US Open’s Most Daring Trendsetters

Could this be the year of the Serena Grand Slam? All eyes are on Serena Williams, the top ranked female player heading into next week’s US Open tennis tournament.

While the 33-year-old tennis great aims to capture all the major titles in a single season, she has already left her mark on the record books. But Williams, a Nike sponsored athlete who once wore only Puma product, will also be remembered for her no-holds-barred on-court fashion style. Cat suits circa 2002, anyone?

The US Open — first round matches begin Monday, Aug. 31, in Queens, N.Y. — is widely considered the tournament where players go big and bold with their outfits.

Bethanie Mattek Sands at US Open Bethanie’s back. She upped her wow factor again, this time in 2011, with patriotic socks and Under Armour attire. Getty

If Wimbledon’s mostly all-white attire reflects British reserve, the US Open, much like New York, is in-your-face fashion.

With that in mind, Footwear News looks back at some of the more memorable fashion risks to be worn under the bright lights at the US Open.

In our round up, we’ve included the best of the best: from super-short skirts and skin-tight shorts to bedazzling beading and bodysuits.

There’s also a mix of creative color clashes, pretty polka dots and a pair of patriotic socks.

Who’s your favorite standout? Who missed the fashion shot completely? Tell us here or on Twitter @Footwearnews.

Click through the slideshow below for all the trendsetting looks.

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