Since its early beginnings, tennis players have been established as both sports and fashion icons. They were obliged to follow certain dress codes up until the turn of the century when a revolution took place. Once colors and designs started to change, these tennis players were able to show both their sports skills and their taste in fashion.
Ever since, the tennis courts have witnessed some of the best and worst fashion moments.
Serena Williams is known for her impeccable taste in fashion, both on and off the courts. She has appeared on numerous red carpet events, and even one of Beyoncé’s music videos. This tennis player is said to nurture her confidence with her style which most often includes careful color blocking and subtle patterns that make her play appear effortless during any match.
Roger Federer ‘s friendship with Anna Wintour is definite proof of his taste in fashion and women. His headband is said to be a trademark accessory and often complements the color patterns of his choice. The recognizable red and white pattern is also one of Federer’s best fashion moments, although he is known to stir things up. The 2016 Australian Open witnessed one such occasion where the tennis player chose a gradient green on his shirt, shoes and headband.
The other side of tennis fashion is often lead by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and her eccentric style. Unusual accessories and socks are standard elements of her outfits which tend to stand out from the rest with their designs. That’s why many fashion critics often recommend certain blogs to Mattek-Sands in order to inspire a better combination for her following appearances.
Another fashion fail which left permanent effect on most of the audience at the last French Open was the zebra print. Zverev and Thiem wore this design by the brand Adidas despite the fact that no one had succeeded to make the zebra print fashionable next to the greenery of the tennis court.
The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova is also known for experimenting with her tennis outfits. Nevertheless, she has managed to turn them into a trend instead of a faux pas. During the past decade, Sharapova introduced elements of classic male garments which were softened by embroideries and Swarovski crystals. Nowadays, she has found a less explicit way to promote her favorite brands.
Another male tennis player who found his way through the many Uniqlo kits is Novak Djokovic. He is somewhere in the middle on the scale of best and worst fashion moments. He is mostly recognized by the usual red color paired with white or black which suits his physique almost perfectly. However, this has become such a trademark that people are not pleased by any of his recent changes. Seeing him in bright blue or green has caused a couple of shocks among the audience which is not used to seeing their favorite Serbian tennis player in subdued tones.