The frills are gone at this year’s Australian Open, so too is the flashy beading that adorned previous years’ outfits as players opt for simple fashions in tough times.
Instead of the babydoll nighties that once lit up a tourney renowned as the “Glam Slam”, many of the top women are taking to the court in simple scoop neck tops, turning it into a dowdy “Singlet Slam”.
The top 10 seeded Russians Dinara Safina and Nadia Petrova wore yellow singlets in the opening rounds, along with Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who matched hers with a grey skirt. World number one Jelena Jankovic turned up for practice in a grey singlet, although she later ramped up her fashion credentials by unveiling a major deal with a Chinese sportwear manufacturer.
Even the glamorous Ana Ivanovic has opted for a singlet, albeit in a stylish magenta. Such singlets are the attire of construction workers in Australia and, with a few tattoos and a cigarette tucked behind their ear, the girls could fit right in at a building site.
They may be missing the influence of defending champion Maria Sharapova, tennis’s top clotheshorse, who is currently injured.