This season, adidas has impeccably woven together the essence of age-old tailoring and the audacious spirit of breakthrough technology to launch its Fall/Winter 2023 London Tennis collection. An avant-garde move, it echoes the evolution of tennis – a sport that embraces tradition, yet constantly nudges at the boundaries of innovation.
Every piece in this eclectic collection emanates a nuanced harmony of traditional techniques and trailblazing technology. From single pleating to seersucker fabrics, adidas has flirted with London’s heritage while crafting attire that meets the demands of modern tennis. Notably, the collection also incorporates pattern efficiency technology, subtly highlighting the brand’s commitment to sustainability.
Annette Steingass, the Senior Director of Tennis & Court Sports Apparel, sheds light on this design strategy. She says, “When designing our tennis collections, we always strive to honor the surface it will be worn on and the city it will be premiered in. For this collection, we took inspiration from tailors in London. We studied their unique techniques and then worked on combining those methods, that have withstood the test of time, with our technology. We’re excited to see our next gen athletes in the collection as they strive to inspire new traditions on and off the court this grass season.”
The expansive collection boasts 14 unique pieces, each bearing the mark of meticulous craftsmanship and the adaptability of the latest adidas technology. Standouts include the Printed AEROREADY FreeLift T-Shirt, which is adorned with “Technical Heraldry” artwork that pays homage to the global sporting culture. The Tennis Seamless AEROREADY T-Shirt Pro offers unparalleled comfort, with its open hole design fostering breathability. The Tennis Seersucker AEROREADY 2in1 Short further exemplifies the collection’s nod to tradition with its use of seersucker, a fabric beloved by British tailors. Every piece is infused with the game-changing AEROREADY technology, ensuring athletes feel dry and comfortable on court.
The FW23 London Tennis collection, premiering in a color palette of clean white with accents of vibrant lucid lime and lucid lemon, will be sported by adidas’ finest – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger Aliassime, Xinyu Wang, Sascha Zverev, Dana Mathewson, Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari, and Martin de la Puente.
Felix Auger Aliassime shares, “Grass season is very special to me. It is the surface tennis was first played on. The prestige that comes with that is something you feel as soon as you arrive in the city. Honoring that legacy through what I wear on court is important to me. But at the same time, I want to leave my own mark through innovative play. To do that, the clothes I wear during the tournament have to meet the demands of modern tennis.”
With this collection, adidas has undoubtedly set a new standard in tennis fashion, a testament to its continuous strive for excellence and innovation. A blend of tradition, innovation, and sustainability, the FW23 London Tennis collection is an homage to tennis’s roots, a tribute to the cities that host the tournaments, and a nod towards the future of the sport.
The collection, which comes in a color palette of white with accents of lucid lime and lucid lemon, features in a size range of XS-2XL for men and it’s available to buy at adidas.com and via the adidas app.
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