Celebrity Sports Style. Sharapova May Be Out, But She Won’t Rain on Nike’s Parade

August 27, 2008 • Celebrity Style

Sorry guys. Husbands and boyfriends everywhere are saddened by the news that Maria Sharapova’s shoulder injury is keeping her out of the U.S. Open this year. Wait, or is that just my husband?

According to WWD, both the day and
evening tennis dresses designed for Sharapova by Nike to wear at this year’s
Open more than likely will never be worn, instead going straight to the

“The U.S. Open is known for being a ‘red-carpet’ extravaganza, and we
wanted to design something fresh and innovative with all the
performance benefits Maria needs to compete and look her best on the
court,” said Colleen Sandieson, who has designed Sharapova’s Nike
tennis dresses for two years. “Of course we are disappointed, given the
fact that this is one of Maria’s favorite tournaments and [given] the
accomplishments she has achieved in the past, but we’re excited to
bring Maria’s inspiration and our collaboration with her to consumers
who we hope will be just as excited about the U.S. Open day and night
dress collection.”

While they may not be worn, Nike isn’t
letting what becomes of one of its most high-profile designs be lost
completely to its star’s injury. A limited collection still will be
available at nikestore.com for $95 for the day dress and $110 for the
night dress.

Source & photo: WWD

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