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Top 10 Tennis Fashion Disasters

It just goes to show that great players can win playing in anything. These satorial crimes and misdemeanors vary between being victims of their time, slaves to fashion and downright bad.

1. Andre Agassi

It all flowed from the hair really, so the party had to continue all the way down. Andre invented a new style of on-court wear and depending on your sensibilities, pulled it off in the late 80s and early 90s, but time is cruel and you won’t be seeing much denim and lycra happening unless you’re Serena Williams.

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2. Radek Stepanek

The Worm is a bit of a fashion provocateur except nobody likes it. There are too many bad shirts to choose from so we picked his ‘referee shirt’ to make the point. The only thing missing is a whistle.

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3. Dominik Hrbaty

Maybe Dominik knew something we all didn’t? Perhaps there are sweat glands on your shoulder blades? Well, he must have thought so and somehow strong-armed his clothing company into manufacturing it. One of life’s eternal mysteries.

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4. John McEnroe

Invented the classic 70s tennis look aped by college kids at Halloween for decades now. McEnroe could be scary on court but not as scary as his fashion sense.

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5. Ivan Lendl

The obvious crime here is the hat but the eagle shirt edges it on closer inspection. He saved himself sunburn on his neck, so we’ll let him off – but not for the shirt.

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6. Stefan Edberg

Stefan had the unfortunate luck of being a champion in the 80s otherwise he’s quite a stylish dresser now. The tennis shirt tucked into stonewashed jeans with accompanying mullet haircut is fairly unforgivable – unless you’re being kissed while holding the Wimbledon trophy in your hands.

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7. David Nalbandian

David liked his bright colors especially hot yellows and oranges but it’s this shirt that has flagged him up for inspection. It’s something Edberg might have enjoyed in 1988 but the hot colors also did nothing for David’s attitude as his kicked a line judge while wearing it.

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8. Rafael Nadal

Every young tennis player was copying Rafa’s ‘Pirata’ look in the mid-2000s, but even Rafa realized he needed to jettison the pants and cover his guns a bit. Still, we’ve seen worse.

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9. Bjorn Borg

It’s ironic that Bjorn owns a fashion line because on this evidence he should not have been let near it. This must have been a confusing time for Bjorn during his comeback because he still wanted to use a wooden racket and clearly some of his 70s getup.

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10. Gustavo Kuerten

If you win 3 French Open titles then you earn some protection from the fashion police but despite pulling off blue and yellow, the hair and headband combination just doesn’t tie it all together.

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Where’s Tim Gunn when you need him?

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ATP Picks: Kitzbuhel and Washington D.C

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ATP World Tour tennis returned to Kitzbuhel in 2011 after a one-year absence, with Robin Haase excelling to win his first ATP World Tour title before repeating the success in 2012.

Austrian tennis is currently buoyed by Dominic Thiem – The 20 year old Austrian is capable of big things and could shine this week. Fellow Austrian Jurgen Melzer, plays in Kitzbuhel for the ninth time (8-8 record). His brother Gerald Melzer gets a wildcard and Andreas Haider-Maurer gets a place in the draw.

bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel

bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel

Let’s break it down:

ATP Level: 250

Surface: Outdoor Clay

Defending Champion:
Marcel ‘Grunter’ Granollers – The Spaniard comes in as the #2 seed on a 13-19 record but has a good draw.

Nasty Floater
Jurgen Melzer – The 33 year old vet is not done yet and loves playing in his native Austria.

Up and Coming: Alexander Zverev – The 17 year old has burst on the scene with his giant killing run in Hamburg

Slumping: Juan ‘Pico’ Monaco – Former world #10 is ranked 105 but still has class to win the tournament. Needs a good week.

On Fire: Robin Haase – The 2-time former champion here is having a patchy season but loves to play here and coming into form.

My pick: Phillip Kohlschreiber – Former finalist here seeks his 2nd title this year on an impressive  29-17 match record.

Did You Know? The event has been dominated by South Americans in recent years, with Argentines Juan Martin del Potro, Juan Monaco, Agustin Calleri, Gaston Gaudio and Guillermo Coria, and Chilean Nicolas Massu all triumphing between 2003-2008.

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The big 500 tournament in Washington D.C is an important even in the US Open Series and the tournament offers more than $1.2 million in total financial commitment.

