Tennis Identity

Category Archives: Tennis History

Tennis has long been a part of society and we love telling the stories of tennis’ past. Below a look at some of the key memories, culture, rivalries, fashions, equipment and artifacts that were once relevant to our game.

Our look at tennis fashion throughout the last half of last century (1960s and 1970s) continues with the 1980s. The look in pop culture during the 1980s was vivid. Bright bold patterns and graphics in...

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has donated her personal archives to the New-York Historical Society.  The donation includes photo, scrapbooks, equipment, even her 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom award…the...

Last week we checked out the 1960s, which was dominated (as it had been for years prior) by old line classic names like Slazenger, Fred Perry and Lacoste. Veddy veddy proper, you see. Some of the 1960s...

The times they were a-changin’ in the 1960s, and tennis fashion was, too. (Slowly.) For the next few weeks, we’ll look at a different decade of tennis attire, from the 1960s through the 1990s....

Although much has been said and written about Wimbledon fashion let’s take a look at some of tennis white’s most edgy fashion milestones. Many happened at Wimbledon where players feel the...

There sure is. The company was founded in Biella, Italy in 1911, and six years ago Fila opened a museum in that city, as a way of showcasing the history of the brand. The museum rebooted itself with a...

The Stan Smith has come around once again.  Go anywhere and you’ll see these “tennis shoes” in all their bright white glory under jeans, shorts and even suits. They are the IT men’s...

Believe it or not, there was a time when tennis gear was mostly white. (Besides Wimbledon.) Tennis style remained pretty much the same until the 1970s, when fashion obsessed designers like Ted Tinling...

The pants.Embed from Getty ImagesThat’s what a lot of people in tennis first think of when they consider Bud Collins. The pants. Any color, any pattern…any time. The veteran tennis journalist...

[social_warfare]”Ice” and “Tennis.” Two words that were never meant to be used together. Yet they were! There’s a new book out called Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and...