NEW YORK – Tomas Berdych doesn't strike you as the type to take massive fashion risks. On the surface, he comes across as a fairly bland type even if he actually does have a pretty great personality.
But his 2014 season under the H&M umbrella has been full of rather out-of-the-box experiments with tennis wear. Some have been promising; others, well, a little scary.
The various shades of burnt orange and brown might hit the recycling bin, after his straight-sets loss to Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open Thursday.
But one thing seemed clear from the get-go: if Berdych was going to wear referee's stripes or flowers, or shades of earth, his team was going to have to do it, too.
Not coincidentally, it's also great advertising for the brand; you hope Team Berdych got a cut for sharing the pain.
Here is Berdych's H&M year in review. It's hard to draw any conclusions about whether it affects his game; he's had good results with scary ensembles, poor results with milder versions. And vice versa.
(Photo Credits: Mostly Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca, except for Mike Frey/BPI/Rex (Oz Open team jerseys, Miami), Oscar Gonzalez/REX (Madrid), Patrick Post/AP (Rotterdam), AP/Ben Curtis (Wimbledon match), AP/Aljaz Rahi (Oz Open), Juergen Kasenkopf/REX (U.S. Open match)