As a result of an evil faculty conspiracy within the sports department, I never made it onto the Varsity tennis team in high school. Being the true sportswoman I am however, I graciously accepted my place on the Junior Varsity (and then dropped out a week later thinking, screw this sh**).
Anyhoo, tennis season is upon us, I spent Sunday afternoon watching the Roland Garros final with saucisson and wine, shouting, “How could he miss that??” at Djokovic, because obviously, obviously, I wouldn’t have missed that 150 mph forehand slice from Nadal.
Since we’re on the subject of balls (well aren’t we?) and this being a quasi-style blog, I thought it might be appropriate to look at some of the summer sport’s style from the early days. Notice how the elegant fashion seems to fall off once we hit the 80s and 90s…
Actress Katherine Hepburn in 1941 doing androgynous but sexy and a model below for a Harper’s Bazaar photograph in 1947.
Fred Perry Campaign 1966
Olivia Newton John 1976
Farah Fawcett 1979
Tennis champion Bjorg BornIs … it just me or was everything beige in the seventies?
Women’s tennis pro Anne White ; setting the trend for American Apparel…
Gotta love Agassi…
Ah, the mullet…
And then came the try-hards…
And ofcourse the inexplicable Williams court fashion…
Below, Serena’s infamous leather tennis boots for Wimbledon 2004. No one can dispute she’s a gladiator in tennis now.
Okay so obviously I’m always paying attention to the players’ footwork, their backhand form and all that great stuff but what can really be a corker to watch is if a player goes, well … completely frick’n nuts. Let’s take a look at some of these golden moments in tennis…
John McEnroe’s Greatest Fits!
If only this guy was still playing tennis…
Federer Gets Pissy!
The gentle tennis champ smashes his racket at the 2009 US Open
Serena has a Word Courtside
The infamous US Open 2009 foot fault
Player Beats Himself Up
Russian player Mikhail Youzhny is a bit too hard on himself at the Sony Ericsson Open 2008
Maria Sherapova aims at Serena Williams (not a good idea)