Between her outfits at the 2010 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open, Nadia Petrova made pretty much every worst dressed list out there. Her US Open outfit was comprised of separates, both of the same rainbow striped pattern. Let’s just say it was neither flattering nor aesthetically pleasing. Things didn’t get much better when Nadia appeared at the Australian Open in a dress that resembled tie-die cotton candy. The dress was purple on top and bottom and blue in the middle, and it was all frills from the waist down. Once again, poor Nadia ended up on a lot of worst dressed lists, including mine.
So, when I found out that Nadia would be attending the media All Access Hour on Monday, I immediately wanted to ask about the fashion choices. But how do you ask someone why their clothes are so ugly? You call them bold, that is how. I asked Nadia a couple of ‘real’ questions about tennis and she seemed extremely open and friendly. I decided the fashion question was in. Here is a copy of our exchange.
Q. Recently you’ve made some pretty bold fashion choices on court. How much input…
A. Oh my god. That has nothing to do with me. Those are not my choices.
Q. That’s what I was wondering, how much input do you have in your outfits?
Q. So you don’t say, ‘this is what I want,’ you don’t meet with them? They just send them to you?
A. I don’t have a say. Um, I did actually provide them with some of my sketches because I know what really flatters my physique, my figure.
Q. Do you think they’ll take them into account?
A. Well they haven’t done it yet…and actually this is my last year with them. So I don’t see why they would compromise. They do what they think are selling in Japan and they are just sending it to me.
I could barely stop laughing during our exchange because she sounded so exasperated by the situation. I can’t even imagine her reaction when she opened the box and found the rainbow number from the US Open. As she said in the interview, her contract with Ellesse expires at the end of the year, and I have a feeling she won’t be renewing. I’m interested to see if her kits will become a bit more tame.
On another note, I have never been to Japan, but I really hope that rainbow outfit wasn’t a bestseller.