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Tennis is considered a hobby of the upper classes in England, Victoria period (1837-1901). They play tennis in the form of polishing on the grass. Players usually wear white outfits. This color scheme has just shown nobility. Just to cover the visible sweat on the clothes.
However, throughout the 1910s, women still had to wear a long, heavy dress. Headwears have large frills. Today’s female tennis players have to thank Suzanne Lenglen. Not only dominated female tennis in his era. Lenglen also contributed greatly to the changes in the kit.
At the Wimbledon tournament in 1922, Suzanne Lenglen stepped onto the field in the amazement and shock of the stands. She wore a short-sleeved dress and pli draped across the pillow. Headbands instead of traditional hats. This event is no different from the big earthquake in the women’s tennis village.
Suzanne Lenglen’s recklessness is a revolution. Thanks to the Lenglen effect, since 1933, women were allowed to play tennis with their bare heads. The female players gradually become brave and courageous. They dare to pursue the image and style that they want to show.
In 1932, Alice Marble created a new craze when wearing t-shirts in shorts. During that decade, French male tennis player, René Lacoste, created short-sleeved T-shirts. Lightweight breathable cotton material for tennis players. They are so popular that they have been mass-produced for both men and women since 1933. Today, this pattern is known as the polo shirt.
Meanwhile, short skirts that are only seen in a few types of sports. Suddenly transformed into a modern icon of the Swinging London wave in the 1960s. The birth of the mini skirt immediately became the street outfit of all women. The miniskirt on the pillow was created by Welsh designer Mary Quant.
These days, technology and fabric become equally important and players can now choose from a range of technologically advanced clothes to help control weather conditions and make matches better.
The production technology of apparel used in tennis is frequently changed and upgraded. It is made to perfectly fit the players’ bodies, fitting their bodies and comfortably on their feet. All have the sole purpose of eliminating distractions and discomfort and maximizing performance.