Women’s tennis apparel has come along way in the 125 years of sport. From a heavy flannel material in the late 1800’s to the full-length flowing dresses of the early 1900’s to all whites in the mid 1900s, to shorter pleated shirts in the 60’s and 70’s, today we have an anything goes attitude when it comes to choosing tennis attire.
The truth of the matter is women tennis players today are in better shape and more athletic than they have ever been, so its only fitting they creative with their clothing and wear outfits that are comfortable, but also show off their athletic side.
Let’s take a look at some of the best women’s tennis outfits of all-time. Some are classics, some are way out there.
Venus Williams 2010 French Open – Did you see what all the talk was about in Paris this year? It was lacy and it showed some skin. Also of note was the skin-tone undershorts that kept the press talking. Venus didn’t advance past the fourth round, but this outfit will keep fans talking for weeks to come.
Serena Williams Catsuit 2002 U.S. Open – Ask anyone in the tennis know about the best outfit Serena Williams ever wore and there is no doubt they will bring up the catsuit. The year was 2002, and Serena broke out a Lycra catsuit in her first round match. One photographer described it as skintight, and not leaving much to the imagination.
Serena Williams Leather and boots at U.S. Open – Once again at The U.S. Open, Serena tried to outdo herself. In 2004, she donned black leather and some tennis shoes dressed up like leather boots. I guess she arrived for her match on her Harley. What a look!
Maria Sharapova – Wimbledon whites – It doesn’t matter what year, because nobody looks better in the Wimbledon whites than Maria Sharapova. Not only does Maria play well at Wimbledon she always dresses like a champion.
Ann White’s all white unitard at Wimbledon 1985 – American Ann White caused quite a stir at Wimbledon back in 1985. The solid-white body-stocking was the talk of the British tabloids for days. It was a cold, wet, and rainy evening when she broke out the unitard, I’m still not sure if she broke it out for weather reasons, or if she was trying to attract attention. Her match that night was suspended, when it resumed, Wimbledon officials made her wear something else.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands shiny, gold, futuristic get-up – Bethanie is known for taking chances on the court and with her attire. In 2007, the shiny gold outfit with matching headband was almost too much. It must have helped her game as she won her match in straight sets. Bethanie is also known for wearing a cowboy hat on the court as well as knee-high socks.
Anna Kournikova in anything – She became the most popular women’s tennis player in the world not because of her game. Her outfits by Adidas always fit perfectly and looked great.