Aspects: GAME, SET & MATCH; As Wimbledon fortnight gets under way Alison Jones looks at fashions for both on and off the tennis court.
For the next fortnight living rooms will echo to the sound of unreturned aces, disputed line calls and the outraged cries of the hungry masses forced to take out a second mortgage just to buy a bowl of strawberries.
Armchair players will be dreaming of being the next Sampras or Henman, Hingis or Kournikova. The more ambitious, fired within enthusiasm after all the relentless rallying, will be brushing up their baseline technique and heading down to the local tennis club.
The traditional dress for any kind of netside activity has always been white, but as in the case of cricket, the old rules have been relaxed with explosions of colour creeping in.
The nearest they came to white in the recent cricket World Cup was the colour of the flag the English team were waving as they made their ignominious exit.
Although Wimbledon has always stayed within the guidelines, the players' interpretation has often raised a disdainful eyebrow - from gorgeous Gussie Moran's frilly knickers to Ann White's all-in-one body suit.
In recent years the most controversial on court accessories have been Venus Williams' hairbeads, which have occasionally flown free during fiercely fought matches.
The image conscious teenager has been chosen as the new face of Reebok, modelling everything from sports bra tops, supplex shorts, kick flare leggings and unitards.
They are typically vivid in mixtures of blood red, navy and cornflower blue.
"If I hadn't made it as a tennis player I would have wanted to be a fashion designer," said Venus. "I love brightly coloured clothes and this new fitness range is up to date and stylish."
For players who prefer to keep it loose K.Swiss, the UK's leading specialist in tennis shoes, offers some classic styling with white T-shirts (worn loose Sampras style), skirts and shorts, occasionally decorated with bold bands of colour.
The Reebok fitness collection will be available in all major sports retailers from July.
For your nearest stockist of K.Swiss clothes ring 01458 841155.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Jun 21, 1999|
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