Thinking of bringing back some vintage outfits to the court next season? We've got you covered with our favorites from throughout tennis history, modeled by some players you might be a bit more familiar with.
As Clay Court Tennis described in their article on fashion, there have been very distinct periods of tennis fashion. Starting from tennis’s first days to the twenty first century, tennis players have worn a multitude of different costumes.
Pre 20th Century: The Baggy Pants Era
This period was known for long baggy pants and all white outfits.
1900-1932: Tilden Era
American tennis star, “Big” Bill Tilden was a fashion icon and coined the cable knit sweater look.
1932 - 1970: Let there be Shorts
Henry “Bunny” Austin, one of the greatest British tennis players of all time, led the charge for shorts on the courts.
1970-1990: Intro to Color
Supposedly caused by the need to differentiate the players on the court, subtle colors are added to the previously all white kits. It was also during this time that headbands became popular.
1990s: Explosion of Color
Color erupted onto players’ uniforms. Additionally, the previously popular short shorts were abandoned for longer ones.
2000s Onwards: No Sleeves No Rules
In today’s era of tennis fashion, anything is on the table, including the no sleeve look that Nadal debuted during the mid 2000s, and continues to rock.