Over the years, the game of tennis has evolved relative to the surfaces played upon, the tools used and the fashion worn.
In the early years, the outfits (both men and women) were seemingly conservative. When looking at early photos one may ask the question as to how could men and women have played tennis in those outfits? But the bottom line was he or she made whatever adaptations were necessary and became used to them when they hit the court.
As tennis moved into the Open Era, the outfits (both men and women) started to become less conservative. The fashion gurus of tennis began to think outside of the conservative fashion box.
Innovation is a good thing. However, there are those times that innovation does not necessarily result in a fashion piece becoming couture to the average tennis fan.
Here we will take a look at some fashion ideas that went terribly wrong.
As you go through the slides, you will find that there are several tennis stars who were represented multiple times as they reached the height and beyond of a fashion misstep.
Have fun and do feel free to comment.
Disclaimer: Much respect is given to each of the tennis players represented in this slideshow. No disrespect is meant to their on-court performances and skill set.
Photo: Can you guess who these socks belong to? Hint: She makes quite a few fashion missteps.
Truly, Andre had an affinity for the denim, but all the bonus pieces and colors are just not working.
There's a simple explanation here.
Clearly the designers were thinking along the lines of a quick transitional piece for going from the office to a night on the town.
As you can tell, Maria is thinking of what restaurant she was headed to immediately following the match.
Bethanie was channeling her inner animal. A minor intimidation tactic geared toward her opponent.
This outfit served a double purpose for Nadia.
She was trying to blend in, but she was also using psychology to tell herself she was in nice, cool waters rather than having to deal with the heat of the court.
Now Roger is, without a doubt, one of the most fashion conscious players on tour.
But, he took "King of the Court" a little bit too far with the golden enhancement to that outfit and his matching gear bag.
Do you think of a cartoon here? Maybe Charlie Brown? Any others come to mind?
Or was she channeling an primitive computer game?
Anything is possible with Bethanie.
Venus is a trailblazer in the business world, tennis world and the fashion world.
But this look seemed as though it was not to be worn outside the home.
Serena always makes a statement.
However, this statement combining the Pink Panther and Catwoman should not have been made.
I think we would all agree with John that this outfit would leave us in tears as well.
Tracy, though young, was tapping into her inventive side.
The "hook look" had to have been cutting edge.
When she did her tennis laundry at home, she ensured that this piece was easy to hang outside on the clothes line, and the outfit could double as a shower curtain.
Venus was doing an on-court test for the versatility of togas.
Petra was being gracious this particular day and serving as a physical teaching tool for youngsters everywhere as they were having lessons on the colors of the rainbow.
Remember Roy G. Biv?
Venus had a flashback to the grade school activities using the kiddie scissors to cut out paper patterns, and to enhance the situation, she threw in splashes of color.
Guillermo looks sad for a reason. Wouldn't you say in this outfit?
Arazane was in that moment of thinking Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock was about to beam her up to the Starship Enterprise.
Andrea is speechless when he realized what he had done.
That's why he's telling everyone (pointing to the eye) that he was not seeing clearly when he put on this shirt for his tennis match.
Serena must have met with the ladies from American Gladiators to get a few pointers for this outfit.
Julia...keep on doing well on the courts, but please get some fashion consultations to ensure you never come out in an outfit like this again.
There are no words to even begin to imagine why Bethanie felt this was being fashion forward.
It even looks like she wanted the outfit to be multifunctional as it seems there's a grass skirt hidden underneath the tennis balls.
Maybe she was heading over to Hawaii for some hula dance lessons following the event??
And just when you thought Bethanie could not outdo herself...
I bet the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz would have found her quite attractive?
Wonder if any producers would be interested in a romantic sequel to the Wizard of Oz?