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The US Open: Come for the tennis, stay for the wild ensembles. Our favorite hard-court tournament never fails to deliver an impressive dose of both, so as you gear up to watch the matches in Flushing, New York (here’s where to get your tickets), take a little trip down memory lane and enjoy some of the most unforgettable on-court looks to date.
What can we say? The late ’70s to early ’80s were an ode to man thigh, and the 1980 US Open was no exception. The Men’s Singles champion sported everything we picture when we think of tennis.
This Williams sister didn’t just win the 2002 US Open Women’s Singles championship title, she won it in a catsuit. This infamous onesie proved that black spandex is suitable for any occasion if you’ve got the talent to back it up.
You first heard of Björn Borg because your mother had a crush on him, but you remember him for his perfectly tucked tennis whites. Borg is famously one of the best tennis players in history (and the best at rocking a pristine polo).
Nadal was 19 during the 2005 US Open, but he graced the courts in a tank top and capris with the panache of a 15-year-old girl. Any pants that allow for such a wide range of leg motion aren’t quickly forgotten.
Sometimes the best way to channel your spirit animal is to dress like it. At least that’s what we assume Mattek was thinking when she wore this captivating cheetah-print dress and matching visor at the 2004 US Open.
A semifinalist at the 1989 US Open, Agassi brought nearly as much style as he did talent to the championships that year. Possibly the only thing that outshined his tennis chops was his quintessentially ’80s hair.
Maybe it was her patriotism or maybe it was her powerful shot that inspired this 2003 US Open pro to wear a star-spangled dress on court. Frankly, we’d like to wear it to next year’s Fourth of July barbecue.
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