Stylish tennis apparel can be seen on the courts being worn by star female tennis athletes, however, setting the fashion trends on the tour is not limited to the ladies; many men on the ATP show off their style of play as well as their style of fashion.
It all began with tennis player, Teddy Tingling, who, along with being an athlete, was a fashion designer as well. Tingling designed tennis apparel for some of the most revered female athletes in the tennis world.
Roger Federer has gotten much attention with his Wimbledon tennis apparel choices. Britain`s Daily Telegraph said, “His tennis may be nearly faultless but Roger Federer proved once again that his fashion sense often lands wide of the mark.”
Despite the admiration Federer has received for his stylish tennis apparel, he is no match for Fred Perry and Rene Lacoste, who have turned their love of fashion and tennis and made it into a brand.
Fred Perry was quite successful as a tennis player but it his achievements didn`t stop there. Perry created a piece of tennis apparel that we now see on just about every player; the sweatband. Encouraged by his invention, Perry went on to design a sports shirt with a self-titled logo.
The unmistakable Lacoste crocodile was created by the legendary, Rene Lacoste. The brand mascot is actually a symbol of Rene`s tennis court alias as he was nicknamed, “the crocodile.” The company grew beyond the tennis community and in the 1980`s, every man had to have a Lacoste polo shirt. The tennis apparel company was worth $400 million just in the U.S.
Fashionable tennis apparel is not only for the female players but for the men as well and as you can see, men like Rene Lacoste and Fred Perry were extremely successful; not only in the game but in the fashion world as well.