Tennis fever is at an all-time high as Wimbledon 2017 reaches the finals round on June 16. After two exhilarating weeks of victories and upsets, all eyes are on the Centre Court for the men’s singles showdown between tennis greats Swiss Roger Federer and Croatian Marin Cilic to find out who will be raising the men’s cup.
The Championships, Wimbledon is steeped in history and this year marks its 140th anniversary. So why is it an important event in the sports calendar and why are all the players wearing white? Wimbledon is part of the four major Grand Slam tennis tournaments and the only one still played on trimmed grass. It was first held in 1877 and staged by the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Through the years, the garden party pastime has evolved to a professional sporting spectacle drawing thousands to the world-class facility in London. But it has never forgotten tradition, like snacking on strawberries and cream – because like the sport, the fruit also signifies the beginning of summer. The attendance of important guests in the Royal Box. And probably the best known is the strict all-white dress code for players.
Other tournaments waived wearing of white on the court, but not at Wimbledon 2017. The clothing and equipment guideline states competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is “entirely white” and not off-white or cream. Colour is only acceptable around the neckline trim and sleeve cuff, “but must be no wider than one centimetre.” There have been violations of the dress code by wearing bright undergarments or shoes, but rule is a rule. It must be annoying for some athletes, but pristine white on emerald green grass is still a wonderful sight to see.
Embrace the Wimbledon tradition with these cool whites from the Sun & Sand Sports tennis collection.
Make your presence felt on the court with the Nike Court Pure tee for women. The sleek Dri-FIT material and V-neck construction allows unrestricted shoulder rotations for powerful volleys. It is also breathable and gives a sleek silhouette.
Efficient footwork and speed will help you win matches, so Nike made their Lite Tennis shoe more lightweight, durable and supportive for the hard court. This one is reinforced with premium leather and synthetic upper, rubberised outsole and abrasion-resistant toe.
A pair of Nike Court sporty shorts wicks moisture fast to keep you comfortable while at practice and play. The waistband is lined with mesh, the hems are vented for natural movement and it has side pockets to store spare balls when serving.
When selecting your racket consider grip size, string types and whether you need more power or control in your strokes. The Babolat Pure Drive line is engineered with innovative handle design that reduces vibrations for better response and control.
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