Shocking yellow images have popped up across the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. They are not a flowery sign of late spring or early autumn, but the trend of neon yellow tennis gear is reaching its peak.
Nike-sponsored players have been swimming in neon yellow at this year’s United States Open, and the color can be spotted across the stands on fans, too.
The color has been popular in tennis for a few years, but there has been nothing quite like the sight of Juan Martín del Potro, standing 6 feet 6 inches, and dressed in headband, shirt, wristbands, the top half of his shorts, socks and shoes, all in neon yellow.
The shocking hue bears a striking resemblance to another bright yellow object: the official United States Open tennis ball.
That can create a neat trick for photographers, as the ball occasionally disappears into players’ shirts for a fraction of a second just as photographers click their shutters.
But to players, there is no such illusion.
“I feel like at this point, you know, we should all know how to watch the ball,” Taylor Townsend, 20, said.
Townsend called the colorful outfits “superfun,” adding, “That’s not something you can worry about — or control.”