Tennis and fashion are a match in Paris
Tennis and fashion are a match in Paris Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova during their match at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in 2010 (Reuters / AP photo)
Tennis and fashion are a match in Paris
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Well before Andre Agassi caused a stir with his stone-washed denim shorts at the French Open, the clay courts at Roland Garros in Paris were a sporting catwalk. The courts were known almost as much for fashion as for world-class tennis.

Tennis fashion has come a long way. There was the corset-less, flowing dress worn by "La Divine" Suzanne Lenglen and designed by French creator Jean Patou. There was also the black-and-red outfit that Venus Williams designed. She wore it five years ago.

The tennis stadium is located in the chic western district of the French capital. It has always been a fashion hotspot.

"Players want to show their personality through their clothes," former player Tatiana Golovin told The Associated Press. Now an exhibition is recounting the links between fashion and tennis at the Roland Garros museum.

The exhibit is called "Game, Set and Fashion." It has more than 60 pieces of women's and men's clothing on display. Some never have been shown before. There's also pictures, posters and a focus on the fashion designers who made tennis fashion.

There are dresses and shorts, some dating back to 1890. Also included are a lavish male tennis coat, autographed outfits by the likes of Steffi Graf and Williams and a collection of tennis shoes.

The 27-year-old Golovin was forced to end her playing career early because of back problems. Now she is the exhibition ambassador. She says she enjoyed wearing pretty clothes when she was on court. But she would not have sported Venus black-and-red outfit. It brought more attention than her play at the 2010 French Open.

"I was a pundit for TV at the time. I remember the dress well," Golovin said.

Golovin is a fan of the tennis fashion from the 1960s. During that period, British designer Ted Tinling created dresses with innovative shapes, frills and furbelows. A furbelow is a frill or pleated border on a skirt.

"The tennis fashion in the 60's was really audacious," Golovin said. "The dresses were already very short, there were lace shorts. There was elegance. But it was daring at the same time. Outfits are less feminine today, more sporty."

The French Open is due to start on Sunday, May 24.

Critical thinking challenge: Why would stone-washed denim shorts cause a stir?

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COMMENTS (35)
  • Hayleyg-OBr
    5/26/2015 - 01:55 p.m.

    Maybe the stone washed denim shorts would cause a stir because the audience didn't know that people would wear those kind of clothes when they were playing tennis. A lot of famous tennis players dress up in really weird and wacky clothes. I would hate wearing those kinds of clothes anytime, especially when playing sports. I think that wearing really good dress up clothes would be good to wear because for most people the clothes would be uncomfortable or too "fancy."

  • Hayleyg-OBr
    5/26/2015 - 01:55 p.m.

    Maybe the stone washed denim shorts would cause a stir because the audience didn't know that people would wear those kind of clothes when they were playing tennis. A lot of famous tennis players dress up in really weird and wacky clothes. I would hate wearing those kinds of clothes anytime, especially when playing sports. I think that wearing really good dress up clothes would be good to wear because for most people the clothes would be uncomfortable or too "fancy."

  • CameronS-2
    5/26/2015 - 10:25 p.m.

    This article is about tennis fashion in Paris. Paris is known for a very. Fashionable place and is a very fancy society's. So mate tried to spy stuff up by making a woman's tennis uniforms more fashionable. I think nobody really cares about the fashion of the game but just the game it's self

  • LaurenT-5
    5/27/2015 - 10:23 p.m.

    This article is about the tennis French Open that used to be like a catwalk for athletes. It is being held at the Roland Garros stadium located in Paris, France. The location has always been a big event regarding high fashion. Tatiana Golovin, a former pro tennis player, said that the personality of the tennis player is revealed by their clothing.The Roland Garros also has a museum with many exhibits for fans and players of tennis. One exhibit is tennis fashion, that allows people to see the all kinds of fashion in tennis. I thought this article was very fun to read about. I like learning about fashion.

  • michaelh4-wal
    5/28/2015 - 01:09 p.m.

    I think that tennis outfits is more like a fancy and casual outfit mix. Tennis was fashion popular in the 60's and now it is to. Think tennis outfits are OK. I like how famous tennis players are starting to wear tennis fashion outfits.

  • BiancaB-3
    5/28/2015 - 04:06 p.m.

    This article is about Tennis and the clothing that has been provided for its players. In other words, many people or Tennis players in France have been getting judged due to their choice of Tennis outfit. I think that if you are an experienced or professional Tennis player who has lots of recognition, then you should be respected. You should not be judged due to your choice of clothing appearance. Maybe the style of workout tennis gear is what is most comfortable for the tennis player, making he/she play better.

  • TomasHBlue
    5/28/2015 - 04:41 p.m.

    That seems pretty interesting, but why would you try to be fashionable while playing tennis? I would think being fashionable would be uncomfortable when you are playing any kind of sport. All people are different, but that is my opinion. I like somethings, others like different things.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    5/28/2015 - 11:17 p.m.

    I think that it is cool for tennis and fashion to match in Paris but I think that it might be cool if fashion are in tennis in Paris that women would do instead of men, but I think that men does a little fashion in tennis in Paris, too. Well if tennis and fashion is in tennis in Paris, France, I think that it would be cool that if everyone will do fashion in the whole world too except Antarctica.

  • RylandH-3
    5/29/2015 - 01:28 a.m.

    This article is about the fashion and tennis uniforms about women in France and how they are comparing contrasting. Now more than ever tennis outfits for women are more sporty and less revealing I am very proud of how we do not change how we think just because of people genders are racing. I think this is a very cool article because it is talking about the different uniforms.

  • claires801
    5/29/2015 - 11:48 a.m.

    I think this is funny because people in America don't dress up to play tennis, they just put some shorts and a shirt on. The shorts and shirt that they wear are not fancy, but apparently they do in Paris. That is crazy and funny!!!!!!

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