Tennis: Where Sport meets High Fashion

This past week I had the great fortune to attend the men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston to see some amazing tennis. American John Isner defeated Nicolas Almagro (Spaniard currently ranked 12th in the World) in a grueling finals match. My favorite was watching American Wild Card Rhyne Williams blaze all the way to the semi-finals, and I had a particular soft spot for American Jack Sock – who, I believe, is on his way to amazing tennis career. Yet, the tennis watching failed in comparison to observing the fashion.

Hosted by River Oaks Country Club, the men’s Clay Court Championship is a favorite event among the well-to-do Houstonians. Between cocktail parties, golf outings, ladies day, jazz brunches and fashion shows, the actual tennis matches were a footnote in this prominent social week. Donning their highest Louboutins, gorgeous leather purses and sleek sundresses, these ladies were fit to walk to runway.

 Madelyn Tennis Tournament


For those who have never been to a tennis tournament before, I have created a “cheat sheet” on what to wear.

Think simple, chic, and polished.

For the casual observer: White is still the ultimate chic accessory, but you need to be careful – it is easy to get dirty. I suggest wearing skinny white ankle jeans and pairing it with a high-low colorful sleeveless blouse. Stay away from the flip-flops and go with simple leather sandals for a more polished look. Add a pair of wayfarers and a few silver bangles – and you ready for some tennis! For those more daring, belted high-wasted shorts with a simple fedora adds a little edge to the preppy look.

For the high society functions: A simple white sundress belted, of course, is the way to go. Stay away from high heels and stick with a pair of wedged sandals for an easier time walking. Add a light scarf for when the day begins to cool and a boyfriend-style rose-gold watch. A statement purse adds some attention and a hat can keep the sun away, but be careful not to over-accessorize.

What do you like to wear to tennis tournaments?


Madelyn Robinson

This series highlights my transition from being a division I student-athlete to becoming a young professional and how my experience has shaped me into becoming the person I am today.

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