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On the eighth day of Christmas…

…LoveTennisBlog gave to you, eight maids a modelling, seven pairs of slippers, six Swiss watches, five silver charms, four tennis balls, three great reads, two pairs of Armani pants and a Gilette Fusion Razor Blade.

Russian InStyle Featuring Miss Sharapova

Tennis is the top female professional sport and with the girls at the top of the game enjoying publicity, its no wonder they soon become household names because of endorsements on and off the court. LTB takes a look at the top eight players who made a mark on tennis fashion in 2010:
Giesla Dulko was the inaugural winner of the LTB Fabulous Frock Award at the French Open, modelling Lacoste. SImple but classic outfit to match the city it was worn it, Paris.

Ana Ivanovic won the US Open Fabulous Frock Award for her pink adidas creation.

Maria Sharapova is perhaps the most obvious choice of tennis model: tall, blonde and very attractive looking. Its no doubt she was voted the WTA Most fashionable On & Off Court at their 2010 Player awards. On court, she wears Nike along with Tiffany jewellery at the Grand Slams, with new creations designed specifically for each one. Off Court, she can frequently be seen at fashion events in the latest trends and top designer labels. Recently Maria graced the cover of InStyle in Russia, which is good for Maria and good for tennis.

Serena Williams is also sponsored on court by Nike and is well known for modelling the most outrageous outfits on court. Remember the skin tight cat suit at the US Open with matching knee length boots for the warm up? This year, Serena gave us Strawberries & Cream inspired dress with red pants – only Serena could get away with those!

Venus Williams goes one step further along the fashion spectrum and designs her own clothes range for her label eleVen. I have to say, I do like the designs, they make a change to the many should I say, conservative, outfits that other well known sports brands mass produce each year.
Caroline Wozniacki is the muse for the Stella McCartney range made by Adidas. Caroline got to wear the same dress, in different colours at the 2010 Grand Slams but rumour has it, there will be four new outfits for 2011. Hooray! Perhaps that’s a good incentive for the World Number One to win her maiden Slam next year…

Kim Clijsters was one of a few WTA stars who featured in the New York Times shoot by during the summer. The amazing photos captured the tennis star in new light, showing off the elegance, athleticism and grace of the US Open champion. Plus, she makes this list after having a very own Barbie Doll made in her image. How cool for little daughter Jada!

And last but not least: Laura Robson. The rising star of British Tennis made her debut with an interview with UK Vogue and managed to upset a few apple carts in the process, telling fibs on fellow female tennis players. Hmmm, that will not earn her any extra friends in the locker room next year. Humble pie anyone?

Perhaps Santa will bring each of these leading ladies of Women’s Tennis a bigger wardrobe for Christmas. They sure seem to have enough clothes to fit them, lucky for some…

Paris Courture

Ok girlies, this one is for you! (Guys you can read this too, no one will ever know, honest!) Fashion Week normally hits Paris in March and September with Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Givenchy all showcasing their latest couture designs on catwalks across the French capital.

This week it’s the turn of Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Lacoste, Fred Perry and Fila to take to the courts of Roland Garros with the world’s best tennis stars their models.

Now we at LoveTennisBlog don’t profess to be fashion experts or super stylists but blame it on the impending release of Sex and the City 2 if you like (the movie is out on screens tomorrow!), we thought we’d look at the latest outfits and give them the once over.

La Vie En Rose

Plain Jane in Pink - Justine Henin

This classic French saying actually means life through rose coloured glasses, literally ‘life in pink’ which is exactly the colour Justine Henin and defending Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova have gone for in their bright Adidas and Fila outfits respectively.

Both girls are like Steffi Graf before them – a big if not predictable fan of the plain two-piece. No fancy frills or cut outs for these pair, oh no, they let their rackets do the talking and stick to t-shirts and skirts time after time.

Vogue – Strike a pose

The Williams sisters along with Maria Sharapova are at the other end of the scale when it comes to how they look on court. There is always a new bag for Serena, a new outfit Venus designed herself as she attempts to raise the profile of her own brand EleVen and new Tiffany designed earrings for lucky and lanky Miss Sharapova.

Serena this year in Paris has opted for my favourite colour – blue! Vibrant, full of life – a bit like the American herself then, the 2002 champion gets noticed in her custom made Nike number.

Venus sports her LBD whilst Serena goes for Bright Blue

Nike also has fashion-conscious Maria on their books and the two champions are never dressed alike, reflecting their individual style and preference. Maria’s Paris ensemble is a mix of and soft grey and deep burgundy to ‘compliment the clay courts of Roland Garros’. Nike’s words, not mine! Now although the wrap detail is quite nice, I’m not so sure about the colour mix. Hmmm, the fashion jury is still out on this one…

Sharapova's New Nike Dress

As every girl will know, when all else fails, stick to black. It’s the classic look that never dates. Venus models her very own little black number with an orange piping, perhaps relating to the colour of the court surface Miss Williams?

LBD Campaign

That leads me nicely to an idea I have to propose to the French Federation of Tennis. You all know that the All England Club at Wimbledon enforces an ‘all white’ rule for tennis players during The Championships. Now I’m aware of the complaints and the annoyance it causes to some of the players who hate to be told what to wear, but really it does look super smart against the crisp green green grass.

Soooo, I propose the FFT ask players to wear predominantly black outfits.

I remember back in the late 90s a host of tennis stars including Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Iva Majoli and Mary Pierce all wore black creations and they looked so sophisticated and striking against the bright red clay.

How special it would be for Paris to impose this new rule in the city which Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel herself gave birth to the LBD and Hubert de Givenchy designed many a little black number for Audrey Hepburn, the queen and perfecter of the Little Black Dress. Do I have any supporters behind me on this one?

Fabulous Frock Awards

Hold onto your handbags cause here come the awards! Yes, Mesdames et Messieurs, the LOVETennisBlog Fabulous Frock Award goes to (drum roll please) Giesla Dulko. Wearing the French label Lacoste, we couldn’t help but marvel at her chic classy navy shift dress with white piping. The epitome of cool, understated glamour on the court, we just had to salute her effortless style.

If the FFT don’t go for all-black rule, I would happily settle for an all-navy rule given the French Connection with all things navy and blue. LND doesn’t have the same ring to it I’m afraid, but we could work something out.

Alas with every winner must sadly come a loser (it’s the harsh world of tennis I’m afraid, I didn’t make this rule up). Now black and gold is normally an acceptable colour combination, screaming expensive taste but the worst dressed accolade just didn’t conform to Parisian grace and allure – this outfit simply screamed out ‘999’ to the French Fashion Police!!!

Winner of the Frumpy (what were you thinking) Frock Award - Aravane Rezai

She is French, she is a rising star of the clay court season this year winning the Madrid Open but Aravane Rezai ain’t winning no style awards in her two- piece so she goes home with the Frumpy (what were you thinking) Frock Award. It’s published here in black and gold for you all to see – am I being too brutal on my assessment? Let me know what you think out there.

That’s all for now my fashion friends, Au Revoir! Mwah Mwah!