heard that Roger wanted to design and wear a Jordan shoe on the court,” says Jordan. “I have followed Roger’s career and have been a big fan for some time now. I definitely thought this could be a really unique and special collaboration, and when I heard that Roger wanted the shoe to be modeled after the Air Jordan 3, I was in.”
No athlete compares to Michael Jordan when it comes to kicks, but Federer does have a signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour, designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man responsible for creating many of Jordan’s most iconic styles. Among Hatfield’s greatest contributions to the sneaker world: the Jordan 3, one of the most coveted of the Jordan oeuvre, originally released in 1988. (His Airness now has 29 signature shoes to his name.)
“To me, this collaboration is not just about style,” says Jordan. “The end product features the classic elephant print from the Air Jordan 3 and the best tennis performance technology. I think the fans are going to love it. To see a Jordan shoe debut on the feet of one of the best tennis players of all time is something really amazing.”
That shoe, the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor AJ3 by Jordan, will be available tomorrow, August 27 at Nike stores and on nike.com.
In celebration of the U.S. Open kickoff, we took a look back at some of the most stylish tennis moments on and off the courts in today’s “Open Season” feature. Whether you’ve already got your racket in hand or you’ll be watching the matches from the stands, here are court-ready pieces to put into play right now.
1. VS Sport by Victoria’s Secret front-close sport bra, $64, Buy it now
2. Boast racquet backpack, $175, Buy it now
3. Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour iD shoes, $165, Buy it now
4. Monreal London Ocean Drive leather and PVC visor, $250, Buy it now
5. Adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade dress, $120, Buy it now
The U.S. Open’s top-tier tennis matches are a chance for the fashion set to celebrate the last days of summer, as we prepare for the month-long marathon of runway shows ahead. Back in June at the Resort collections, we witnessed an uptick in kicky skirts and stretchy sheaths that would fit right in at the tournament. For our date courtside, we’d like to be wearing a deep green pleated leather mini from Alexander Wang or Viktor & Rolf’s flouncy thigh-grazer. As for the courts themselves, we could imagine trendsetting players like the Williams sisters, Ana Ivanovic, or Caroline Wozniacki (sadly, Maria Sharapova withdrew from the tournament last minute due to a shoulder injury) sporting Opening Ceremony’s sporty set or Preen’s fit-and-flare frock during a pre-match warm-up. Positively smashing.
This week marks the official start of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Tennis players continue to up their style game, and their outfitters—like Nike and Fila—are reciprocating. Nike players Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer are stepping out in bright red, pink, and blue—not your traditional whites. Fila’s players, like Svetlana Kuznetsova, are wearing the brand’s new capsule Pierliugi Collection. Named after Pierluigi Rolando, a former Fila lead designer, the collection is one of several they are rolling out in celebration of the company’s 100-year anniversary. Even if you aren’t actually playing in Flushing, no reason not to up your court style. Here, Style.com’s grand slam picks.
From top left to right: Lacoste + Catherine Malandrino pointelle polo dress, $450, www.lacoste.com; Fila 100-year jacket, $120, www.fila.com; Chanel racquet, price on request, available at select Chanel stores; Cortiglia Marina Bianco tennis tote, $465, www.cortiglia.com.