The oldest tennis tournament in the world, the Championships at Wimbledon, is in full swing this month. Played on outdoor grass courts with a serious dress code, the style rules at Wimbledon have remained strict since its inception in 1877.
It is a time-honored tradition that all participating tennis players wear all-white clothing, or at least almost all-white. Some color accents are acceptable, but no blatant logos can be shown. This rule proves sponsorships and endorsement deals to be sparse on the court. Women and men are referred to as ladies and gentlemen, the royal family views the games from the royal box and the prize money is rich.
We combed through thousands of images from throughout the decades to find the most memorable, and perhaps most surprising, men’s Wimbledon styles, from as early as 1881to today’s 2019 tennis leaders.