Tennis costumes on court and off during the 1920’s,
were so very different from modern times. The game of tennis, especially during the summer months all over France in the 1920’s, had a hugely popular following. The player’s clothes evolved from long skirts and dresses to ever increasing shorter styles, giving increased ease of movement and promoting a higher standard of play. Off court the spectators had a great opportunity to wear smart summer new seasons attire. Large hats to keep off the sun were a must. Strawberries and cream – I wonder?
Tennis racket shapes and weight were particularly interesting in the 1920’s, mainly they were made from wood and had cat gut strings.
Does anyone know any more great Tennis names from these times?
Suzanne Lenglen was the first great tennis star post World War One. She won Wimbledon in 1919. It was her first grass tournament playing seven times champion Dorothea Douglass Chambers.
In 1920 she won the Olympics and won at Wimbledon every year until 1925 except 1924 when she had pull out because of jaundice. She also won the French Open six times.
Another great female star was Helen Wills Moody who won The French Open four times.Wimbledon eight times and the Us Open seven times.
Close to the net a ball goes astray. This interesting image was printed: 29th July 1923.
The country family grass tennis court was ideal for making friends. Long straight skirts must have slowed up the progress play was at a relaxed pace. This summer game was printed: 20th July 1924.
Cotton cross stitch tennis tops. Cut all in one piece with cross stitch detail pattern on demand. 20th July 1924.
Young Play- Printed 16th August 1925.
1926 Tennis fashions Are you ready to play?
A hard court tennis court set in a woodland setting. The white practical pleated tennis skirt was the fashion printed 7th August 1927.
Meeting up for tennis practice. Printed 21st April 1929.
Classic Tennis match dress.