The Definitive Guide to Iconic Tennis Style for Wimbledon
Fashion's favorite sport? No question. Wimbledon starts on July 2, as the world's top tennis players compete for the major title at the All England Club. Tennis whites have inspired designers and film directors alike for decades. And some of the greatest players of all time, from Bjorn Borg to Roger Federer and Serena Williams, are known for having
LILI DE ALVAREZ
Spain's first great tennis player had impeccable personal style as exemplified by this white fur-trimmed coat she wore in 1926.
The French doyenne at Wimbledon in 1923.
The 1920s film idol claimed tennis was one of her favorite sports.
The world champion played up his nickname "the Crocodile," and famously launched his own clothing line featuring the motif. Seen here, after winning the Davis Cup at Wimbledon in 1932.
The elusive actress posed with a racket on the set of the 1929 silent film, The Kiss.
The iconic actress seen here in 1935 was a longtime tomboy known for keeping
The first player to win a "career grand slam" in 1935 is equally well known for his popular polo shirts featuring a laurel wreath.
The 1930s sex symbol took a breather on the tennis court.
The all-American actress was known for her graceful
The Queen Mother visited with American player Helen Wills Moody at Wimbledon in 1938.
The actress pictured jumping over the net in 1940.
JOHN F. KENNEDY AND JACQUELINE BOUVIER
America's golden couple played a match while engaged in 1953.
She became the first black player to compete at Wimbledon in 1951.
BILLIE JEAN KING
Seen here at Wimbledon in 1964, the 39-time Grand Slam winner and equal rights advocate was rarely seen without her stylish horn rim glasses.
The Italian tennis player's glamorous on-court looks generated so much buzz in the '60s that she started keeping her outfits a secret until the day of the match.
CLINT EASTWOOD AND LUCILLE BALL
An avid tennis player, Eastwood turned up alongside Lucille Ball at a California tournament in 1970.
Posing in a sporty knit set and tennis shoes, outside of a U.K. concert in 1973.
The first-and-only African American male tennis player to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open also had incredible style, as witnessed during this a 1975 Wimbledon match.
The '70s pinup knew a thing or two about looking good in tennis whites. Seen here in 1976 outside the Playboy Mansion after playing a charity tournament.
DIANE KEATON AND WOODY ALLEN
The lead characters in Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall met while playing a tennis doubles match.
Like Fawcett, this model-actress played in her fair share of celebrity tennis tournaments.
The Swedish tennis legend single-handedly ushered in the long hair-headband combo.
Arguably the best female clay courter of all time, Evert
One of the all-time greats surprised the Wimbledon crowd in 1976 when he paired a bowler hat with his tennis whites.
"I was proud to be different. I was the only colored player in France and all the other players were wearing Lacoste," says Noah (seen here in 1983) of his unique personal style and longtime partnership with Le Coq Sportif.
The model-actress, who later married Andre Agassi, squeezed in some court time in Monaco circa 1983.
If you follow pro tennis today, you're likely familiar with McEnroe's biting, play-by-play commentary. Back in 1981, the moppy-haired American legend upset Borg at the Wimbledon finals in one of the most memorable tennis matches ever.
Wimbledon loves a controversial fashion choice, and the spandex catsuit White wore in 1985 became her career highlight.
The former No. 1 player was a major contender in the
This Czech Hall-of-Famer embodied '80s style with her feathered haircut and wire frame glasses.
STEFFI GRAF AND PRINCESS DIANA
Princess Di got in some quality court time with the German champion player in 1988.
Bright neons were famously his color palette of choice, but Agassi's distinctive style still came through even in Wimbledon Whites circa 1991.
The original Baywatch babe wore a knotted T-shirt, crisp white shorts, and tennis shoes to a charity tournament in 1992.
Cher Horowitz and Dee Davenport nailed gym class chic while practicing their tennis game, in a scene from the beloved 1995 film.
VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Never forget the memorable scene in Wes Anderson's cult 2001 movie when Richie Tenenbaum, whose look was inspired by Bjorn Borg, suffered an emotional meltdown on the court.
This former child prodigy was equally known for being a pretty young thing who starred in music videos and (still) dates Enrique Iglesias.
Nobody will deny that Fed's graceful style, both on and off the court, has helped earn him the G.O.A.T. title.
Federer's biggest rival over the past decade used to have a big thing for wearing capri pants, as seen at Wimbledon in 2008.
Another beautiful Russian tennis ace, Sharapova's successful career has included endorsements from Nike and Canon.
Karl Lagerfeld sent a Chanel logo racket down his Spring 2008 runway.
John Galliano channeled iconic tennis style at Hermès' Spring 2010 show.
CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, AND PRINCE WILLIAM
The royal couple
Let's take another moment to bow down to Serena, seen here after winning Wimbledon in 2016.
The supermodel looked cute in her Nike crop top look and Cortez sneakers, at this year's French Open.
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