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Roland Garros fashion – winners and losers

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Paris looked nothing like the fashion capital of the world for a few hours on Monday when France's Gael Monfils faced off with Czech Tomas Berdych in the first round of the French Open sporting a rather garish outfit.

Maria Sharapova lit up Roland Garros when she stepped out for her title defence in a figure-hugging optical illusion purple dress but chances are the fashion police would have given Monfils 'nul points' for his multicoloured tank top over a black and red skin-tight body suit.

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While fans wanting to copy the styles of Sharapova and Rafa Nadal can expect to fork out a hefty sum to purchase replica outfits, Berdych appeared to capture the mood of a world still struggling to come out of recession.

His simple white shirt and black shorts bore the logo of an affordable high street chain popular all over Europe.

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Roland Garros is often a fashion focal point, with Venus Williams triggering a few bemused comments in 2010 when she flashed her skin-coloured underpants every time she belted out one of her trademark serves while wearing a lacy, corset-like dress.

Her sister Serena is also no stranger to raising eyebrows, having turned up in majors wearing outfits she has dubbed the 'Pink Panther' or all-in-one 'sexy catsuit'.

In Paris, her Cameroon football-strip inspired ensemble, complete with knee high yellow socks in 2002 was in total contrast to the more elegant dark grey dress she is modelling this year.

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In terms of masculine elegance, Roger Federer set tongues wagging by showing off a variety of all-white jackets, cricket jumpers and waistcoats at Wimbledon.

Monfils, however, was not the only one who left a lot to be desired with his choice of attire at Roland Garros this year.

Finn Jarkko Nieminen and Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu did not flinch when they suffered every woman's nightmare, turning up at the same event - or in this case court - in identical outfits.

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However, their choice of grey shorts and a pale orange shirt with a grey and white stripes did not exactly set off a battery of clicking cameras.

Text: Reuters

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