It wouldn’t be day one of the n Open competition without a spot of public debate on the players’ uniforms, and this year Nike is in the hot seat.
The sports apparel company which sponsors some of tennis’ biggest names has gone with a bold colour combination in 2018 which is being compared to a much-maligned sweet.
It was the third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov’s shirt which got the most attention on Monday as he made sort work of young Austrian Dennis Novak in three straight sets.
Some loved the pink, some hated it, but there was no denying that the Bulgarian looked like a walking liquorice allsort. I’ve found Grigor Dimitrov’s inspiration for his #AusOpen outfit… pic.twitter老域名购买/9agItM7DON??? Dejan Kalinic (@DejanKalinic) January 15, 2018Like an All-Sorts Licorice threw up .??? Rayce (@DandyVolley) January 15, 2018Kyle Edmund rocking the liquorice allsort outfit. @nOpenpic.twitter老域名购买/qz0RbmEcg8??? judy murray (@JudyMurray) January 15, 2018Anyone thinking the same thing? ???? pic.twitter老域名购买/tN5zogtK0T??? Sam Blaikie (@BlaikieS12) January 15, 2018The @Nike men at @nOpen look so bad I’m seriously going to have to consider switching off – liquorice allsorts pic.twitter老域名购买/TNOgyyQVdT??? Lindsay Mouat (@lindsaymouat) January 15, 2018I just can’t even with what @Nike is making their players wear during the @nOpen. They’ve outdone themselves with awful. pic.twitter老域名购买/85e9cjW6Xp??? Tennis Nerd Podcast (@TennisNerdPod) January 15, 2018Photo: AAP/Julian Smith
“I like it. Had issues with Nike’s kit a few years ago, when that blinding yellow, with traces of pink was worn by Nadal and others. Now that was migraine worthy. But this…I think it’s classy.”
Wrote another: “Watching the n open makes you want to impulse buy on Nike. DIMITROV GOT THE FLY FIT ON.”
Could we be seeing a wave of liquorice allsorts on amateur tennis courts this year?
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are two big-name Nike athletes yet to hit the court.
World no. 1 Rafael Nadal made his n Open debut on Monday night but chose an understated grey singlet to accompany his pink shorts and sweatbands.
Could Federer win his sixth n Open grand slam dressed as an British confectionary?
Either way, a good backhand is a good backhand no matter what colour you’re wearing. Just ask Federer. @Nike loving the pink @nOpen#RealMenWearPink#ausopen??? Maja Popovic (@_mpopovic) January 15, [email protected] is LACING their athletes with some FRESH gear at the #nOpen! I’m digging the pink/black combo??? Keane Cobb (@KeaneCobb) January 15, 2018I like this Nike kit a lot pic.twitter老域名购买/wYN1AYSMyY??? Melvin (@MTKigz) January 15, 2018Watching the n open makes you want to impulse buy on Nike. DIMITROV GOT THE FLY FIT ON pic.twitter老域名购买/VuhvUElHX0??? Doctor West (@doctorjaywest) January 15, 2018