Sharapova to honour Big Apple in her wardrobe for US Open

NEW YORK - When Maria Sharapova defends her US Open title this week, she will be wearing tennis dresses decorated with graphic interpretations of New York's skyline.

NEW YORK - When Maria Sharapova defends her US Open title this week, she will be wearing tennis dresses decorated with graphic interpretations of New York's skyline.

The designs, created in collaboration with Nike senior designer Colleen Sandieson, were unveiled last week at the Rockefeller Centre.

Like last year, Sharapova will have one outfit dedicated for day play and another for night matches.

"It's always important to feel comfortable in what you're wearing when you're playing, but in tennis you can do so many things with your wardrobe," Sharapova said, wearing the flame-red dress in a flared shift silhouette that she will wear at night.

The colour is in honour of the Big Apple. "I've worn a red top before but never a red dress, but there is no better place to do it than New York," she said.

The dress is a sleek garment made of a breathable wicking jersey. It is constructed with a no-sew technique with seams bonded with heat and silicone instead of thread.

There are more than 600 Swarovski crystals incorporated into the design, adding a little flash to the outfit, but Sharapova said it's simple and classy, which suits her taste. - Sapa-AP

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