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With Wimbledon in full swing, tennis fashion is experiencing a revival

·Yahoo Sports Contributor
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Serena Williams plays a backhand during their training session ahead of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Tennis great Serena Williams is redefining fashion both on and off the court. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 135th Wimbledon Championships are officially underway. It's the third Grand Slam of the year and while tons of fans are tuning in to see their favorites, even more are reveling in the fashion show put on by both spectators and players.

Tennis fashion becoming mainstream isn't exactly a new phenomenon. Neither is taking a risk on the court with your ensemble. Charlotte 'Lottie Dod' secured her first Wimbledon win 1887 at just 15 years old. According to Time, her age allowed her to forgo the more modest tight corset, full-length dress in favor of a shorter, calf-length garment. Complaints ensued, and consequently a conversation began: is form over function a necessity in tennis? Considering how fast the players move on the court, the answer was a resounding yes.

Fast forward to 2022, where self-expression is encouraged and brands like Lululemon, Athleta, Nike, Adidas and more have capitalized on the growing trend of tennis gear as a part of an everyday wardrobe. Then there are companies like Wilson, which emboldens the lifestyle from head to toe, accessories included. Likely every ball you've touched, from recreational to professional, has been stamped with the Chicago-based company's classic logo.

This time last year, Wilson launched its first ever sportswear line of timeless staples and fashion-forward streetwear. Since then, multiple capsules have followed and most recently, an exclusive tennis collection with lifestyle label Kith.

Even though Wimbledon has enforced an almost entirely white dress code, there's still major curiosity that looms when some of the chicest athletes step onto Centre Court. All eyes are on how the likes of Williams and Rafael Nadal can implement their personal style into a pretty stringent protocol.

The latest collab with Kith, which dropped earlier this month, is only available at Hampton Racquet, family-owned country club located in East Hampton, New York. Pleated skirts, polos, dresses, tanks and more bearing both brand's logos in neutral tones of whites, navy blues and beige adorn the retail shop of the charming club.

Wimbledon is across the pond and East Hampton isn't the easiest commute, but you can channel your inner tennis flair by shopping pieces on its retail site. Ahead are select items we found that fits the bill for all your lessons and matches this summer while transitioning easily to cool downs and Kith treats.

Center Court Seamless Polo

Navy blue polo with white trim at collar.
This cropped polo hits at the hip, and would look adorable paired with a high-rise skirt. Choose from navy, white and beige. (Photo: Wilson)

$88 at Wilson

Midtown Tennis Skirt

Plated tan tennis skirt with two white lines at wasit.
This pleated skirt has a secret (interior shorts!) so you'll feel comfortable and protected all day long. There's also a hidden pocket for tennis balls or cash. (Photo: Wilson)

$68 at Wilson

Wynne Pleated Short

Navy blue pleated short
Perfectly pleated with just the right amount of give, these high-rise shorts are both chic and comfy. (Photo: Wilson)

$88 at Wilson

Gibson Tricot Pant

Slim white wants with thick red and navy blue trim on side.
These stunning slim fitting pants can be dressed up or down; find them in sizes XS to XL. (Photo: Wilson)

$88 at Wilson

LaSalle Polo Dress

A retro/contemporary hybrid, this dress is made with lightweight fabric and all the stretch you'd need to give your best forehand. (Photo: Wilson)
A retro/contemporary hybrid, this lightweight dress has all the stretch you need for that killer forehand. (Photo: Wilson)

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