Tennis Identity

Nike Introduces the Maria Sharapova Collection.

Maria Sharapova Australian Open Dress 2010 Part of the Maria Sharapova Collection

Today Nike announced the Maria Sharapova Collection, a line of high-performance tennis dresses and two piece outfits ready to roll out across 2010. Maria for the tennis masses. “It’s really incredible to be able to bring these looks that I love to so many women,” said Sharapova. “I am equally excited about working with the design team at Nike to see how much more innovative we can get crossing fashion-forward designs with high performance fabrics and silhouettes.”

Sharapova_Dress_Detail_002 First down the court-way is this beauty center-court dress, $110 USD. It's a lightweight two layer dress Sharapova sketched herself. The base is comprised of a Dri-Fit solid blue slip dress with printed mesh overlay. The mesh incorporates a blue, green and yellow watercolor print that will look perfect in hot, sunny Melbourne. The overlay features a high neckline with ruffled edging. Two rows of elastic define the waistline and cross in the back. See detail right. Watch her discuss the dress here.

Sharapova_Dress_Detail_004 Other pieces in the collection include two skorts and performance tanks. One skirt has a Turbo Green top layer with a contrasting Vibrant Yellow base layer while the other skirt features a Cool Mint top layer and a contrasting White base layer. Each piece will retail for $60. The detailing is very feminine.

Nike Maria Sharapova Golden Set Tank The performance tops complement the skirts, as one design features a dominant color of Vibrant Yellow with a hint of Turbo Green around the straps, while the other piece is predominantly white with Cool Mint accents. They're listed as the Golden Set Tank and Skort in some places. Does that mean you'll get a golden set (no points lost in an entire set)? If Sharapova wore it she'd get one on me for sure. Four up and coming WTA players will wear the group this year: Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan, Julia Geoerges of Germany, Anastasia Pivovarova of Russia, and Madison Keys of the U.S.

Her tennis shoes are custom, not available.

Sharapova's racquet? Learn more here. That racquet bag will look great with the new dress.

Find Maria's line soon at Nike and Tennis Warehouse.

A video retrospective of Sharapova's past Slam dresses is here.