TENNIS HAS LONG featured in our everyman get-up. And it’s been an evolving beautiful beast, influenced by the best in the game, from the renegade style of Andre Agassi and John McEnroe who, together, nudged the boundaries with bright, bold and structured, to the pared back, effortless style of Roger Federer, right up to today with the new crop of stars including Coco Gauff, Francis Tiafoe, and Jannik Sinner. Court style has permeated mainstream dressing for decades, and this new collaboration is no exception. In fact, we’re so taken with it, we’ve cherry picked six of our tennis-cum-street-style favourites, and how best to style them on and off the court.
1. Coco CG1
Navy, red, ginger lemon. More is absolutely more with these unisex sneakers that bounce between court pow to sidewalk wow. Whether you’re pairing these with your tennis ensemble (classic white top, A-line tennis skirt or shorts) and letting the shoes speak for themselves, or you’re angling for everyday use with a pair of jeans and a tee, it’s a proclamation of style, harking back to 90s aesthetics and basketball silhouettes. Take note too, due to their NDurance rubber technology these kicks are designed for durability and will last the distance.
Timeless, clean, simple – the BB480 blends form and function, incorporating soft full-grain leather and an Ortholite insert for comfort. On the court, choose louder colours on top – patterns, sets, you name it – for an understated look on the bottom. And in terms of street style, women can pair them with a frill sock and skirt, while men can settle on chinos for smart casual.
If you’re going to merch, you’re going to merch hard, right? And that’s the flavour of the moment, with influencers and celebrities alike donning sporting paraphernalia in everyday life. So, fall in step with the zeitgeist and opt for this crew neck graphic tee. On the court, pair it with a pair of New Balance shorts. For everyday use, men and women can similarly pair the graphic tee with a denim pant or skirt. Classic.
For our money, this is the pick of the bunch. The bold colour and flawless design makes this coaches jacket a crucial and versatile piece for any wardrobe. In summer, pair with a polo, or in winter with a hoodie in a contrasting colour.
This isn’t Wimbledon so while the white on white rule is not a mandatory at the AO, keeping things classic with a crisp white polo is never a bad move on the court. It’s such a classic in fact, you can recycle this look off the court with a light blue pair of jeans and sneakers.
Classic Australiana meets new age cool, a bucket hat needs to be in everyone’s 2024 wardrobe. Keep things simple here, pairing the bucket hat with a plain white T or singlet. (Only available at the New Balance pop up at the AO.)
To browse more of the Australian Open New Balance collection, head to the site here.