Sharapova's new attire a classic little ensemble

Last updated 05:00 15/12/2010
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ENSEMBLE: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open.

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Tennis – and fashion – fans in New Zealand will be the first to see what glamour player Maria Sharapova will be wearing on court next year when she unveils a new outfit at January's ASB Classic.

Pictures have emerged of Sharapova's planned outfit for the Australian Open and it's customary for players to wear the same clothes at the Classic as they'll wear in the first Grand Slam of the year.

Sharapova, the world No 18 and top seed in Auckland, will wear the "Oz Open Ace Dress", which is made of lightweight dri-FIT material by her Nike sponsors.

This is supposed to let her move freely around the court while absorbing sweat and moisture from her skin.

The dress is peach and grey, although there is a two-piece variant, which is peach on top with pink trim and a grey skirt.

Sharapova was involved in the design process, including being responsible for the "boomerang back", which will see her back revealed more than in most other outfits.

"What we like to think about for the Australian Open is keeping our female athletes as unrestricted as possible," said Janice Lucena, creative director of Nike Tennis.

"With Maria's dress, there is some playful inspiration around Australia and some unrestricted mobility around the top."

Being the most photographed sportswoman in the world, there is always intense interest in what Sharapova will be wearing each year.

It's certain that pictures of her in action for the first time next season, at the ASB Classic, will be shown in newspapers and magazines around the world, giving the tournament unprecedented global coverage.

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