In honor of its early founder, the late sports legend René Lacoste (who dominated tournaments around the world during his time, taking home first Grand Slam win at the ripe age of 20-years old), French label Lacoste has designed this “Tribute” collection, paying homage to some of the sportsman’s greatest athletic achievements.

Each shoe within the collection is inspired by a different Grand Slam victory, as referenced by the seven stars on the tongue tab and the specific year embroidered on the inside. The five styles will be available for purchase soon through select Lacoste retailers around the world.

Rahon – Nappa leather upper, perforated quarter panel & suede heel collar

Lacoste Tribute Collection

Lacoste Tribute Collection

Newsome Twin Cup

Lacoste Tribute Collection

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Probably the lesser known italian sportswear brand.

The brand was founded by Leardo Gabrielli in the 1950’s but it wasn’t until circa 1980 that it first started to make an impact on the pro tennis circuit following the sponsorship of a young relatively unknown Czech tennis player called Ivan Lendl. Later on top players such as Anders Jarryd, Goran Ivanisevic and Petr Korda courted Australian as it became more widely known.

australian by l’Alpina can sometimes be mistaken for Kangol which uses a similar logo: a kangoroo.

australian by l’Alpina sponsor all the italian tennis teams, including the italian Fed Cup team, winner in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
You can have a look here at the australian by l’Alpina spring/summer 2011 collection.

Australian Spring/Summer 2011 Preview

More infos about australian by l’Alpina on their website.

This article is part of our Italian Week on Tennis Buzz.

Sergio Tacchini became a professional tennis player at age 17, by entering the Tennis Club of Milan in 1955. In 1960 he won the title of the Italian Champion over fellow countryman Nicola Pietrangeli. He was considered to be a talent on clay courts and also competed in the Davis Cup, counting five victories in singles and one in doubles in a total of fifteen games. He took another two Italian titles in doubles, with Pietrangeli as his partner in 1967 and 1968. In 1966, Sergio Tacchini founded Sandys S.p.A. which was to be renamed after him a few years later.

The brand immediately introduced a great innovation in style, using colours and stripes at a time when tennis players exclusively wore white.

In 1978, McEnroe signed one of the first professional endorsement deals in tennis: an 8-year clothing contract with Sergio Tacchini. This helped the italian brand acquire a worldwide recognition, and some tracksuits and shirts Tacchini designed for McEnroe acquired a cult status and have been re-released in the recent years, like the Young Line Polo shirt and the Davis Cup Ghibli track.


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Made in Italy: Diadora

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Unlike other italian brands Fila, Sergio Tacchini and ellesse, Diadora is much more known for his footwear than its clothing, and although Grand Slam champions Pat Cash, Gustavo Kuerten, Jim Courier, Jennifer Capriati and Yevgeny Kafelnikov wore Diadora, the brand will be forever tied to legend Bjorn Borg.

With their Bjorn Borg Elite, Diadora ensured their place in fashion as well as sporting history.
Made of kangaroo leather, the shoes came with a special bag that had Borg’s face on it.

Diadora Borg Elite

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Made in Italy: Fila

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Extract of John McEnroe’s autobiography, Serious:

The first time I ever saw Borg, I was a ballboy for him.
He would have been 15 or 16, I was 12 or 13. I thought he was incredible-looking – the long hair, the headband, that little bit of scruff on his face that he’d get from not shaving for a couple of weeks.
And the Fila outfit – the tight shirts and short shorts… I loved that stuff! I would have trade anything, back then, to get a Fila striped shirt; a jacket was a big deal. (As a matter of fact, I did once trade about half the contents of my suitcase for a Fila jacket, and it almost fit!)

The cooperation of Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg, and Fila is one of the most famous and successful chapters of Tennis fashion history. Some of those clothes belong to the most beautiful tennis and lifestyle wear ever created. Borg was well known for his signature look of an on court polo and a post match zip jacket that blended a classic look with strong 70’s styling.

Bjorn Borg

Fila Bjorn Borg

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