The world’s top tennis players have descended on New York for the 2015 U.S. Open and are out-and-about for glitzy events and junkets thrown by sponsors in the tournament’s lead-up. On Thursday, Audemars Piguet took over the third-floor promenade of The Standard Hotel to celebrate its athletes — the Grand Slam’s number-one-seeded woman Serena Williams and fifth-seeded man Stanislas “Stan” Wawrinka — with a virtual tennis tournament.
Williams, whose blockbuster 2015 season could result in history, said the prospect of a night out, pre-tournament was not too daunting. “Well, thankfully, it’s a few days before. It’s not like the night before my match, so I just try to stay calm….It’s always fun to do some fun nights,” she said.
Should Williams win this year’s U.S. Open she would be the first woman to win a season Grand Slam since 1988, tie with Steffi Graf for 22 major titles and become the first tennis athlete to capture seven U.S. Open championship trophies. With that great a prospect, her victory plans seem rather modest: “I would just definitely plan on going home and laying in my bed in like an ‘X’ position, maybe for two days and then believing it. Regardless if I win or lose, I think I’m going to do that,” she said.
Having been on the professional circuit for nearly 20 years, photos from Williams’ earlier years have begun inspiring fashion insiders. Images of her beaded hairstyles from the early Aughts have recently appeared on the Instagram feeds of brands like Trademark and Ten Undies to much fanfare, with followers commenting on their love of the look.
WWD asked Williams if she too plans to revisit the style in the interest of fashion nostalgia. “It’s so funny you say that. I’ve been talking about that nonstop in the past month, stay tuned,” she said. “I’d just do the [bead] color I always did, which was the white — don’t spoil anything.”
Wawrinka, who defeated Novak Djokovic to become this year’s French Open champion, said that although it’s late in the tennis season, he has yet to tire of the sport. “I love what I’m doing. I started tennis because it’s a passion. Sometimes I get tired of traveling and playing week after week, and sometimes you need to take a day off the tennis court, but I think I’m very lucky to do what I’m doing now,” he said.