Chatting with Julien Farel, who is styling the hair of top tennis players at Sony Open

Tennis players don’t all wear their hair tied back in ponytails or away from their face in sweatbands. Just ask stylist Julien Farel. The New Yorker is in town to gussy up the top players at the Sony Open at his on-site pop-up salon at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. We were interested to hear what tidbits he had to share:

Rafael Nadal: I adore Nadal’s beautiful, flowing locks. He always comes to see me every year to get his “tournament trim.” His long locks are his signature style, which he will often pair with a bandana — a great go-to accessory if you have long hair. I will never forget when he got it cut and initiated the trend of men with bangs. That was a great look for him.

Novak Djokovic: Novak’s trim is perfect for the court, especially for long tournaments, because it’s short and super easy to manage. To maintain the look, I recommend getting a cut every three to four weeks. Djokovic’s is a great look if you just got a new job and are looking for something a little more sophisticated, polished and professional.

Jelena Jankovic: Jelena’s sleek ponytail is very popular among many of the players because it’s super easy and stylish.

Maria Sharapova: No one wears the braided ponytail better than Maria. It’s classic, feminine and tres chic. We create a new version each year, so that we incorporate high-fashion and street-savvy styles on the tennis court. This year, we’ve created a a sleek, high pony with a tight-knit braid on top. Maria’s version of the braid is super soft, and there isn’t a need for much product to keep her hair in place. She uses her visor to do that job.

More info: www.sonyopentennis.com

Madeleine Marr