Petra Kvitova had a chance to debut the dress she would have worn at Roland Garros during the Czech Tennis President’s Cup at Sparta Prague tennis club, which was played from 26-28 May featuring a field of 8 Czech WTA players.
“I got to wear my @rolandgarros dress after all! It felt so great to be back on court today, even if in Prague instead of Paris. Petra Kvitova
“I got to wear my @rolandgarros dress after all!,” Kvitova said on social media. “ It felt so great to be back on court today, even if in Prague instead of Paris.”
The World No 12 , who is 30 years old, won the 3-day event, beating Karolína Muchová in the final, but is not planning on appearing in the next exhibition tournament in Prague this week, which is headlined by Karolína Plíšková.
This is among the several non-sanctioned pro tennis events appearing amid the coronavirus pandemic which has shut down the game since March.
Both the WTA and ATP Tours are not scheduled to re-start until end the end of July at the very earliest.
Kvitova has 27 career titles but winning an all-Czech exhibition tournament last week was a different experience for her and it felt weird to play in the absence of fans, the two-time Wimbledon champion told Reuters.
While it was still a special occasion for the former World No 2 to lift the trophy at her home tennis club where she had won a WTA event two years back, the feeling was not the same.
“I’m happy with the win for sure but it was a different kind of tournament,” she said. “Playing without fans was very weird as well.
“We hit some unbelievable winners and nobody was clapping, so it’s been really tough. But on the other hand it’s nice to have the game-feeling again.
“For me it was really different that I couldn’t have the towel between the points. It took a while to go for the towels, so I just left it on the bench,” she said in an interview.
“For me it was pretty annoying and, of course, the ball boys couldn’t hold it for me. And I didn’t know we couldn’t shake hands after the match. It felt such an un-gentlemanlike thing.”
Next up is the round-robin LiveScore Cup due to take place from 3-6 June 3 at the Stvanice Stadium in the Czech capital, will feature 6 European players and will also be played behind closed doors.
Former World No 1 Plíšková will be joined by identical twin Krístyna and 3 more top Czech players – Markéta Vondroušová, Karolína Muchová and Barbora Strýcová, as well as Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, who resides in Prague.
Vondroušová, 20, has impressive pedigree on clay courts, with the World No 18 making the final of the French Open last year.
World No 3 Plíšková said: “I am really looking forward to the start of the LiveScore Cup, and the chance to once again compete in my country alongside some of the best players in Europe.
“After our enforced season break, it’s brilliant that we will have this chance to again showcase women’s tennis to fans around the world, especially on clay at a time when the French Open would have normally been taking place.”
Both events have offered the players a chance to show off some of the on-court fashions that would have been on display in Paris this spring.
Marija Zivlak of Women’s Tennis Blog has highlighted the latest 2020 collections.
World No 5 Elina Svitolina pairs a casual-looking graphic tank with a layered pleated skirt.
The Ukrainian’s Nike Summer Sleeveless Top features a drawing of a tennis player hitting a backhand volley on a clay court.
What is special about the design are pleats on the shoulders that create an illusion of pulled-up sleeves.
The Nike Summer Slam Skirt creates a flirty effect with multi-tier, asymmetrical pleats and a combination of horizontal and vertical stripes.
Exposed elastic waistband and built-in shorts provide added comfort and coverage.
Kvitova showed off her new Nike Summer Paris Dress and Nike Summer Paris Jacket in Prague.
“What I like most about my outfit is the colour for sure. I love blue,” said the two-time Wimbledon champion.
Striped fabric infuses this dress with a punch of Parisian street style.
Racerback with cutout design adds breathability to this lightweight piece, while mesh at the neckline provides increased ventilation in this high-heat area.
While Maria Sharapova is well into her retirement, her Nike line continues to live on.
The new Nike Summer Maria Paris Dress brings sophistication and elegance to the courts, a tennis version of high fashion associated with Paris.
The dark blue lace is blended with breathable mesh, while a thick black sateen waistband adds an evening wear vibe.
Since the dress must be super comfortable to allow players to perform at the highest level, the fabric is stretchy and breathable, while the cutout back panel vents out extra heat.
Adidas is putting an effort to end plastic pollution by making top-performance tennis clothes from recycled waste intercepted from beaches and coastal communities.
The featured piece from the new collection is the adidas Prime Blue Dress, an all-in-one piece that comes with an integrated bra, attached inner shorties and a separate mesh top which can convert this dress from a tank to a short-sleeve design.
Generous use of camo-patterned mesh is what first catches the eye, while orange Y-back tank straps provide a pop of color to the all-black look.
Even without Roland Garros, we saw the dress on Kristina Mladenovic, during the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro in April.
The collection also offers the adidas Prime Blue Camo Tank with a huge V cutout and printed elastic strap on the back.
Tops from the Prime Blue collection can be mixed and matched with two skirt styles: the Camo Skirt and the Pleat Skirt.
During the clay-court season, Venus Williams was supposed to wear the Geometric collection by her own EleVen brand.
In this promotional photo from EleVen by Venus SS2020 Lookbook, we can see the American wearing the Challenge Dress that features geometrically-printed side panels.
New Balance’s apparel for this summer includes the Relentless Mesh Tank that mixes mesh jacquard and knit jersey fabric in a marine blue, navy and white colour-blocked design.
The top can be combined with the striped Summer Print Rally Skirt.
Lacoste and Roland Garros released a new tennis collection dominated by white and light blue tones.
Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit is presenting an ombre asymmetrical pleated dress called Lacoste Spring RG Dress.
The quick-drying design features a racerback cut with mesh lining, opening at lower back and built-in bra. The elegant pleated skirt is unique for its asymmetrical cut at bottom hem.
Blue looks great against the red French Open clay, so Asics also opted for that colour.
Julia Goerges would have worn this Asics Summer Elite Tank and Asics Summer Elite Skirt this fortnight in Paris.
The racerback tank features mesh fabric at back and under arms, plus strategically mapped mesh at front.
The men’s Association of Tennis Professionals and the International Tennis Federation have, like the WTA, suspended all sectioned events until the end of July at least.
There are plans for some of the leading players in the men’s game to compete in an exhibition tournament in Berlin in July, with an invitation extended for 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to join the field.
Edwin Weindorfer, director of what was the WTA bett1open, is planning men’s and women’s grass-court tournaments, with Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios all signed up.
“Following the example of the Bundesliga, we want to set new standards in tennis and organise a top event in difficult times,” Weindorfer said. “We are negotiating with two Grand Slam winners.
“We will definitely ask Roger Federer too, we know that he loves to play on the lawn.”
The men’s and women’s competitions in Berlin are set for 13-15 July and 17-19 July 17, with Elina Svitolina headlining the women’s contest.
Men’s World No 1 Novak Djokovic has also organised the new Adria Tour, hoped to be held in the Balkans in June.