FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – For those interested in the U.S. Open collections from the various kit manufacturers, we've all seen the heavily Photoshopped promotional releases released until the season's final Grand Slam.
But how do they fit?
What do they look like when players move?
Are the color choices such that the sweat stains are somewhat alarming (see Nike – Mustard US Open Series Shorts)?
The qualification is a great opportunity to actually see the sets in action. Because if the lower-ranking players are sponsored, then they carry them.
This is how we knew that Nike's "baby doll, harmonically-pleated" white dress at Wimbledon a couple of years ago should be … about what we expected it to be.
adidas colors shine
For adidas, which has generally outperformed its larger tennis competitor, Nike, in recent years (more Nike's sake than theirs, really), the new sets are pretty amazing.
They do not necessarily make a statement as the "Pharell Williams" collection made. But they really smash – especially the woman's clothes.
Here's China's Shilin Xu, a 21-year-old ranked No. 215 who is evaluating new adidas gear, (though not a photo – or any other relevant information other than her date of birth – on the WTA Tour website).
Xu beat Victoria Duval in the first qualifying round, upset No. 32 seed Varvara Flink in the second and lost to Mariam Bolkvadze in three sets in the final round.
If we have a bone to choose, it is this (not new) perception of having the visors and shoes completely independent of the colors of the set.
One of these is a better option.
When the wind is picked up at the US Open (as it usually does), these plows fly everywhere. And it can prove a distraction as some of the women worry about exposing their … underwear.
Brooksby flies the colors in Qs
Meanwhile, American teenager Jenson Brooksby flew the new adidas colors right up to the men's main draw.
Brooksby had won two $ 25,000 ITF's earlier this summer – 10 matches, only four of which were with opponents who had an actual ATP Tour ranking at the time.
But he lost 6-2, 6-2, to Ernesto Escobedo in the first round of the Aptos Challenger in California a few weeks ago.
So at No. 394 in the rankings (close to his career high), you wouldn't have chosen the wild card to make the US Open the main draw.
He got a headline a year ago after winning the U.S. Boys' # 18; # 39; s in their final year of junior eligibility. But he only managed six games against Aussie John Millman in the first round.
This year Brooksby beat Kaichi Uchida and No. 27 seed Yuichi Sugita – both tough outs – in the first two rounds. And then he took Pedro Martinez from Spain (who had upset Tommy Paul in the second round) in three sets to get to the show again.
It was, to say the least, an impressive effort for a child to become a beginner at Baylor University this fall.
Brooksby pulled veteran Tomas Berdych, who has played a bit this summer and is in his protected position, in the first round.