Admit it...

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
The standard for tennis kits has declined. Nike especially losing their touch, as are the rest of them.
This is what the Big 3 used to look like on the court:




Now they look like this:




Yuck.

Not to say there haven't been outliers, but the trend is clear. You even see it with the lesser players. They went from this:



To this:



I think it's time to admit we're in a weak outfit era.

Discuss.
 
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Kralingen

Legend
Sergio Tacchini is the only good designer left in men’s tennis. I’m going to buy 3 more tracksuits once my direct deposit hits. Sergio is love, Sergio is life.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
That first Novak Adidas one is terrible. Also confused at how Fed's AO 09 is great but his RG 21 is a disaster?

Also don't like any of the ones in your modern caveats list other than the last one with Zverev.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
That first Novak Adidas one is terrible. Also confused at how Fed's AO 09 is great but his RG 21 is a disaster?

Also don't like any of the ones in your modern caveats list other than the last one with Zverev.
Nike good Uniqlo bad. It's not a disaster, just boring.
 

Antónis

Professional
I confess I don't look at players outfit - neither I care about what everybody else wear in my everyday life, unless it's something that it's so ugly or unusual that stands out, clothes is something I don't waste many time looking at
I don't buy "special closes" for playing, I'm picky about shoes because it's important to have nice appropriate shoes, and have comfortable shorts, the rest can be about anything.
So, what players wear, I don't really care
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
I confess I don't look at players outfit - neither I care about what everybody else wear in my everyday life, unless it's something that it's so ugly or unusual that stands out, clothes is something I don't waste many time looking at
I don't buy "special closes" for playing, I'm picky about shoes because it's important to have nice appropriate shoes, and have comfortable shorts, the rest can be about anything.
So, what players wear, I don't really care
So, what brings you to a generational tennis attire specific thread in the ‘Pros’ Racquets and Gear’ section...? :unsure:
 

Purestriker

Professional
The standard for tennis kits has declined. Nike especially losing their touch, as are the rest of them.
This is what the Big 3 used to look like on the court:




Now they look like this:




Yuck.

Not to say there haven't been outliers, but the trend is clear. You even see it with the lesser players. They went from this:



To this:



I think it's time to admit we're in a weak outfit era.

Discuss.
No lies detected.
 

initialize

Semi-Pro
I think once Fed left Nike, Nike pretty much gave up on all their creative designs. They figured there’s no point in creating GOAT outfits anymore since the GOAT is no longer with them
 
There is a lot of Nike bashing on here but honestly the biggest downfall in design sense I have noticed is actually in the apparel from European brands like Lotto, Sergio T, Diadora etc.

Admittedly, im referring to a longer period in time than the OP, but when you compare the expressive European flair of Sergio T and Lotto in the 90s or even Diadora as recently as the mod-2000s to what those brands have become now it is a depressing shift imo.

Im not sure what the main cause is - whether it is a mixture of many different international licensing deals creating uneven product that varies greatly by market, or if it is mainly to do with outsourced design and production departments that create a bit of an identity crisis in their brand. Maybe they just dont believe tennis apparel has enough crossover appeal to warrant devoting significant design resources to it.

Its so sad to see the Diadora gear that looked incredible on Guga is now reduced to tennis apparel lines that look indistinguishable from brands like Athletic DNA etc etc with polyester kits in weird clashy colours with random cropped graphic prints.
 
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