What Not To Wear to the Tennis
Wimbledon, the Roland Garros, The Australian Open or even your local tennis club are all sure to offer plenty of excitement and intrigue over the course of the year. If you’re lucky enough to attend one of the Grand Slam tournaments that’s great, but even if you’re going to your local club, there are some dress code rules for spectators that should always be observed. These may be written or unwritten, but they are often there!
Let’s take a look at courtside fashion don’t so that you don’t make the ultimate faux pas.
Wearing a hat to the tennis is completely acceptable, as you may well be spending long hours in the sun, but you don’t need to wear a fascinator or enormously tall hat that will distract anyone sitting behind you. It’s not a horse race! You also don’t want to obstruct any ones view with your head gear, so stick to classic sun hats, rather than extravagant hat that may be more at home at the Royal Ascot or Kentucky Derby.
A shortish skirt is fine, but remember that you will be sitting down. And when you sit down, a short skirt invariably rides up. Choose a knee length skirt to preserve your modesty ad avoid flashing those on court. You also may unwittingly flash a camera, and that’s not ideal!
This goes for both sexes. Unless the tennis match you are going to watch is played at an incredibly casual venue, steer clear of flip flops (or beach attire in general really). Tennis is a sport that’s associated with charm and elegance, and flip flops lack both of these things. If you want to don your flops, rather stay home and enjoy a bit of Australian sports betting than heading down to the Australian Open.
We don’t mean that you shouldn’t take your phone with you, but whatever you do, put it on silent! You also shouldn’t hold conversations on it while watching tennis, not should you send your time checking it. Mobile phones can cause major distractions and if yours rings you may well become a sporting pariah, or even asked to leave the court.
For the men (and the women too, I guess) a vest is not really suitable spectator attire. Again, tennis courts usually require some sort of dress code, and vests won’t meet this. Some of the more exclusive tennis courts like Wimbledon demand that a collared shirt or Polo shirt is worn when watching games, and you need to know this is you are planning on going.
Which leads me to…
Check The Dress Code
Some tennis courts or venues have very set dress codes. These may be clearly explained, or they may be the norm after several years of hosting events. Before you go and watch a tennis match, make sure that you know all about the dress code so that you can fit in and nr make a sporting faux pas.