Zendaya’s Challengers is making tenniscore the trend of the summer, get us to Wimbledon now

By Jennifer Raymont

Published Jul 9, 2023 at 09:15 AM

Reading time: 2 minutes

Stereotypically, Wimbledon tennis championships isn’t often seen as a fashion event for us gen Zers. It’s a little more old-fashioned, and in a cost of living crisis, we would never fork out for overpriced Pimm’s and strawberries and cream. That being said, the cute skirts and white co-ords are catching our eyes.

Tenniscore lets us wear all the cute bits players wear on the court without breaking a sweat. White pleated skorts and polos are essential to achieve the look. Searches for tennis skirts even skyrocketed on Depop as the trend recently gathered hype on TikTok.

As with every trend, Bella Hadid was an early adopter, donning a Lacoste tennis skirt as far back as 2021. The model was swiftly followed by divisive nepo baby, Iris Law, at this year’s Cannes film festival. 


#カンヌ でキャッチしたのはitアイコン、アイリス・ロウ✨ #IrisLaw #Cannes

♬ original sound - VOGUE JAPAN - VOGUE JAPAN

Zendaya’s new movie Challengers is also making tennis cool again. With a September release date, the film tells the story of a love triangle between professional tennis players. The actress plays a famous player showcasing a wardrobe that seamlessly transitions between her on-court attire, featuring skorts, tank tops and visors and her more casual Juicy Couture tracksuits. We’re really hoping the film matches the noughties classic rom-com Wimbledon, but with Zendaya and Josh O’Connor involved, it’s bound to.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Zendaya (@zendaya)

Compared to most sport events, Wimbledon has a strict dress code that demands all players wear head to toe white without exceptions. In the hot summer months, a lighter colour palette is essential to keeping cool among the crowds. Recently, however, the uniform has received some backlash.

Similarly to the women’s football team in England, female tennis players spoke out against the rule for making their period anxiety worse. Periods are bad enough as it is, let alone worrying about leakage when you’re wearing all white on international TV. This forced the tournament’s governing body—most likely men in suits—to lax the rule and allow women to wear dark underwear under their whites.

Athletes often give us glimpses into their personal style through their jewellery choices. Of course, players can’t wear lavish statement necklaces and large hoops as they must avoid a major drip-related injury while they’re on the court, but simple diamond earrings and a tennis bracelet can elevate their look. Tennis isn’t just about serving balls, it’s about serving looks too.

Spectators, on the other hand, have to dress smart casual. Meghan Markle famously broke this rule after she wore jeans to the tournament and was refused entry to the royal box. I know, scandalous.

Kate Middleton’s Wimbledon style is eaten up by the upper classes. The Princess of Wales wore an 80s-inspired mint green blazer with a pleated midi skirt as she paid a visit to the grounds earlier this week. She may appear elegant, but the fun girlie pops vibe us gen Zers are looking for was not there.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Wimbledon (@wimbledon)

The younger tennis player’s style, however, is where it’s at. American player Coco Gauff and Britain’s pride and joy Emma Raducanu are becoming style icons both on and off the court. Gauff has a clothing line with New Balance, while Raducanu was scooped up by the likes of Dior and Tiffany & Co. She even wore Chanel to the Met Gala in 2021 after her debut at Wimbledon. All of a sudden, I can’t help but wish I had more natural athletic ability in school.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Emma. (@emmaraducanu)

Tenniscore is the latest instalment of the stealth wealth trend that soared after Sofia Richie Grainge’s wedding in the south of France and Gwyneth Paltrow’s courtroom style earlier this year. After all, tennis is a pricey activity, not everyone has the funds to build a tennis court in their back garden but that won’t stop us from looking like we do.

Keep On Reading

By Jennifer Raymont

Get the look: Get match ready with these 6 blokecore must-haves

By Fleurine Tideman

Your Honor, I’d like to plead the case for Taylor Swift going to the Super Bowl

By Charlie Sawyer

Man partied for four days unaware he had been shot in the head

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Thousands of teenage boys identified as top targets of sexting extortion in the US

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Men are weirdly confident they could land a plane in an emergency. We asked them to explain

By Alma Fabiani

Google Chrome just rolled out a new way to track you and serve ads. Here’s how you can disable it

By Charlie Sawyer

Award-winning sports journalist Miriam Walker-Khan: I love making content that’s gonna piss off old racist men

By Abby Amoakuh

What is girl ethics? The gen Z-improved TikTok version of the girl code

By Abby Amoakuh

Train Karen fired for telling tourists to get out of her country in viral video

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Who is Timhouthi Chalamet? The Yemini mystery man touring captured cargo boats in the Red Sea

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Who was the goblin who crashed the 2024 Emmy Awards red carpet?

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Influencer Chiara Ferragni issues apology amid €1M fine for misleading charity Christmas cake sale

By Charlie Sawyer

UN Security Council urges immediate ceasefire amid hospital bombing in Gaza

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Outrage as Spanish football president kisses team member after Women’s World Cup final

By Harriet Piercy

25 stupid world records that nobody has bothered to try and break (with good reason)

By Lightning-Bolt Baker

Gen Z are bringing dine-and-dashers to justice by publicly shaming them on social media

By Jack Ramage

Who is Dylan Page? The TikTok creator changing the way gen Z consume news

By Charlie Sawyer

2023 was Jeremy Allen White’s year. Why? Because being committed to the job is sexy

By Abby Amoakuh

BBC presenter apologises after giving the middle finger to audience mid-broadcast

By Charlie Sawyer

Understanding the sneaky link: Meaning of the dating trend beyond the hook-up