Another year sees another headache for the tennis clothing manufacturers of the world as they have to try and come up with something interesting that hasn’t been seen before.
Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to headaches for us as some ghastly merchandise gets worn to the courts. At the Australian Open in Melbourne this has been epitomised by the 1980s throwback adorned by Argentinean star David Nalbandian.
The ‘Mountain Range’ effect is one of the worst to be glimpsed for a while, but he is not the first, and will undoubtedly not be the last, star to perform a wardrobe malfunction at a major.
maria sharapova’s 2-4-1 offer
At the 2010 French Open, Maria Sharapova took to the court looking like she had found two separate outfits cast aside in the Roland Garros rubbish heap and sewn them together.
sharapova dressed for dinner
In fact it almost surpassed the bizarre “peacock” waistcoat she had adorned at that year’s Aussie Open. She had just signed a $70m contract extension with sports conglomerate Nike, but she maybe should have been looking at other brands after this faux pas. Consequently, she crashed out in round one to Maria Kirilenko.
bethany mattek-sands’ wardrobe
Well, you could put a lot of what the American star has adorned in this category, but this leopard print semi-pyjama number is up there with the worst. Funnily enough it didn’t make her play like a jungle cat on the prowl, as the 26-year-old has never won a WTA Tour level title or progressed past the fourth round of a major.
stepanek’s patriotic stand
Radek Stepanek is another common offender, but nothing quite beats when he turned up wrapped in a flag in 2007. It did, however, help the Czechs to a shock 3-2 Davis Cup win over the Swiss, including Roger Federer, in the World Group Play-offs.
Morphsuits might currently be all the rage with drunken lads on a stag do, but in 1985 American Ann White stunned the tennis world by turning up to Wimbledon in a sparkling white ‘onesie’. The shocking outfit won her a set off Pam Shriver, but when the match resumed the next day she had been told to wear something more conservative. Without the power of spandex, she succumbed to defeat.
andre’s denim number
Andre Agassi is another who had a number of fashion faux pas during his younger days, but this denim shorts number and brilliant 80s outlandish shirt gets a special mention.
The Williams sisters are other common offenders, and it’s a good place to finish to mention one of them. We’ve plumped for Serena’s catsuit from the US Open in 2002.
What have we missed? Which other stars have had fans calling for the fashion police over the years? Let us know below.