Zendaya’s Chic Tennis Style and the Rise of “Tenniscore”

Last Updated: June 12, 2024By

The Trendy World of Tennis Fashion

With a new movie called Challengers coming out this weekend, Zendaya has been all over the place, hitting up red carpets and chat shows. And let me tell you, her outfits have been on point! Imagine shoes with tennis-ball heels and a dress covered in racket patterns. Yep, she’s making tennis fashion look super chic, just like the vibe of the movie.

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Now, I know most of us won’t be rocking a neon dress with tennis ball decorations anytime soon, but trust me, “tenniscore” is everywhere this year. From tennis skirts to polo shirts, everyone’s jumping on the trend.

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Tenniscore Takes Over

On Depop, which is a super popular fashion resale app, searches for tennis skirts and polo shirts have skyrocketed by over 50%. And it’s not just because of Zendaya. There’s a new Apple TV series called Apples Never Fall about a tennis family, which is also getting people hyped up about tennis fashion. Even big fashion brands like Miu Miu and Celine are getting in on the tennis action.

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At Paris Fashion Week in February, the tennis theme was all over the runway. It’s not a new thing though—fashion and tennis have been buddies for a long time. Back in the 1920s, French player Suzanne Lenglen was a trendsetter with her stylish Jean Patou outfits. And let’s not forget about tennis legends like René Lacoste, Fred Perry, and Stan Smith, who have all left their mark on fashion.

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Iconic Tennis Fashion Moments

Did you know a pavé diamond bracelet is called a “tennis bracelet” because Chris Evert wore one during the 1978 US Open? There have been so many iconic fashion moments on the tennis court, from John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg’s 80s style to Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi’s neon outfits in the 90s.

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And who could forget Billie Jean King’s dress during the “Battle of the Sexes” match in 1973 or Serena Williams’ bold black catsuit at the 2018 French Open? Tennis just has this inherent glamour, especially since it’s played in beautiful, sunny locations. It’s not like watching rugby or football in the rain!

 

The Glamour of Tennis

Tennis has always been a sport for the rich and famous. Robert J Lake, who wrote A Social History of Tennis in Britain, says tennis was one of the first sports where wealthy men and women played together. So, it makes sense that people look to the tennis world for fashion inspiration.

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Gary Armstrong, editor of a sport and fashion magazine called CircleZeroEight, adds that tennis players have always been seen as stylish and worthy of high fashion. Unlike footballers, tennis players often have endorsement deals with luxury watch and perfume brands. Emma Raducanu, for instance, is a Dior ambassador, Jannik Sinner works with Gucci, and Carlos Alcaraz, the 2023 Wimbledon winner, is featured in Louis Vuitton ads.

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Strict Dress Codes

But even with all this style, tennis dress codes are pretty strict. The French Open banned catsuits after Serena’s bold fashion statement, and Wimbledon has required players to wear mostly white since 1877. They did tweak the rules a bit last year, allowing colored undershorts to help female players feel more comfortable during their periods.

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Bold New Faces in Tennis

There’s a new wave of young players bringing their own style to the court. Players like Coco Gauff, Ben Shelton, and Jannik Sinner are not just talented but also bold with their fashion choices. And it’s not just the players. Morgan Riddle, who is dating American player Taylor Fritz, has become a tennis influencer with a huge following on Instagram. She even scored a sponsorship deal with Wilson and brings other influencers to tournaments, spreading the tennis love to new audiences.

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Tennis and fashion have always been intertwined, and it looks like this trend is here to stay. Whether it’s on the red carpet or the tennis court, the style game is strong, and we’re all here for it.

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Zendaya’s Chic Tennis Style and the Rise of “Tenniscore”

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