Last year, four tennis players featured in Sports Illustrated’s list of the ‘Fashionable 50’, the inaugural issue includes a plethora of the most gorgeous and stylish athletes on the planet, namely ballet dancer Misty Copeland, WNBA star Skylar Diggins, and, of course, tennis great Serena Williams.
Nowadays, female athletes such as tennis superstar Serena Williams radiate personal style on and off the court. Not only do they carry a certain persona that exudes confidence and fashion throughout, they are also physical specimens who travel the world performing at the elite level in the sport they love.
Tennis players put a premium not just on their on-court skills, but also on what they wear. Aside from the typical brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Uniqlo, there are many other companies like Athleta that offer the same quality and style at a lower cost. Brands such as Athleta have become very popular among the tennis community, and they’ve even started sponsoring fledgling tennis stars to garner mainstream recognition. Specialist tennis website Play Your Court published an article from journalist Ren Gates recommending Athleta as it is both stylish and comfortable, helping to usher in a new era of tennis fashion, while making it easier for amateur players to look as good as the pros.
With that, here are some of the most fashionable and stylish tennis players of the modern era. (Note that this list doesn’t include the likes of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, as they’re already established fashion icons in the sport.)
During red carpet events, the current world number three seed Agnieszka Radwanska is often seen wearing dresses with either ruffles or lace. Sometimes, whenever she feels a bit more daring, Aga goes for leather cocktail dresses, as seen on this Leather Celebrities post.
When it comes to fashion, Caroline Wozniacki gravitates to a more classic style. Being sponsored by Adidas allows the Danish tennis star to be one of the first in line to wear famed designer Stella McCartney’s clothes. The seventeenth seed is also a fixture at fashion week events and even has her own fashion section on her website.
Jelena Jankovic and the red carpet go hand in hand. Her style varies from risqué 1980s punk to sophisticated Hollywood glam, making her one of the highlights of tennis players parties. Jankovic truly is a fashion-forward player in every sense.
Add great her on-court tennis skills to a runway model’s physique and a keen fashion sense, and you have Ana Ivanovic. Many consider the former world number one as one of the most beautiful athletes today, and it also helps that she rarely misses the mark in terms of her off-court fashion. Ana Ivanovic is a testament of how simplicity can also be stylish.
Even though Daniela Hantuchova’s success on the red carpet doesn’t translate to her tennis game, she remains one of the most sought after athletes in the fashion world. During formal events, she often goes all out, wearing an ensemble worthy of front-page magazine covers.