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Six men whose style lit up Centre Court | July 2018

Tom Theakstone on Tue, Jul 03, 18

Wimbledon’s relationship with fashion has been long standing; Fred Perry, René Lacoste and Björn Borg all left the game and launched iconic fashion brands. Some of the biggest labels in the world are sported by players each year. And then of course, there are the crowds – from rock stars to royalty, anyone who’s anyone is at Wimbledon. Being the most stylish person in a stadium full of extremely fashion conscious people is no mean feat. But these men managed it. We're paying tribute to six men whose style lit up Centre Court.

Fred Perry

Before launching a fashion empire, Fred Perry was a tennis player – and a great one. With US Open, French Open and Wimbledon championships to his name, Fred Perry is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time. And, before Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon title in 2013, he was the only British player to win the tournament for 77 years. He peaked with back-to-back Wimbledon wins in 1935 and 1936, when he wore collared shirts that would later help form his brand. And he won it wearing trousers, which is impressive in itself.

René Lacoste

René Lacoste was a two-time Wimbledon singles champion. Known as “the crocodile” because of his style of play on the court, Lacoste would eventually use his nickname to inspire his fashion brand. In 1933, he mass marketed a style of shirt that he’d been wearing on the court – a short sleeved, collared, loosely-knit shirt that was designed to be a more comfortable alternative to the bulky shirts available at the time. He added his signature crocodile logo and the polo shirt was born. If there's someone out there cooler than a man who made a shirt famous by winning Wimbledon it it, we've yet to find them.

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe made history when he became the first black man to win Wimbledon in 1975. The American claimed the title at the age of 31, and on his ninth attempt. His outfits at the tournament were meticulously detailed, well fitted and contained flashes of colour that would no longer be allowed (the rules got a lot stricter a few years ago). His signature statement was the red, white and blue wristbands he wore in his final victory.

Björn Borg

Probably the most iconic style of any tennis player ever. Björn Borg’s flowing locks, short shorts and skin-tight shirts epitomise not only the fashion of his era, but the connection between fashion and sport. Many have tried the long hair and head band combo, but few are as epic as the Swede's. Throw in five straight Wimbledon titles and you have yourself a sporting legend.

Andre Agassi

From long blonde mullet to clean shaven dome, Andre Agassi’s look was always distinctive and never dull. At the height of his powers, the American rocked the type of bold prints and neon colours that you could only get away with in the 90s. At Wimbledon, where he was forced to tone it down to adhere to the strict all-white dress code, Agassi remained cool as a cucumber. We think it's the stubble.

Roger Federer

The greatest player of the modern era, and quite possibly of all time. Roger Federer exudes coolness on and off the court. His outfits at Wimbledon are simple, yet classy, and he's never far from a stunning Rolex. In recent years he's been modelling his own range of Nike wear, among which was a custom made, gold lined cardigan that he wore in the 2008 tournament.

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