Serena Williams US Open outfit

Serena Williams gets set to smash in the Scarlet Fire Smash Hard Court Dress. Like the three-time U.S. Open champion, the dress combines dynamic style with highest-level performance. Dri-FIT jersey helps wick away sweat Flattering princess seams work with front-and-back Godet pleats in the skirt to highlight Williams’s strong and beautiful movement across the court.

Serena Williams US Open outfit

Serena Williams US Open outfit

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Maria Sharapova US Open outfit

In the pastel grey Ace Day Dress, Maria Sharapova‘s cool elegance draws attention. The Dri-FIT jersey fabric offers premium sweat management and a flattering, feminine style.
Double layers of the material in the skirt, finished with delicate merrow stitching, enhance the graceful beauty and movement. Contrasting self-fabric straps in solar red and piping wrapping from front to back provide attention-grabbing pops of color.

Maria Sharapova US Open outfit

Maria Sharapova US Open outfit

Maria Sharapova US Open outfit

Inspired by Maria Sharapova‘s demand for peak style and performance, the Maria Ace Tank and Shirt deliver both.
A racerback silhouette offers a wide range of motion and comfort during matches. At the front, a color-popping Mandarin collar adds a subtle design detail and a deep V-Nick enhances the feminine fit. Bonded empire seams with contrasting Bemis tape below the bust highlight the flattering neckline. Dri-FIT jersey fabric provide cool comfort during the steamiest late summer matches. The skirt uses cooling Dri-FIT fabric in layers of mesh and jersey, and a built-in jersey short gives friction-free support and ball storage. The wide, powermesh waistband is both comfortable and flattering, and the embroidered pleating adds a fun jolt of color.

Maria Sharapova US Open outfit

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ellesse Heritage logo tee with wrap over skirt – ideal for an on/off court look

ellesse Heritage SS11

Knee cotton skirt worn with a nautical stripe t-shirt

ellesse Heritage SS11

ellesse Heritage tennis skirt teamed with a ‘New York’ inspired varsity jacket

ellesse Heritage SS11

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The Museum holds personal collections of equipment, dress and archive material relating to Wimbledon champions, pioneer players and stars of the court from each generation. This collection is continually updated with new material from competitors on the current professional circuit.

If you enjoy tennis, history of tennis and want to know more about Wimbledon behind the scenes, a visit to the Wimbledon Museum is a must-do. You can also take a Wimbledon guided tour, read my recap here.

A few pics of the player memorabilia collection.

Wimbledon Museum

Outfit worn by Bjorn Borg when he won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon victory in 1980: close-fitting Fila shirt, short shorts, headband, wristband, socks and Diadora shoes.

Wimbledon Museum

Wimbledon Museum
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Wimbledon Museum: Serena Williams

The Wimbledon Museum features a Fashion zone: from long white skirts and flannel trousers through frilly knickers to the contemporary style of Serena and Venus Williams. A full section is dedicated to Ted Tinling, tennis most famous fashion designer.

Wimbledon Museum: Ted Tinling

Extract from Chris Gorringe‘s book Holding Court :

“Born in 1910, Ted did practically every job there was in tennis, although bizarrely will be best known for a pair of lace pants. As a teenager he used to go to the French Riviera in the winter, for reasons of ill-health. While there, he umpired matches and soon shot to prominence as Suzanne Lenglen‘s favourite umpire. Although he never told me his history, he was a good tennis player himself, taking part in tournaments while in the south of France.

He became a master of ceremonies at Wimbledon, escorting the players onto court for their matches. During the war, he went off to the intelligence service, and returned to find himself horrified at the state of women’s tennis. Their attire that is. So appalled was he at the functional outfits worn by the 1940s champions Louise Brough and Margaret Osbourne that he set about designing prettier, more fashionable items.
However, the outfit that he made for Gussie Moran, which she wore in 1949, proved a step too far. The panties had half an inch of lace trim showing, and with the 84-year-old dowager Queen Mary due to attend, the All England Club committee went into a minor panic. She did not in fact attend, but the damage had been done, and Tinling was thrown into exile. He was not seen in Wimbledon for 20 years, which I think says more about the committee at the time than the pants. No pants can be that outrageous, although one committee member was said to have bellowed at Tinling:

You have put sin and vulgarity into tennis!

Pics of Gertrude ‘Gussie’ Moran (AP photo)


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