Best Dressed, WTA Finals 2016: Bethanie Mattek-Sands
There were both hits and misses in tennis fashion at the WTA Finals this year, and one of the downsides had to be seeing many players wear the same outfit, match after match. Both Fila and Nike had new collections for the finals. Adidas hung on with its U.S. Open collection.
“It’s surprising to many fashion oriented tennis fans, but wearing the same kit throughout an entire tournament and sometimes through months of them is very common in pro tennis. Players are restricted by apparel contracts and oftentimes by superstition when an outfit is especially winning, ” says Karin, editor here at T.I.
One player we can always count on to bring uniqueness to the court, however, is Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Following her recent uniquely stylish performances in Singapore we’ve decided to award her Best Dressed at WTA Finals 2016.
“Bethanie swings to her own tune and makes a singular effort to express herself in her fashion choices something many players can’t do when bound by the strictures of a singular contract. What you are seeing is tennis player as stylist, not some fashion director” Karin
It has to be said that Bethanie has made some questionable tennis outfit choices in the past, but nowadays her style consistently rocks (rather than shocks).
For the WTA Finals 2016 her looks seem to have been designed to match her black tennis shoes with blue laces and trademark knee-length socks (in black), which she wore throughout the tournament.
In the Doubles Quarter-Finals she teamed the shoes with a stylish black pleated skirt and a cute blue racerback top with black and white check design on the back and shoulders. Her accessories were also in keeping with the color scheme: a blue headband and black wristband. Hopefully Nike, the sponsors of her Doubles partner Lucie Safarova, were taking note of the shape and cut of her pleated skirt, which was just right.
For the Semi-Finals, Bethanie introduced a black and white tiger pattern skirt, which was coordinated with her headband and one of her wristbands. She matched the other red wristband to a black sheer top with red sports bra underneath. This was perhaps one outfit where she could have upped the style stakes even more by changing the laces in her shoes from blue to red.
And finally the Finals. Bethanie kept the best ‘til last and wore Lucky in Love’s fringe skirt (featured in our recent post on boutique tennis brands), a black and white stripy top and, as always, matching headband and wristbands (see close ups below). She managed to look even more elegant during the awards ceremony by adding a black long-sleeved cropped top.
Congratulations Bethanie, whilst you may not have been victorious in the WTA Finals Doubles this year (although finalist is pretty darn good), your tennis looks won us over and we can’t wait to see you on the court-walk next year!