Only 1 American gets a wildcard and that goes to 16 year old Francis Tiafoe ranked 1135, who in 2013, became youngest winner (15) of Orange Bowl 18s Championship. John Isner is the best bet for an American winner but he’ll have stiff competition from some heavyweights in the form of Berdych, Dimitrov and Raonic.

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The William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Cente

ATP Level: 500

Surface: Outdoor Hard

Defending Champion: 
Juan Martin Del Potro – Still on the road to recovery from wrist surgery again.

Nasty Floater:  
Sam Querry – If there is anywhere he can regain traction it’s on American hard courts. 

Up and Coming: Jack Sock – He’s beginning to make good on his potential but gets a bad draw.

Slumping: Richard Gasquet – Only played here once and lost 1st round. This season he’s been a ghost.

On Fire: Ivo Karlovic – Made 2 finals in a row in Newport and Bogota. In fearsome form right now.

My pick: Grigor ‘Baby Fed’ Dimitrov – 3 titles this year and Maria Sharapova on his arm. Confidence is high for the Bulgarian.

Did You Know? The Citi Open at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park is one of only eleven prestigious ATP World Tour 500 tournaments

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ATP Picks: Hamburg, Bogota

We’re back to Germany and Colombia on the clay this week!

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This big clay event with the worst sponsor name is a nice stop for the players, staged in the handsome city of Hamburg.

German participation is surprisingly minimal this year. Phillip Kohlshcreiber spearheads them while Peter Gojowczyk gets a wildcard. Jan Struff makes up the numbers. Speaking of wildcards, Alex Dolgopolov and Fabio Fognini have been frustratingly inconsistent but both have the game to win the tournament. We shall watch them with interest.

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bet-at-home Open – German Tennis Championships, Hamburg, Germany

Let’s break it down:

ATP Level: 500

Surface: Clay

Defending Champion: 
Fabio Fognini leads the field in Hamburg as he looks to retain the title he won last year with victory over Federico Delbonis. Iffy form of late however.

Nasty Floater: Martin Klizan – Coming back into form with an 18-7 record this year.

Up and Coming: Dominic Thiem – The 20 year old could cause some trouble but surrounded by clay court demons in the draw.

Slumping: Jerzy Janowicz – Can’t win a match right now. Time for a new coach perhaps?

On Fire: Roberto Bautista Agut – Having a career season so far; ranked 23 with a 28-15 record this year aad 1 title.

My pick: Philipp Kohlschreiber – Loves to play and win in Germay and should win his second ATP World Tour title of the season on home soil, following victory on clay in Dusseldorf (d. Karlovic).

Did You Know? The Rothenbaum Tennis Center, which features a retractable roof stadium seating 13,200 spectators – making it the largest centre court in Germany.

Claro Open Colombia

We return to Bogota for this tournaments 2nd edition. The country is on a high these days with success in soccer and a booming tourist industry. For its tennis players, Alejandro Falla came close last year to winning his home tournament and will hope to go one better. the tough left hanger has a chance. His fellow lefty countryman  – Alejandro Gonzalez – is ranked 72 and comes in with a 6-14 record hoping to put on a good showing.

Quite a wide open field with Richard Gasquet the top seed and favorite but still seeking his first win of the season after 2 runner-up finishes this year.

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Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Bogotá

Let’s break it down:

ATP Level: 250

Surface: Indoor Hard

Defending Champion: 
Ivo Karlovic – Won the inaugural edition and has enjoyed a good season so far. Making the transition from grass could be tricky however.

Nasty Floater:
Samuel Groth – Had a breakthrough week in Newport but can he make the transition to clay in time?

Up and Coming: Vasek Pospisil – made his breakthrough in Bogota last year, reaching the semi-finals (l. to Falla) before going on to reach the Montreal semi-finals the following month

Slumping: Bernard Tomic – He’s running out of time to be considered dangerous with his results.

On Fire: Ivo Karlovic – The serve is not slowing down at 35 years old and could scorch through the draw.

My pick: Richard Gasquet – He has more class than the rest of the field if he can serve well.

Did You Know? The Claro Open Colombia will be staged at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Bogotá, the same venue that hosted an ATP World Tour event from 1997–2002.

Thanks for reading and check back next week for more picks!