Most stylish Tennis Players from Wimbledon
It’s that time of year again – Wimbledon is upon us. The British public will once again pin their hopes on Andy Murray to take glory while he battles the worlds best with a racket in hand. We thought it fitting to take a look back at some of the most stylish players in tennis over the years. Warning, some questionable haircuts are shown.
Andre Agassi is best known for his strong, smart playing style, which helped him win tennis championships throughout the 1990s. His colourful 90’s get up was always a crowd pleaser. Agassi has been married to fellow tennis great Steffi Graf since 2001, and is a devoted family man. He and Graf have two children together.
In 1988, Steffi Graf became the first and only tennis player (male or female) to achieve the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year, furthermore, she is the only tennis player to have won each Grand Slam event at least 4 times. Featured in sports illustrated and endorsed by some of the worlds best fashion brands, Steffi was stylish both on and off the court.
Australian player Rod Laver is widely regarded as one of the greatest in tennis history. So great in fact Adidas named a shoe after him that is still popular today. Laver’s 200 singles titles are the most in tennis history, and he holds the all-time male singles records of 22 titles in a single season (1962) and seven consecutive years (1964–70) winning at least 10 titles per season. He excelled on all of the court surfaces of his time: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet. Just like the shoes named after him, Rod Laver is a classic to the core. He still stands as the only player to win the Grand Slam—all four major titles in a single year—twice.
For her extended period she will be spending away from the court, Sharapova has recently been spotted wearing flirty frocks from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, and Valentino.
Swedish tennis superstar Björn Borg won a record five consecutive Wimbledon championships before abruptly retiring at age 26. Borg was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. He attempted a comeback in 1991 but struggled to compete against younger pros with his old-fashioned wooden racket. He married for the third time in 2002 and became the father to a second son. He also enjoyed a resurgence of the Björn Borg clothing line, which developed into one of the most popular brands in Europe.
Fiery American tennis star Jimmy Connors won eight Grand Slam singles championships with his powerful two-handed backhand stroke. Connors dated American tennis star Chris Evert in the early 1970s, but they called off their engagement in November 1974. Connors later married former Playboy Playmate Patti McGuire, with whom he has two children, Brett and Aubree.
Dominika Cibulková is a professional Slovak tennis player. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won eight career singles titles in all: six WTA titles and two on the ITF tour. In 2014 she launched her own clothing line. The collection features hats and shirts with Cibulkova’s image and the word “Pome”, meaning “Come on” in Slovak.
Maria Esther Andion Bueno, was a tennis player from Brazil. During her 11-year career in the 1950s and 1960s (plus a two-year comeback in 1976–77), she won 19 Major titles (seven singles, 11 women’s doubles, one mixed doubles). She was the year-end number-one ranked female player four times and was known for her graceful style of play.
Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova was one of the world’s top tennis players in the 1970s and ’80s. The game was certainly in Navratilova’s blood. Her grandmother had been an international player who had upset the mother of Vera Sukova, a 1962 Wimbledon finalist, in a national tournament. Navratilova’s own tennis instincts were coupled with a passion for improvement. Navratilova still regularly plays tennis and competes in triathlons. Additionally, she has served as a fitness ambassador for the American Association of Retired Persons.
Known for his dancing when celebrating victories, Gael Monfils is a stylish crowd pleasure. Monfils is usually described as a baseliner who uses placement and consistency to beat his opponents. Monfils is well known for his athleticism and his court coverage, regularly using slides to retrieve balls. His ability to go from defense to offense quickly can take his opponents by surprise. Monfils occasionally demonstrates that he is capable of generating significant pace on his groundstrokes. He has a reputation for showmanship and high-risk shotmaking. During his own service games, he tends to go for an ace or a one-two combination to finish off the points early. Check out his dance battle with Lokoli at Roland Garros (Video)!
McEnroe is a former champion who is one of the leading title holders of all time, having also created controversy with his temperamental outbursts. He went on to win several Grand Slam championships, earning fame for his impressive skills and rivalry with Björn Borg along with a volatile court persona. After retiring in 1992, he forged a successful second career as a television analyst.
There is no more exuberant winner than Serena Williams. She leaps into the air, she laughs, she grins, she pumps her fist, she points her index finger to the sky, signaling she’s No. 1. Her joy is palpable. She brings the crowd to their feet regularly.
The Danish bombshell won the 2006 Wimbledon Girls’ Singles title but has yet to win a women’s Grand Slam title. We think that everyone can agree Wozniacki always looks incredible both on the court and off it. This is why she has made our list of most stylish tennis players!
Much like Laver, you’ve probably already heard Stan Smiths name from Adidas’ line of footwear. Although the Adidas Stan Smith shoe is not recommended for modern tennis players, the shoes continue to be an iconic and stylish brand for anyone from fashionistas to school children. Stan, we salute you!