Challengers: Zendaya and women’s tennis

It is unclear whether that is the case nostalgia, the effect of movie stars or the achievements of incredibly skilled athletes. What is certain is that tennis is back as cool and engaging as ever. The data bears this out: Over the past year, Pinterest searches for “tennis aesthetics” have increased by 37.5%. Those for “cute tennis outfits” are up 69.65%, while those for “tennis clothes” are up a whopping 150%. The Instagram account @butmakeitfashion confirms this data and adds that the popularity of tennis style has increased by a total of 80%.

Thanks to Zendaya, who stars in Luca Guadagnino’s latest film, Challengersstars a former tennis prodigy turned coach, and the victories of Jannick Sinner. Polo shirts with collars, chevron sweaters, pleated skirts and tennis socks have left the field to be must-haves of the season, desirable and which every fashionable girl flaunts. Based on the old-fashioned aesthetic and casual looks of the upper class, the tennis style emerges as the perfect sporty expression of quiet luxury, once again celebrated by film, fashion and stars such as Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Iris Law, Sofia Richie and Hailey Baldwin. The secret of his popularity? Timeless elegance made from a few essential elements, easy to replicate even for those who have never handled a racket before.

Tenniscore: when fashion meets the chicest sport

The fashion world has taken cyclical inspiration from tennis outfits several times, but the credit for making their style contemporary and desirable goes to Miuccia Prada and the Miu Miu Tennis Club, who continue to reinterpret the elements of this century starting with the FW22 collection. -old sport. A pair of pleated miniskirts, a polo shirt and a cardigan tied around the shoulders were enough tennis core exploding, collecting likes and views on social media and inspiring collections from brands. A few examples? Lacoste, Ralph LaurenAnd Sporty and rich have always embodied its elegance and preppy refinement. It’s easy to imagine champions like Coco Gauff or Martina Trevisan wearing the jackets, tops and shorts from the SS24 collaboration between adidas And Wales Bonneras well as the striped polo shirts from Jacques And Stella McCartneyor through the skirts Sandy Liang And Fendi.

Zendaya’s Challenger Fashion Show

Zendaya also sensed the fashion potential of tennis and showed a series of looks inspired by the sport during the press tour for Challengers. While we wait to see her on-screen performance in this film that combines teen drama, love triangles, sports challenges and fashion, we can already give her an award for her outfits, developed with the help of her stylist. Law Roach. Each of her red carpet appearances has the presence of her charming co-stars, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist. At the premiere in Sydney, the actress appeared in a grass green evening dress covered with sequins by Loewe and made for the occasion by Jonathan Anderson, also the film’s costume designer. The dress has a deep slit and an equally deep neckline, but above all the silhouette of a tennis player. Another detail that references tennis, specifically the Wimbledon logo (a series of raised embroideries of two crossed rackets), embellished with bows on the custom-made dress of Thom Browne chosen by Zendaya for the London premiere. The look is completed, in an intriguing mix of coquettish aesthetics and sports, a long braid accompanied by a large bow. The ensemble is also beautiful Brunello Cucinelliwith a long skirt with a daring slit and a braided sweater, which is worn during the day.

Always cool and trendy are the outfits worn in Italy, such as the vintage model reminiscent of a tennis uniform, characterized by a butterfly neckline and a flared skirt. Before the star, it was Cindy Crawford who wore it in 1991 Ralph Lauren‘s runway. The look that collected the most likes? A crystal-studded tennis core mini dress designed by Jonathan Anderson for Loewepaired with Bulgarian jewelry and a pair of pumps with two neon yellow tennis balls stacked on the stiletto heels. Finally, there is the customized version 16arlington‘s Terry in a sponge-reminiscent fabric chosen by Zendaya for her appearance on the show Che tempo che fa. Which one is your favorite?

Tennis players from the past

In 1920, during the Wimbledon tournament, French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen made history by participating for the first time in wearing an above-the-knee skirt and a flapper-style headband, both designed by Jean Patou, challenging the strict dress code rules of the time. It was a small gesture towards comfort and women’s empowerment, which paved the way for many athletes after her. How can we forget it Leah Pericoli and her provocative outfits, with lace and feathers, striking bows and rhinestones made for the tennis player by Ted Tinling, the Russian player’s early 2000s outfits Maria Sharapova (such as the outfit designed by Nike and inspired by a tuxedo chosen for Wimbledon 2008) or Serena Williams, with her passion for catsuits, diamonds, neon colors and animal prints. Each of them stood out for their talent on the field and their personal style.

Current tennis players: Coco Gauff

She was the youngest American player to make the Olympic team and also the youngest to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. She was only 15 when she defeated her idol, Venus Williams, at Wimbledon in 2019. Since then, Coco Gauff has always strived to exceed expectations, and with success. The fashion world is already starting to court her. The tennis player, who has worked with in the past Aimé Leon Dore And New balance, stated, “I really love fashion. I love makeup. I love this kind of stuff.” When will she launch her own brand?

Qinwen Zheng

Qinwen Zheng became the first woman from her country to reach a Grand Slam final since Li Na a decade ago when she finished second at the Australian Open in January. She stands out for her speed on the field, her unique service and her nerves of steel. When she participates in competitions, she prefers it easy and sporty look, but we bet that soon a brand will notice her potential as a spokesperson. She seems to have a soft spot for it Miu Miu.

So far, her best ranking is 18th, achieved in May 2023. The Florentine tennis player, semi-finalist at Roland Garros 2022, has cherished her talent since she was a child, and her career has been a difficult one, which is now opening up to successes and possibilities. Despite the difficulties, Martina Trevisan plans not to give up and climb the rankings. Her idol? Flavia Pennetta.