Tennis mavericks Roger Federer, Li Na, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Bernard Tomic, and Serena Williams hit the courts of Melbourne with Nike’s latest innovations that offer protection from the elements in style. Click through the gallery to see the looks each athlete will wear down under
Roger Federer A four-time winner on the sweltering courts of Melbourne, Roger Federer will cut a bold figure in his high-performance RF Smash Stripe Polo, made with Dri-FIT UV jersey fabric that provides sun protection and perspiration wicking. A dramatic block of color heralds Federer’s timeless and powerful style. The striking two-tone design continues with the sleek Nike Smash Woven Shorts, providing a traditional, polished look and pioneering fit and performance features.
RF Smash Stripe Polo Tennis legend Roger Federer chooses a classic, but not conventional look with highly advanced performance features. Dri-FIT UV jersey fabric in this polo wicks away sweat and provides protection from harmful UV rays. The sleeves are a touch longer than is typical, delivering added UV protection. A unique yard dye stripe design in this polo wraps around the body and the narrow contrast color stripe adds a modern take to a familiar classic on the court. Nike Smash Woven Short Designed to be paired with the RF Oz Polo, these well crafted woven shorts combine performance fabrics and enduring design details. Dri-FIT twill with a herringbone pattern helps keep you cool and comfortable and adds a striking design element. There’s also a terraced, contrast-color inset on the back yoke. A 10-inch inseam means modest coverage and a great fit.
Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour The Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour stands up to all playing surfaces, and carries the serious player through all the quick slides and lateral moves that intense tennis demands. An innovative adaptive system means a glove-like fit that helps create a secure, lockdown feel, and mesh throughout keeps the foot cool and comfortable.
Li Na Last season’s successes lifted Li Na up into the tennis stratosphere and made her one of China’s national heroes. She’ll start her 2012 quest for further glory in a white, clean-cut, Nike Pure Tennis top. A unique plunging neckline and two layers of fabric give this top a beautiful, modern feel and finish. The top combines a simple, clean style with Nike’s advanced Dri-FIT material for the ultimate in on-court comfort. With sweet cap sleeves and a flirty, feminine neckline, this high-performance piece works well with Li Na’s Nike Rally Knit Skirt. The crisp look continues in an old royal Nike Rally Knit Skirt with an appealing ruffle and contrasting black piping.
Nike Pure Tennis Top A unique plunging neckline and two layers of fabric give this top a beautiful, modern feel and finish. The top combines a simple, clean style with Nike’s advanced Dri-FIT material for the ultimate in on-court comfort. With sweet cap sleeves and a flirty, feminine neckline, this high-performance piece works well with Li Na’s Nike Rally Knit Skirt. Nike Rally Knit Skirt High-tech fabrics supply supreme comfort and sweat management, while the Nike Rally Knit Skirt’s flirty ruffled hem ripples flatteringly and enhances the range of motion. Contrast-color piping adds a fun pop; some styles add a contrast-color panel for an even brighter look.
Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal’s aggressive style of play demands an arresting look. He’s found it with the color-driven Nike Rafa Finals Crew. A fractured-geometric print over the shoulders distracts the opponent’s attention while the Dri-FIT jersey and mesh fabrics mean a lightweight, non-restrictive fit that will help keep the dynamic Spaniard cool no matter what the temperature. His surf wear-inspired shorts are quick dry, lightweight and use a Velcro and hook and eye closure to remove the weight and bulk of a zipper and offer an adaptive fit.
Nike Rafa Finals Crew Powerful tennis superstar Rafael Nadal keeps his cool in this ultra lightweight and breathable crew with his signature bull logo on the back hem and a vivid geometric sublimation print over the mesh shoulder panels. The focus on the perfect 360 degree fit resulted in removing the seam at the top of the armhole for better freedom of movement and adding bonded elastic taping to boldly reinforce seams at front and back. Mesh sleeves and side panels increase ventilation and reduce weight while Dri-FIT fabrics throughout help to draw sweat away from the skin. Nike Finals Short Designers set out to build a better short for Rafael Nadal and they found inspiration at the beach. Achieve a board short-inspired look with these ultra lightweight and quick dry shorts made with a gusseted Velcro closure to eliminate extraneous weight and bulk and deliver a customized fit. The shorts combine Dri-FIT stretch woven polyester and mesh for cool, dry comfort.
Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 Ultimate durability, maximum support and superior flexibility come together in the Air Max Courtballistec, the shoe of choice for Rafael Nadal. Mesh combined with the innovative DragOn 2X means this is an ideal shoe for aggressive players looking for long-lasting increased durability. Lunar and Max Air cushioning systems deliver comfort that lasts through every match.
Maria Sharapova It’s all about elevating design, craft and performance for fashion icon and tennis superstar Maria Sharapova. She’s starting off the 2012 season in a sleek white modernized dress with electric-green racerback straps. Named the Statement Slam Dress, the carefully constructed vents with mesh inlays along the bodice reflect the breathable gills of a powerful shark or super-charged racecar and help keep Sharapova cool and ready to attack. Contrast color in the mesh becomes a stealth weapon to distract the opponent.
Nike Maria Statement Slam Dress High-style meets performance innovation in this stunning premier quality dress designed for the glamorous and powerful tennis star Maria Sharapova. Nike’s innovative sweat-management Dri-FIT fabrics work in the garment’s body and in the pinhole mesh underlay to keep Sharapova cool and dry. The intricately detailed bodice uses front and back insets in a breathable, gill-like pattern to reveal the dramatic color-contrast mesh.
Nike Lunar Speed 3 Maria Sharapova flies across the baseline in one of the lightest, fastest and most flexible shoe on the court. The Nike Lunar Speed 3 uses full length Lunarlon technology for Nike’s softest ride, while extra durable rubber on the outsole and toe-tip provide excellent traction and durability. An arch fit lacing system locking the foot down completes the lightweight, high-performance package.
Bernard Tomic At barely 19, Bernard Tomic hopes for a smashing breakthrough on his nation’s highest courts. The Gold Coast native is the highest ranked male Australian, and the youngest in top 100. He’s wearing the boldly graphic Contemporary Statement Top, designed for cool comfort with Dri-FIT pinhole mesh on the back and shoulders.
Nike Contemporary Statement Crew An embossed graphic on the front panel gives this bold top a vivid modern look and the Dri-FIT jersey wicks away perspiration to help keep even the most competitive players cool and dry. The crew neck has elastic tape at the back of the neck to reduce chafing and the shoulder seams are rocked forward for an enhanced comfortable fit. Nike Contemporary Woven Short Find youthful style with this great-fitting contemporary short. Contrast-color insets at the back knee make a strong statement on the court. The Dri-FIT mesh gusset boosts ventilation and stretch polyester Dri-FIT fabric keeps you comfortable. The elastic waistband uses a draw cord for a customized fit and the 11-inch inseam delivers modest, modern coverage.
Serena Williams To pay tribute to Nike’s 40th anniversary of tennis in 2012, designers asked five-time singles champ and fashionista Serena Williams to look back and select her most favorite dresses for modern interpretations. Her gorgeous Nike Rally Statement dress is directly inspired by one of her memorable all-white dresses. specifically a 2004 gladiator style. With eye-catching, white piping around the neck and bust line, this mega blue dress uses complex shaping, stitching and pleating to create a flattering fit and fluid movement on the court. Sheer power mesh along sides helps Williams to stay dry and comfortable during long matches, while the Inner Definition bra uses molded cups for a smooth look and superior support.
Nike Rally Statement Dress Shaped panels on the front and back and princess seaming on Serena Williams’ bold and beautiful Oz Open dress visually narrow the waist, resulting in a graceful, flattering fit and another powerful fashion statement from the tennis great. The skirt’s inverted box pleats ripple with on-court movement. Contrast-color piping along the neck and bust adds attention-grabbing style and the Inner Definition bra’s molded individual cups enhance the shapely, supported look.
Women’s Air Max Mirabella III Serena Williams chooses this shoe to stand tall on the hard courts. The Air Mirabella provides exceptional stability and durability with Extra Durable Rubber on the toe tip for added protection in this high-pressure area. The distinctive arch fit lacing system locks the foot in with special support through the midfoot. Full-length Phylon foam and a visible Max Air heel unit provide lightweight cushioning and comfort.