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Tomas Berdych is taking his game to the next level. Not tennis, fashion (or lack thereof). The 6th seed got Twitter buzzing when he opened his 2014 Roland Garros wearing another gem from H&M’s “Tomas Berdych Collection.”

The offending garment? A short-sleeved Hawaiian print in dark blue, which features lightweight, breathable fabric and a back section and side panels in mesh.

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Naturally, there were a lot of opinions on offer, many of which were negative. But is the shirt, priced at $29.95, and available at the H&M website, really that bad?

Berdych doesn’t think so:

“No, they brought the idea of making the flowers for, well, spring and summer basically. As you know, I think it's very popular, like through all the fashion brands. You can find everything with the flowers for the summer, so I was just really convinced in the first second and I said, yes, of course.

It's really nice. It's very different. Especially like today, you know, when I was like watching my opponent and then you see that the ball boys are running all around, and basically you have to find out if he's a ball boy or it's a player because everyone wears the same and everyone looks the same.

So this is something different, which I like. You know, it's a fashion brand, so they need to have something what is not like simple like what you can have from the sportswear."


While Berdych was happy with his sartorial stylings, the rest of Twitter took the opportunity to rail against the unconventional Czech:




We’ll spare you the really graphic insults. Just do a Twitter search on “Berdych Shirt” if you want to dig deeper…

What did you think of the shirt? Leave your opinion in the comments…

By the way, Berdych won his first-round match (Roland Garros is a tennis tournament not a fashion runway after all), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, over Peter Polansky of Canada.

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