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Tennis Anyone?

by habituallychic

06 . 27 . 11
I have absolutely no hand eye coordination so I’m terrible at racket sports but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching them. Wimbledon at The All England Club is always a favorite each year.  As a tradition, the players are required to wear white but some of the outfits this year have gotten a little out of control. I’m not quite sure what Serena Williams is wearing but it doesn’t look nearly as chic as some of these ensembles.  I’m sure the ladies are happy they no longer have to wear stockings but I wouldn’t mind if the men brought back those short shorts.  I bet more people would watch if they did!
William Tilden and Rene Lacoste

Bjorn Borg

Roger Federer

The Duke of York at Wimbledon 1926

Arthur Ashe

Tracy Austin

Roger Federer

Suzanne Lenglen

Not sure of the names of these two ladies but I love this photo!

John Newcombe

Bjorn Borg

Boris Becker

Jimmy Connors

Fred Perry

Evonne Goolagong

Helen Wills Moody

Arthur Ashe

Jimmy Connors and Chris Everet

Fred Perry

Bjorn Borg

Roger Federer

Helen Wills Moody and Helen Jacobs

Rod Laver

Rene Lacoste

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

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  1. Karena June 27, 2011 | 3:03 am

    I love to watch as well Heather. Such a civilized sport (usually)

    Art by Karena

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  2. Splendid Sass June 27, 2011 | 3:10 am

    There is nothing more traditional to me than Wimbledon. I am with you, I hope it stays that way. The tennis garb Serena and some of the others wear is disrespectful at least.
    I am a tennis player and would love to be able to play like I did in past.
    Love these photographs, Heather. Fun to see the oldies.

  3. Niko Bulaun June 27, 2011 | 5:47 am

    wimbledon! i guess your a roger federer fan! me too!



  4. patricia warren June 27, 2011 | 7:28 am

    greetings from christchurch new zealand……..the ladies you could not name were two english players late 50s /60s the lady on the left is Christine Tumeman And on the right is Angela Mortimor taken when they won the doubles. your blog is read daily with great enjoyment especially lately when a great deal of our beautiful city has suffered repeated earthquakes- your blog has reminded me of more beautiful times. Patricia

  5. pve design June 27, 2011 | 8:06 am

    seriously – bring back the shorts. really what’s not to LUV!

  6. Harriet @ The Linen Works June 27, 2011 | 8:22 am

    Hmm, not so sure I’m with you on the tiny shorts Heather! Bjorn Borg just about got away with them but then he was kind of dreamy…

  7. Mary Middleton Design June 27, 2011 | 9:44 am

    Did you know that Fred Perry used to “winter” in Palm Springs?

    Wimbledon usually spells rain in the UK, Fingers & toes crossed

  8. meenal@maison marigold June 27, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Did anyone wear them shorter than becker?? i used to love his wild ways back then!! but my all time favourite would be roger..hands down..an epitome of grace and talent!! xx meenal

  9. Anonymous June 27, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Really apprciate this post. I used to play a lot of tennis at one time. One thing stands out though, it had to have been cooler “back in the day”. If tennis players today wore as much clothing they’d drop from heat exhaustion. At least I would! …would have, that is.

  10. photohogger June 27, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    What a great set of photos! I love watching tennis, too.

  11. mary June 27, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    Those photos of the 70s and 80s players are great–iconic Jimmy Connor, Bjorn Borg, ground-breaking Arthur Ashe and McEnroe–and Rod Laver (I’d forgotten about him). WE definitely need some new tennis heroes in this country. Thanks. Mary

  12. Lady Tollimglower June 27, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    The New York Times described Bay Area native Helen Wills Moody as a fashion icon along with her extraordinary tennis trophy record run. Yes, she championed shorter skirts, wearing knee length was a great breakthrough; but imagine the 1920s choices – wool, linen and cotton! The press dubbed her La Belle Helene…

  13. Swedish in Atlanta June 27, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    Bjorn Borg is the best! He was actually neighbors with my mom when they were kids:) Check out my blog and my wedding in Sweden 13 years ago as today is my wedding anniversary!

  14. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors June 27, 2011 | 6:22 pm


    What a wonderful article…You left out one woman that was supposed to had been loved by all. They called her “Little Mo” AKA Maureen Connoly. I was named after her for my parents loved tennis.

    As a member of Longwood Cricket Club…I have been so fortunate to see some of the best Tennis players, for the last 20 years.

    Summer has begin!!!!

  15. Claire M. June 28, 2011 | 4:16 am

    Old school tennis outfit!I love it 😉

  16. Jamie Herzlinger June 29, 2011 | 4:02 am

    Great post! Love the photos, they are wonderful periods of tennis history!
    Good luck on your new digs
    Jamie Herzlinger