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Adidas unveils Paris collection ahead of French Open, but fans left confused

Stefanos Tsitsipas' Adidas shirt features stylized graphics purportedly inspired by the botanical gardens surrounding Roland GarrosGetty Images

With the French Open main draw starting in two weeks, tennis fashion is "taking center stage," but Adidas' new Paris collection has "left many fans scratching their heads in confusion," according to Stephanie Livaudais of TENNIS.com. The collection "stands out as a discordant note" among the "various patterns and cool blues that dominate the rest of the clay-court looks." Adidas said the symbols featured in the collection are "bold graphics inspired by the botanical gardens" surrounding Roland Garros. According to Twitter users, they are "anything from illegible hieroglyphics to occult symbols or signs of the apocalypse." There are "wavy lines, droplets, a flower, a sun, some petals (?) and clovers." The collection is "primarily black and white," with some players "getting an additional light green or aqua blue color option." But when worn by the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas or Sebastian Korda, the pieces end up "looking more like a training outfit than something that’s going to turn heads on Court Philippe-Chatrier." The graphic print is "featured just on the front of the men’s tee and abruptly stops at the shoulder." The shorts are "relatively plain in black." The women’s line, as seen on the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Jessica Pegula, looks "slightly more put together with the print restricted to the back of the Y-tank and sides of the skirt." Livaudais: "No visual trick can distract from how disjointed and unfinished the Paris collection feels going into the most stylish major of the year in the fashion capital of the world" (TENNIS.com, 5/9).

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