In my humble opinion Milos Raonic has already won his first trophy of the 2016 tennis season. His New Balance Australian Open 2016 outfit is absolutely brilliant, last year he had some great combi’s but this one is stunning. I really like the blue shirt and shorts, but the yellow/orange details make it absolutely great. The shirt has a small yellow/orange New Balance logo and those strong colorful details are also seen under both his sleeves and on the back of his shirt and shorts.
Since wearing the contrasting long sleeves his outfits are really great, being the only player wearing this kind of combi’s makes him one of the standout players on the court. And he’s of course not a bad player either. The wristband and the New Balanceshoes make this the perfect combi to play at the Australian open especially when you take in account that these are colors you see a lot at the Australian open. I guess Raonic is very happy with his New Balance outfit so far, at this moment he’s in the finals of the Brisbane open where he will play Roger Federer again, so a great start of the season for the man from Canada. (update: Milos Raonic won his first title of 2016 by beating Federer 6-4 – 6-4 in Brisbane)
Although I really like the combi it scores 7.5 at this moment and the main reason is the fact that this is not future classic yet. Yes it is very fashionable but I honestly believe that Raonic has to wear these New Balance long sleeve combi’s for a while to become a trendsetter, because (unfortunately) I haven’t seen anyone wearing it yet. But most important he has to start winning big tournaments wearing his New Balance combi, if that happens he’ll probably be as influential like Nadal in his sleeveless shirt and pirate shorts. My own reviews are not so much based on extensive testing (though you never know what might happen in the future) but I review these products being a tennisfan and a graphic designer. So I look at the products slightly different, I look mainly at the design, if it could be a interesting fashionable tennis product and maybe a future classic. Durability is also imporant but that’s mainly based on the reviews I find, based on these 3 elements I’ll have my final overall impression.
Author: Vincent Bons // Photography: website New Balance + Getty Images Sport
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