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The U.S. Open: Serves Off the Court

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The 2023 U.S. Open ended on Sept. 10, and people worldwide were glued to their screens waiting to see if 19-year-old Coco Gauff would beat Aryna Sabalenka, or if Novak Djokovic would win his 24th Grand Slam title – both of which happened. However, some of these adoring fans were watching the U.S. Open intently for reasons beyond the court. Each year, celebrities crowd the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York City. They flaunt the newest fashions, cheer on their favorite players and hard launch their best-kept relationship secrets. The U.S. Open truly is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year — and the tennis doesn’t disappoint either.

Style guides such as Vogue’s claim that the key to the perfect U.S. Open look is polished comfort, featuring light and airy pieces with classic accessories. Many celebrities clearly followed these guides, with stars like Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried and Rachel Brosnahan all wearing the timeless styles of Ralph Lauren. Meanwhile, some celebrity couples decided to coordinate their styles, such as Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves’ matching all-white ensembles, or Justin and Hailey Bieber’s twinning black leather jackets, accented with some rather bold accessories.

Junior Emilia Migon was somewhat surprised by the Biebers’ style choices, especially compared to some of the other stars in attendance, but she was not shocked, having seen many of Justin Bieber’s fashion moments in the past.

“As per usual, Justin Bieber’s fashion sense is quite unique,” Migon said. “It almost looks like something you would wear to a festival like Coachella, not the U.S. Open.”

Justin Bieber became the talk of the media after fans caught a glimpse of the bold pink Loewe sunglasses that he was seen sporting. It was hard for many to focus on the matches being played on the court when such a statement was being made in the stands. Of course, true to his care-free nature, Bieber only made himself more prominent by pairing the look with a polka-dotted baseball cap. His wife, Hailey Bieber, contrasted his style choices with her classic slicked-back hairstyle and minimal makeup. Bieber wore a large silver “B” necklace as her statement piece, paired with gold hoops.

The Biebers’ bold looks drew the eyes of more than just the fans. CNN reported that Coco Gauff, the women’s champion of the 2023 competition, owes her success in one of her matches to the presence of the Biebers.

“I thought, ‘I cannot lose in front of Justin Bieber.’ I didn’t lose a game after I saw that,” Gauff said.

Although Gauff was unaffected by their bold fashion choices, Justin Bieber was not the only celebrity that turned heads throughout the competition. Kylie Jenner and Timothée Chalamet made their official debut as a couple — news that left many fans of the two with mixed feelings.

Junior Maggie Harper reiterated the initial feelings of most when asked about her reaction to the news that the couple was dating.

“I didn’t like it,” Harper said.

However, Harper’s feelings quickly changed when asked about their presence at the U.S. Open. Even those that did not think they would ever see the couple together suddenly had a change of heart when shown their matching all-black outfits and sunglasses.

“Actually, I admit that was super cute,” Harper said.

This issue has divided the internet, with many people like Harper unable to decide how they even feel about this unexpected relationship.

The U.S. Open was a pivotal moment in the sports world, of course, but the real drama took place off the court. From the classic fashion to the standouts, those in the crowd took center stage, and the controversial appearances will surely stay in headlines for weeks to come.

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About the Contributor
Claire Dodds, Arts & Features Editor
Claire Dodds is a junior from Cresskill, NJ concentrating international relations with a minor in art history. She has previously served as a contributing writer for the News and Commentary sections. On campus, Claire is involved in the Ski Team, Spoon University, and is a member of a Greek letter organization.

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