Hydrogen: the skull logo emerging in tennis

Nikoloz Basilashvili in Hydrogen skull logo

Nikoloz Basilashvili wearing Hydrogen. He switched to Lotto in 2019. Source: MacKrys [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

If you follow tennis, you probably have seen the skull logo on players’ clothing at some point. An unexpected logo on tennis courts, partnered with some bold designs, you probably wondered what kind of brand it is. Well, it is Italian luxury sportswear brand Hydrogen.

Hydrogen the company

Designer Alberto Bresci founded Hydrogen in 2003. The Italian brand sells luxury sportswear for men, women and kids. They have a special line focusing on tennis and golf.

In addition to designing clothing, Hydrogen produces limited editions in co-branding.

Tennis players wearing Hydrogen

For the 2019 season Hydrogen has contracted Tomas Berdych and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Two high profile players to replace Fabio Fognini, who switched to EA7 (Emporio Armani) for 2019. Other male players wearing Hydrogen are Italian Simone Bolelli, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and Slovak Jozef Kovalic. Polona Herzog and Vitalia Diatchenko are two WTA players featuring in the Hydrogen tennis team.

Hydrogen also has some young ambassadors wearing their line.

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Hydrogen’s bold designs

The Hydrogen pieces are definitely noticeable on tennis courts. The skull logo for one thing, but the tennis line also features some bold designs. Comparing the Hydrogen tennis collection to more ‘traditional’ tennis clothing, you can definitely say the Italian brand is more out there. With lightning bolts, big numbers, American flags and camouflage colours the brand has some new and exciting elements and could well challenge current tennis fashion standards.

Buying Hydrogen clothing

Hydrogen has an online store and the brand has a global presence with retailers in Italy, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Sponsoring several top and upcoming tennis players will only increase their global visibility.

The clothing is also sold through ecommerce sites such as Tennis Warehouse and Tennis Point.

More ‘small’ brands aiming for a piece of the tennis market

Apart from Hydrogen, there are more brands trying to capture a piece of the tennis market. Nike, Adidas and Asics sponsor most of the top players, but there are more brands sponsoring high ranked players to increase their global visibility.

Other lesser known brands sponsoring tennis players:

  • Ellesse
  • Bidu Badu
  • Sofibella
  • Australian
  • Oakley
  • Qiaodan
  • Tonic
  • Mizuno
  • K-Swiss

So Hydrogen has fierce competition to win a piece of the tennis market. They are on the right track though with more and more people wondering what brand is behind that skull logo and those bold designs.

8 Responses

  1. Gerry says:

    I like their designs, but I have issues with the logo – a skull – a symbol of death! Why?

  2. HD Simons says:

    I’ve only seen these clothes on Russians, thought they were a joke.

  3. Cynthia Dauzat says:

    I love the brand because of its bold, exciting, bright colors. I love it.

  4. Skylar White says:

    Skull logo is very trendy. I can’t figure out how the players wear that fabric. It’s keeps you sweating more and too warm compared to cotton

  5. Jane @ Molecular Hydrogen says:

    Great brand for sure. I wonder if it’s related hydrogen inhalation being used as sports medicine by tennis players? amazing effects on ATP and VO2Max

  6. For the official North American store – https://luxsportwear.com

  7. Alex says:

    Its interesting to know the history and the meaning behind the skull logo.

  8. Alex says:

    Thanks for the exposure!

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