Making sense of the craziest men’s tennis fashion at the 2022 Australian Open

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The 2022 Australian Open is in full swing (pun intended), and while we’ve seen colorful off-court scenes before – from the bizarre “siuuu” chant taking over Melbourne Park’s myriad courts to the scandal of ugly visas of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic – what really colored were the outfits that some of the best players in the world have worn.

Tennis has always had an outsized influence on men’s fashion. Just look at how tennis sneakers like Adidas Stan Smiths and Dunlop Volleys have become casual shoe staples, or how tennis apparel brands like Lacoste and Sergio Tacchini – both founded by former tennis players – are become so iconic.

Indeed, some of the most notable men’s sportswear icons have been tennis players: Andre Agassi, Arthur Ashe, Björn Borg, Lleyton Hewitt (come on, everyone loves a backwards cap…)

We’re just days away from the prestigious Grand Slam tournament, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most stylish Aus Opens in recent memory. A particularly notable trend has been wild colors and prints – a throwback to the 90s, when tennis fashion was truly outrageous. We’ve rounded up some of the best looks from the tournament so far.

Liam Broady

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First up we have the No.4-ranked Briton and GB ATP Cup team captain for 2022, Liam Broady. Broady put up an impressive but ultimately unsuccessful fight against local legend Nick Kyrgios… But what was even more impressive was his outfit.

This rainbow pattern is truly amazing. Whether you thought it was a 90s fever dream or a chic bus seat, it was definitely hard to miss. We support it.

One element of Broady’s outfit that fans might have missed, however, was her rainbow-colored laces. It’s part of a campaign by UK LGBT rights organization Stonewall to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, with Broady being the latest athlete to lend his support. Great stuff.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime

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The Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, 9th seed, was also chosen today for his match against the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The tasteful red, blue and white gradient is both very modern and a bit retro at the same time. Very clean.

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It seems many Adidas athletes have worn kits with this type of gradient effect, with Germany’s Alexander Zverev sporting a similar black and red gradient on his kit during his match against fellow German Daniel Altmeier. Speaking of Zverev…

Alexander Zverev

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The world number 3 is still one of the most stylish players in world tennis: his long hair, his love of gold chains and big headbands make him particularly hard to miss. Zverev wore a tank top at last year’s Aus Open, but this year he opted for something a little different – as well as bringing a number of different looks with him for the tournament.

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The outfit he wore when he played Australian John Millman was particularly cool. Her shorts sported that faded effect we were talking about earlier (and her shoes matched her shorts), but the stripes on her t-shirt had a very classy effect that contrasted pretty well with the rest of the outfit.

Corentin Mouet

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France is the fashion capital of the world, so it’s perhaps no surprise that one of France’s rising tennis stars, Corentin Moutet, showed up in a rather fashionable outfit.

The super colorful graphic he wore during his match against Sebastian Korda of the United States was eye-catching to say the least. We’re also a fan of how he chose matching colorful bracelets.

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Moutet hasn’t had the easiest Australian campaign. Ahead of the Aus Open, Moutet found himself in hot water at the Adelaide International 1 tournament, getting disqualified for insulting the chair umpire immediately after losing the second set of his second-round match against the Serb. Laslo Đere. Rude boy, rude outfit.

Salvatore Caruso

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Finally, our vote for best dressed at Australian Open 2022 (so far) goes to Salvatore Caruso. The Italian world No. 146 may have been completely beaten by Serbian Miomir Kecmanović in the first round, but he won the team match quite conclusively.

This black, green, and white pattern looks like some kind of urban adaptive camouflage you’d see soldiers wearing. It appears to be a signature look for Caruso, who also wore a kit sporting the design at Bendigo International 2022 earlier in the year. We love it.

Caruso called himself the ‘world’s most famous lucky loser’ after appearing in the Aus Open draw following Novak Djokovic’s last-minute expulsion. We’re glad he made it to the Open if only for this awesome kit. Bellissime.

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