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The Definitive Guide to Iconic Tennis Style for Wimbledon

With all eyes on Wimbledon, we look back at the best tennis fashion-on and off the court.
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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 personal style that rivals their racket skills. Here, a look back at 45+ tennis pros and celebs who aced the on-court look.

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.

SUZANNE LENGLEN


The French doyenne at Wimbledon in 1923.

GLORIA SWANSON


The 1920s film idol claimed tennis was one of her favorite sports.

RENÉ LACOSTE


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.

GRETA GARBO


The elusive actress posed with a racket on the set of the 1929 silent film, The Kiss.

KATHARINE HEPBURN


The iconic actress seen here in 1935 was a longtime tomboy known for keeping active, and was particularly fond of golf and tennis.

FRED PERRY


The first player to win a "career grand slam" in 1935 is equally well known for his popular polo shirts featuring a laurel wreath.

JEAN HARLOW


The 1930s sex symbol took a breather on the tennis court.

GINGER ROGERS


The all-American actress was known for her graceful dancing, and brought that sense of balance to the court.

QUEEN ELIZABETH


The Queen Mother visited with American player Helen Wills Moody at Wimbledon in 1938.

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AVA GARDNER


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.

ALTHEA GIBSON


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.

LEA PERICOLI


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.

DIANA ROSS


Posing in a sporty knit set and tennis shoes, outside of a U.K. concert in 1973.

ARTHUR ASHE


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.

FARRAH FAWCETT


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.

CHERYL TIEGS


Like Fawcett, this model-actress played in her fair share of celebrity tennis tournaments.

BJORN BORG


The Swedish tennis legend single-handedly ushered in the long hair-headband combo.

CHRIS EVERT


Arguably the best female clay courter of all time, Evert seen here at age 17 in 1971 was praised for her powerful backhand and prim little Ellesse outfits.

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JIMMY CONNORS


One of the all-time greats surprised the Wimbledon crowd in 1976 when he paired a bowler hat with his tennis whites.

YANNICK NOAH


"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.

BROOKE SHIELDS


The model-actress, who later married Andre Agassi, squeezed in some court time in Monaco circa 1983.

JOHN MCENROE


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.

ANNE WHITE


Wimbledon loves a controversial fashion choice, and the spandex catsuit White wore in 1985 became her career highlight.

BORIS BECKER


The former No. 1 player was a major contender in the '80s, and has gotten his groove back coaching Novak Djokovic today.

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA


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.

ANDRE AGASSI


Bright neons were famously his color palette of choice, but Agassi's distinctive style still came through even in Wimbledon Whites circa 1991.

PAMELA ANDERSON


The original Baywatch babe wore a knotted T-shirt, crisp white shorts, and tennis shoes to a charity tournament in 1992.

CLUELESS


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


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Already teenage phenomenons in the late '90s, the Williams sisters made a case for beads, braids, and braces early on in their careers.

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.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA


This former child prodigy was equally known for being a pretty young thing who starred in music videos and (still) dates Enrique Iglesias.

ROGER FEDERER


Nobody will deny that Fed's graceful style, both on and off the court, has helped earn him the G.O.A.T. title.

RAFAEL NADAL


Federer's biggest rival over the past decade used to have a big thing for wearing capri pants, as seen at Wimbledon in 2008.

MARIA SHARAPOVA


Another beautiful Russian tennis ace, Sharapova's successful career has included endorsements from Nike and Canon.

CHANEL


Karl Lagerfeld sent a Chanel logo racket down his Spring 2008 runway.

HERMÈS


John Galliano channeled iconic tennis style at Hermès' Spring 2010 show.

CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, AND PRINCE WILLIAM


The royal couple are avid tennis fans and regulars in the stands at Wimbledon.

SERENA WILLIAMS


Let's take another moment to bow down to Serena, seen here after winning Wimbledon in 2016.

BELLA HADID


The supermodel looked cute in her Nike crop top look and Cortez sneakers, at this year's French Open.

From: CR Fashion Book

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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