When one thinks about men’s sport, fashion is not usually a word that closely follows along. Team sports are confined to uniformity of the colors and designs of a team or franchise. For example, we can always associate the Lakers with purple and gold or the New York Yankees with its iconic blue pinstripes. However, in an individual sport such as tennis, clothing companies and athletes themselves can put together an ensemble that has no restrictions.
Whether men believe it or not, fashion has always played a major part in the tennis world, and fashion has the ability to define an era. The traditional all whites with long pants is a signature of the early 1900’s. The sweater vests and the ever-shortening shorts characterize the 1960’s. The 70’s conjure images of Bjorn Borg wearing his striped Fila outfits. However, none can claim to have transcended on-court fashion in quite the same manner as Andre Agassi. He was the epitome of individual freedom of expression with denim shorts barely long enough cover his pink and yellow spandex. Fashion in men’s tennis may not have always been at the forefront of everyone’s mind, but it has no doubt played its part in following with fashion trends on the runways of the world. The evolving fashion over the decades has also undoubtedly made every guy think twice about what he is wearing before heading down to the local courts.