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August 31, 2007
Tennis anyone - anyone!

Associated Press

I'm not in New York, but I get the impression tennis fans are going to the U.S. Open and a fashion show breaks out on center court - pretty much every day since the tourney started earlier this week.

I know the Open is held in New York, fashion capital of the universe, but I'm not sure it's the best venue for breaking out with outrageous attire. And I'm not even talking about the attendees. The players - especially some of the women - are double-faulting big time.

For example, Bethanie Mattek of the United States (pictured), ranked 123rd, isn't high up enough in the tennis food chain to be sporting this silly gold metallic dress and matching samurai headband. And yikes, what a fashion don't she is with her visible black bra!

According to the Associated Press, it's not the first time Bethanie barked up the wrong side of the court when it comes to her attire. The AP says she was fined for wearing an argyle cowboy hat at the 2005 Open and showed up at last year’s tournament wearing a loosely draped beige top that resembled a toga.

Russia's Maria Sharapova had the good fashion sense to collaborate with Nike for her Tuesday night debut. She held center court's attention in a fiery red flared dress with hand-sewn crystals.

Our own Venus Williams looked sassy in a short, pleated green shirt and matching top. Kudos! Her sister, Serena, however opened competition in an empire-waist black dress with a pink bow, the Nike "Swoosh" visible. Paired with her trademark big gold jewelry the babydoll dress looked out of whack.

Now, I'm sure there are those tennis lovers who could care less about the outfits. But, if you consider the staunch rules about white at Wimbledon and the red dust flying and coating everyone at the French Open, our U.S. Open is wide open when it comes to courtly fashion.

But, with college football season in full swing Saturday, I probably won't give a hoot about haute couture. It's all about the pads and the punts!

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