As a tennis player, hitting targeted shots is naturally the most important thing, but watching the game comes second.
With the likes of Emma Raducanu signing multi-million pound deals with fashion houses such as Tiffany & Co. and Dior and the rise of athleisure, it’s clear that what you wear in court matters. Even off the court, tennis apparel has seeped into our summer wardrobes with Bottega Veneta and Miu Miu leading the pack with tennis-inspired designs as part of their SS22 collections.
We can trace contemporary women’s tennis clothing back to the late 1800s when white clothing was worn as a symbol of wealth. By 1890, Wimbeldon had mandated an all-white uniform for players, and women opted for long skirts, long-sleeved tops and bottoms.
It wasn’t until the 1920s, when French star Suzanne Lenglen shocked audiences in a flapper-inspired midi skirt and short-sleeved on-court top, that she evolved into what we see today. Since then, fashion and tennis have become eternally linked – with sports brands and department stores putting their own spin on classic looks. Just turn to the Williams sisters for a court-style masterclass with off-duty appeal.
So whether you’re taking your tennis to the next level and need some game-enhancing dresses, or you’re looking to rock the lunching ladies in their tennis whites, we’ve got your summer Wimbledon-wardrobe. inspired sorted.
Shop our favorite pieces below.
Lululemon Pace Rival Mid Rise Maxi Skirt
A must-have from court to brunch, the Lululemon skirt is fashionable, practical and comfortable. This timeless classic will elevate your game with Luxtreme technology that is lightweight, wicks sweat and feels cool against the skin.
Women’s sportswear (and all clothing in general) never seems to have enough pockets, so we’re thankful there are two on this piece; a zip on the back and a side drop-in on the short lining to store the balls during the service.
Available in six different colors, you can choose to stick with classic white or go bold and show off your skills in Sonic Pink or Highlight Yellow.
Buy Now £58.00, Lululemon
Adidas London Tennis Shorts
If a tennis skirt isn’t your style, but you’re looking for something easy to move around, then these Adidas tennis shorts will make the perfect purchase.
Part of the Wimbledon Collection, they’re made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organization that helps replace the use of virgin plastic in clothing. Made from 100% recycled materials, it features an elasticated waistband, moisture-wicking inner shorts and a jacquard outer layer.
Buy Now £63.00, Adidas
NikeCourt Dri-FIT Advantage
Every tennis player needs a classic pleated skirt in their sportswear collection. Boasting 360-degree pleats, this remarkable skirt – worn most recently by Spanish player Paula Badosa at Wimbledon – is everything you’d expect from her: lightweight, comfortable and stretchy.
Made from 75% recycled polyester fibers, it’s part of Nike’s line of sustainable materials. We love the sneaky storage compartments such as the hem under the inner shorts that lets you store spare balls underneath. Available in sizes large, small and standard, this skirt will suit all tennis players on and off the court.
Shop Now £47.97, Nike
Champion Boxy Fit Cotton Half Zip Sweatshirt
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to be unpredictable, it’s the British summer, so don’t get caught out on the coldest days and instead stay warm in this boxy cut sweatshirt.
Crafted from lightweight cotton and featuring the iconic Champion logo to the front and sleeve, it’s sure to become your favorite sporting item. The half-zip and slight stretch in the material means it’s as comfortable for playing sports as it is for getting to and from training.
Buy Now £33.60, Champion
Lululemon Base Pace 23″ High Waist Crop
After something longer than a skirt or shorts? Try these cropped leggings which are made of a super light and smooth Nulux fabric. The thin material provides awesome support, and even when stretched, it’s not see-through. It is therefore perfect for deep lunges on the court. They are also perfect for petite women who find it difficult to wear longer leggings, as they sit perfectly just above the ankle. Available from UK size 4 to 24, this is one of the most inclusive sportswear we have found on the market.
Buy Now £78.00, Lululemon
White Sleeveless Funnel Neck Wimbledon Tennis Dress
If Wimbledon fever takes over, then what better place to buy your new tennis clothes than its official store? All products feature the signature green and purple logo and details. The fit and flare shape is extremely flattering while ensuring movement is not restrictive. We really love the cutout design in the back and the half-zip front that add a little something extra to a timeless outfit.
Buy Now £65.00, Wimbledon
Champion High Waist C Logo Shorts
For relaxed workout days, invest in a loose pair of cotton shorts that don’t restrict movement, but aren’t too tight either.
Featuring a drawstring waist, two front pockets deep enough for a phone or tennis ball, and the iconic C logo to the hip, it’s sure to become your go-to. A word of warning, they’re so comfortable you’ll want to wear them all day, every day.
Buy Now £23.80, Champion
PeBe Impact sports bra
Tennis is a high impact sport. Rushing, running and jumping can be extremely tiring and have physical consequences. That’s why a well-fitting sports bra that makes you feel secure at all times is absolutely essential. Those with larger breasts may find it more difficult, which is why we love the PeBe bra: a wire-free bra with adjustable straps that offers sizes from 30D to 36G. The bra is breathable, has a smooth grip tape on the bottom band and is powered by WRPA technology which cushions horizontal and vertical movement.
Buy Now £69.00, PeBe
Pokita Black Leopard Bike Shorts
Eco-conscious sportswear brand Pokita creates fitness clothing made almost exclusively from recycled polyester. These shorts feature a fun black leopard print, a high waist for ultimate support and a drawcord waistband for a snug fit. Perfect for wearing on the pitch, they have a specific pocket for the ball and a phone pocket on the other side. The silicone panel at the bottom of the shorts is a great addition as it helps keep them in place and prevents them from riding up or sagging. A matching skort and crop top are also available.
Buy Now £45.00, Pokita
The Strathberry Tote
Carry your tennis gear in style with this iconic Wimbledon-inspired bag from Strathberry’s collab with Naomi Osaka. With enough space for all the essentials – and a bit more – this pastel green, pink and gray bag perfectly complements an all-white outfit and is ideal for looking fashionable off the pitch.
It has a large central space as well as several pockets to store small items like keys and jewelry safely. All of the bags are made entirely from calfskin and we love that they can be carried so many ways – in the hand, over the shoulder or across the body thanks to the detachable shoulder strap.
Buy now £695.00, Strathberry
Lyle & Scott Women’s Bodysuit – White
As we head into (hopefully) warmer days, stay cool off the pitch with the perfect bodysuit that’s versatile and so comfy. It can be worn with leggings or a skirt, as well as with joggers or jeans for a casual look. Made from a thicker material than most wetsuits, this one fits well and isn’t see-through at all.
Buy Now £25.00, Lyle & Scott