American sportswear and apparel company Nike has unveiled its collection for the upcoming US Open in New York. Players will wear the 2020 Challenge Court Collection on court during tournaments in New York City from August 22 at the Western & Southern Open, followed by the US Open later this month.
The collection launched on August 17 to Nike Members, and will be followed by a general release on August 24.
Nike releases 2020 Challenge Court Collection which pays homage to Andre Agassi
The 2020 U.S. Open Challenge Court-inspired collection pays homage to Andre Agassi, the former World No.
1 player who made headlines with the Nike clothes he wore during his playing career. As per the Nike website, Abby Swancutt, NikeCourt Design Director, says, "Bringing back a historical collection from 30 years ago was inspiring, challenging and really fun.
We know the pieces from 30 years ago still resonate today." Speaking to Forbes magazine on the collection, Agassi says “It will be odd for me to see great players and athletes busting out the new performance materials and stuff I wish I had even then.
I got a chance to live with it and it has come a long way. I was just a teenager willing to take chances with a company also willing to take chances. We had some fun stuff over the years, and we get to relive it now”. The American tennis legend, who turned 50 years old earlier this year, says he tested the new collection on some teens he knew to get some real feedback on the collection.
“I kinda just put it to the taste test. I said, ‘Go ahead, buddy, open it up and tell me what you like.’ It was fun to see it through a 16-year-old’s perspective. After seeing his reaction, I felt even more inspired about maybe I would throw that on and get out there”.
Nike has a long history with tennis starting with Romanian Ilie Nastase. Over the years they have been endorsed by a large number of top tennis players including Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Grigor Dimitrov, Eugenie Bouchard, Bianca Andreescu and Nick Kyrgios. (Inputs from the Nike website, Wikipedia and Forbes; Picture from the Nike website)