Wimbledon

There’s a special place in our hearts for when sartorial tradition finds its way into sport.

And with Wimbledon kicking off today, we have to mention our favorite: Wimbledon’s requirement to wear white. (A close second: the Masters’ green jacket.)

The rule has been in effect for as long as anyone can remember, but it was codified in the ’60s with a few extra guidelines requiring “almost entirely white” with exceptions for “a preference to pastel” and other minute deviations. For the most part, players are following the guidelines to this day—it’s up to the match referee to make the final call on decorum. And it’s made for quite the handsome array of on-court style over the years.

So we’d like to take a moment to look back at the finest moments in Wimbledon whites.

WimbledonRoger Federer (2012)

WimbledonMaria Sharapova (2008)

WimbledonArnaud Clément (2001)

WimbledonAnna Kournikova (2000)

WimbledonAndre Agassi (1991)

WimbledonBoris Becker (1985)

WimbledonAnne White (1985)

WimbledonBjörn Borg and John McEnroe (1980)

WimbledonArthur Ashe (1975)

WimbledonRod Laver (1962)

WimbledonGertrude “Gorgeous Gussie” Moran (1949)

WimbledonRené Lacoste (1924)

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar