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Why Tennis Players Wear White

The White Dress Code

Since it was founded in the late 1800s, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club had always had a strict dress code. Competitors were only allowed to wear WHITE! There are several theories regarding this tradition. The following four reasons are the most common ones:

Reason 1 – Hiding Signs of Perspiration

It was considered very unladylike and ungentlemanly to show signs of perspiration. White outfits happens to be particularly good at hiding any dreaded sweat marks and therefore highly preferred.

Reason 2 – Deflecting Heat

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships occur in the summer months. White outfits are seen to be more practical. Reason being, they ensure that competitors keep cool as their clothes deflects the sun’s heat more efficiently. This is especially so since gentlemen and ladies were expected to be dressed in long sleeves, long pants and ankle-length dresses.

Reason 3 – “High-class” Image

The white dress code was implemented to create an exclusive, high-class feeling at the Tennis Club. Crisp, white clothes portrays a well-kept, clan, civilized, respectful of rules and generally “high-class” image.

Reason 4 – Respecting Tradition

Tennis players still adhere to the white dress code out of respect to the tradition and history of the Wimbledon Tennis Club.

Source: http://www.pixxcell.com/story/wimbledon-tennis-tournament-1920-s

Source: http://www.pixxcell.com/story/wimbledon-tennis-tournament-1920-s

Source: http://www.pixxcell.com/story/wimbledon-tennis-tournament-1920-s

Tennis Fun Facts – Did You Know?

Fun Fact #1

Traditionally, women wore full length dresses while playing for a Wimbledon tournament!


Source: https://www.pinterest.com/julieflaczynski/old-time-tennis/?lp=true

Fun Fact #2

24 tons of strawberries are ordered each year for the championship at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is also the only major tennis tournament that is still played on grass.


Fun Fact #3

The shortest match in the history of tennis was played between Susan M. Tutt and Marion Bandy. It lasted for about 20 minutes with Susan M Tutt winning.


Fun Fact #4

Boris Becker was the first unseeded player ever to in the Wimbledon in 1985. He was only 17 years old at the time. He also became the first German and the youngest player to win the title.


Fun Fact #5

In 1917, the US Open was known as the Patriotic Tournament during the World War I


Fun Fact #6

The French Open happens to be named after the stadium where it takes place. The stadium is named after Roland Garros who was a World War I pilot.


Fun Fact #7

The strings of the tennis racket were made of cow and sheep guts in the past.


Fun Fact #8

The longest match in the history of tennis was played between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. It lasted for about 11 hours!

Tennis Injuries

As the saying goes, ‘Sharing is Caring’! Was surfing the internet to read up on tennis injuries and came across this:

Tennis Injuries

Source: http://www.sportsmed.org/aossmimis/stop/downloads/Tennis.pdf

Nope, not selling the above t-shirt. That is part of Nike’s Spring Collection. Just want to share it as it seems so apt.

Tennis Elbow

The Cause of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is the most common injury in tennis. This injury is the result of repetitive stress caused by overuse. In tennis, hitting a backhand puts some pressure on your forearm muscles. These muscles repeatedly contract when you hit the ball. If you have poor technique or grip the racket too tightly, that stress may increase in the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the elbow. The more you do it — and tennis is a game of repeated strokes — the greater the chance for tennis elbow.

The pain is focused on the outside of the arm, where your forearm meets your elbow. It’s related to a muscle and tendons in your forearm. Tendons connect your muscles to your bones. When you constantly use your arm in a repetitive motion, the tendons at the elbow end of a certain muscle — the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle — may develop small tears. The tears lead to inflammation and may put pressure on the rest of your arm. This makes it painful to lift and grip things. Left untreated, it can become chronic.

How to Prevent Tennis Elbow

  1. Proper strengthening of this muscle as well as the other muscles that supports it such as the arm muscle, shoulder and upper back.
  2. Having a regular warm-up routine.
  3.  The use of proper technique and movement during activities.
  4. The use of equipment appropriate for your ability, body size and body strength.

Hence it is advisable to take up lessons to learn the proper technique where the tennis coach, who is familiar with tennis technique and equipment to teach and check on yours for mastery and appropriateness.


What Can be Done?

Biomechanics III – The Principle of Conservation of Impluse

The Perfect Optimum Swing

In tennis the point of impact when the force of the racket take action on the ball. It causes the ball to change its direction and speed. The perfect optimum swing of the racket against the ball is obtained when the ball strike the “sweetspot” of the racket. This must then be supported by a good balance in the body of a tennis player.

For maintaining a good balance on the court three main factors are responsible :

  • Head position
  • Upperbody position
  • Foot position

The Head Position

The inner ear is the organ of balance(vestibule). A high and quiet head position provides a great body stability. The more the head is tilted in a certain position, the more the position of the body becomes unstable. Hence when the tennis player executes his groundstrokes on the court, he/she needs to have a straight head when he/she hits the ball.


The Upper Body

Is the heaviest body part of the human body. It usually represents 43 – 46 percent of the total weight of the body. For head is 6.94 percent, for arms 4,94 percent and for the legs 19,86 each. This proportion of weights indicates that any strong inclination of the upper body, besides moving the center of gravity of the body, will lead to instability of the position. During the time when a tennis player hits the ball, it is necessary to keep the upper body in a high position.


The Lower Body

In tennis, support points, are always represented by the player’s legs. The closer the legs are, with both the support surface being smaller and easier and more often the center of body weight, it can reach beyond this support surface. In this case the balance on the court is immediately lost. That is why it is useful and absolutely necessary that the legs are in a position as far as possible, not just in the basic position but to each groundstroke. When the support surface is enlarged, the center of gravity of the body can move during the groundstroke wide enough inside this surface, without coming out of its surface. As a result the stability of the body is maintained in any game situation. The distance between the legs should be in principle, at least equal to the width of the shoulders.