The best and worst dressed players at the 2011 French Open

Chris Chase
Busted Racquet

All 256 players entered in the 2011 French Open have taken to the red clay of Roland Garros which means it's time for Busted Racquet's quarterly look at the best and worst Grand Slam fashions.

For the second straight major, top seeds Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters make an appearance on the worst-dressed list. On the other side of things, Maria Kirilenko and Roger Federer continue their reign as the best-dressed tennis players on the court. As for Novak Djokovic? Let's just say winning matches doesn't equate to looking good in them.

The best dressed list

1. Maria Kirilenko

The neon racquet strings are a nice touch, as is the Karate Kid headband.

2. Roger Federer

Simply and classy as always.


3. Maria Sharapova

Though I'm not sure how much Eiffel Tower-inspiration is in the dress (I think Nike says stuff like this so saps like me will use it in headlines), it's an undeniably great look on her.

4. Fernando Verdasco

He makes it because of the shoeless relaxation and because he could double as a crossing guard if, and when, he loses in the tournament.

5. Ana Ivanovic

Her outfits don't change much from Slam to Slam, which is a good thing. Her results don't either, which isn't.

6. Dominika Cibulkova

7. Flavia Pennetta

Not too many stripes this year in France (does Dominique Strauss-Kahn count?), but Dominika and Flavia pull them off well.

8. Gael Monfils

The Frenchman has long been on the worst-dressed list until we came to the realization that he wouldn't be Monfils if he didn't wear the colorful, sleeveless shirts with ridiculous patterns. It's just Gael being Gael.

9. Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Same goes for the American, Mattek-Sands, who will move ahead of Venus Williams in the post-French Open rankings. Nobody else in the field pulls off that outfit, let alone the eye black.

10. Varvara Lepchenko

Crazy knee-tape patterns are the new black.

The worst dressed list

1. Kim Clijsters

In her second-round loss, Kim played like her clothes looked: ugly. It looks like daughter Jada spit-up all over that shirt. The new haircut looks great though.

2. Novak Djokovic

Dude's won 40 straight matches. The least they could do is get him a hat that fits.

3. Johanna Larsson

Forty-five years ago, Bob Dylan sang "and these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn." How prophetic.

4. Juan Ignacio Chela

In its spare time, Juan Ignacio Chela's shirt doubles as a map of the human genome.

5. Sam Stosur

The racquet frame looks good, at least.

6. Alex Bogomolov Jr.

Sorry Lleyton Hewitt, I still don't see how a backwards hat on the tennis court makes any sense.

7. John Isner

If those bars represent the attractiveness of player's shirts, Isner's would be the shortest.

8. Caroline Wozniacki

True story: Wozniacki got the idea for the ruffles from a display at Versailles and designer Stella McCartney stole the idea from her dad's jacket on the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's." OK, it's not actually true, but you believed it.

9. Thomas Schoorel

My elementary school class picture called and wants its shorts back.

10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

The shirt? Let's give it a C-. The dance moves? Is there anything higher than an A+?

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