First up, the divine Roger Federer, who quite frankly can normally do no wrong in my eyes. Now, admittedly, his blazer last year was a bit dodgy, but what is going on with the cardigan? I mean, he’s about 26 not 86! Very odd behaviour indeed. Staying with the men, let’s come to Nadal. And with it, a general rule for all men: your armpits are unattractive. If you own tops that are remotely sleeveless THROW THEM ALL AWAY NOW. If someone whose job it is to spend all day doing exercise looks rubbish, trust me, you look appalling. – Imogen’s World

If you want to see Maria Sharapova play Wimbledon in a skimpy outfit, you will be sorely disappointed. … Banker Arthur Vanderbilt, 55, of Virginia Water, Surrey, said: “Why hide your legs away in men’s shorts if you’ve got a great pair of pins?”eddiebear

The Russian ace isn’t the only one putting the sartorial cat amongst the pigeons. Serena Williams wore a white belted mac for her warm-up yesterday, while bookmakers are offering odds of 500 to 1 that Brit star Andy Murray opts to play his first match today in a kilt.Vogue

Not to be outdone by Roger Federer or Serena Williams who opened Day One with their new fashion-forward duds from Nike, Maria Sharapova stepped on Court One today for her opening-round match with a little surprise of her own. The former champion made her first appearance wearing a two-piece tuxedo inspired warm up suit. Underneath, she was wearing a top with “a tuxedo bib front” and a pair of men’s shorts. “I’m changing it up this year,” said Sharapova, the 2004 champion. “I’m going with the traditional shorts, believe it or not. I’ve never worn shorts at a grand slam. I’m going to be debuting that. Call it menswear, obviously. It’s kind of like a tuxedo look, very simple lines, classic.” — Daily Racquet

[J]udging from postmatch interviews, Federer was upstaged on the fashion front — perhaps a further sign he’s in decline. His apparel inspired only one question, while Williams fielded five queries about the stylish white trench coat she wore onto court before beating Kaia Kanepi 7-5, 6-3. Sample of the questions and Williams’ responses:

Q: Was that an effort to keep the rain away this year?
A: I just love coats. I’m always buying Burberry coats. And I don’t know why, because I live in Florida, so it doesn’t really add up. Now I have a wonderful white coat I can wear on the court.
Q: It looked almost Carnaby Street-inspired. Was it a ’60s retro look?
A: It’s definitely kind of retro-inspired — buckles on the wrist, the waistband tie. You can tie it or button it.
Q: It’s not necessarily a piece of athletic attire. Did you have to get any special permission from the club to wear it?
A: It’s definitely not athletic attire. But it’s ladylike, and I’m very ladylike. It goes perfect with my personality. … It’s just delectable.

There were only three questions about Williams’ match, even though it provided a bit of drama when she faced a break point serving at 5-all in the first set. — Chroniclet

Serena Williams is a tennis player by vocation and a fashionista by design. Though Wimbledon requires all-white attire in the player’s outfits, leave it to Serena Williams to add flair within the boundaries of the rules of dress. She walked out in a white trench coat despite the sunny skies. The coat is part of the Nike collection, short and retro that would go perfectly with a mini-skirt, jeans or trousers or a fitted longer skirt. — Celebrity Fashion

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