You know how embarrassing it is when someone shows up all geared up and then turns out to be totally rubbish at whichever sport they are trying to channel? There are about 1001 movie scenes reminding you to avoid this situation, which is also (one of) the reason(s) I normally play tennis in some old slacks and a t-shirt. On the other hand I’m often so frustrated with my game (and already admitted to actually crying because of the often huge gap between my inner vision and reality) that I thought a new tennis dress might give me a bit of a mental boost; plus naturally - do I even have to mention it? – I always fancy a new dress.
Watching the Roland Garros tournament in Paris last week gave me lots of opportunities to look at the latest tennis fashions (and made me realise that you have to be a top-notch player to not look ridiculous in a yellow frilly tennis dress à la Ms Jankovic), but what really sent me to sports fashion heaven is the new Y3 Yohji Yamamoto for adidas campaign. I mean, just look at them… Aren't Zinedine and his friends just the picture of cool? I eagerly checked out the website; but - OH NO! - not a tennis dress in sight. (You can play tennis in pretty much anything, as long as it a) has pockets, b) is stretchy and c) is short or at least not bulky; but none of these designs are tennis compatible.)
In the end I made my own tennis dress by sewing an adidas top to an old t-shirt. Can I now join the Y3 club, please? I’m even prepared to swap sports.
dress: adidas/diy, shoes: adidas, racket: vintage