Tennis Attire

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Canadian, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Canadian

    Canadian One of the Regulars

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    This might seem like a dumb question, but when one is playing tennis, what does one wear?

    I typically wear cotton shorts, a white cotton polo and if it's cold out, a cricket sweater.

    What is the vintage answer to a warmup suit?
     
  2. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

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    The vintage answer to a 'warm up' suit would probably be the trousers referred to as 'blanket bags': loose fitting, fluffy trousers made from blanket cloth. These were widely used by rowers and examples can be seen in the 'Oxford bags' thread.
     
  3. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    White flannel trousers were popular for play:
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    Blazers and polo coats were worn pre and post match:

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  4. Canadian

    Canadian One of the Regulars

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    When did shorts become part of the correct dress. At my club, virtually everybody wears shorts, often a nylon weave. I typically wear cotton shorts, because it allows me to put some balls in my pockets. People who are wearing long sleeves are wearing nylon track suits.

    I find that as my club is only open during the warmer months, it's important to take advantage of the nice weather and wear shorts.

    The image of men wearing a blazer and polo coats is interesting. I have seen some people wear sweaters off the courts, for example as they wait for their friends to arrive.
     
  5. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton Practically Family

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    I've watched Wimbledon, as in the entire tournament as much as televised, every year since the late-70s, and I don't remember anyone until Roger Federer bringing back the sweaters and sportcoats pre/post match. As part of his Nike/RF clothing line, they sell both the sweaters and sportcoats. Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and the other 70s and 80s cast of players may have worn sweaters at one time, but that was more about the evolution of fabrics than about fashion. They mostly wore sweatsuit attire from what I can remember.

    I prefer cotton shorts and a T-shirt. I've never been too formal about it. It's all about function. Shorts that are both loose-fitting and that have pockets big enough for two tennis balls on a side (my left, since I'm right-handed). I put a lot more effort and time shopping for shoes than I do the clothing. Happy feet are good feet.
     
  6. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    Bunny Austin wore shorts at Wimbledon in 1932 and by the end of the decade they were de rigueur.
     

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