Sergio Tacchini Tennis Clothing

This classic Italian tennis styling company was founded by Sergio Tacchini in 1966. Sergio had played Davis Cup for Italy from 1959 to 1966. He had the foresight to use some great designers to apply that great sense of Italian styling that we all know and love. He was the first to experiment with different colours and geometric patterns, while the tennis world was still obsessed with wearing "tennis whites".

Furthermore, he signed up some of the most charismatic Italian players of their time like Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzuti, Tonino Zugarelli and Paolo Bertolucci. Being Italian, they were naturals at combining form and function, with a great sense of style as usual. I remember owning one of the great tennis polos of this period which was basically white, but had the Italian flag colours on ONE SLEEVE only to keep it simple, stylish and elegant. It summed up the brand perfectly at the time.

Later on, some of the greatest tennis players of their generation started to wear Sergio Tacchini, like John McEnroe. Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash, Vitas Gerulaitis, Ilie Nastase and Goran Ivanisevic. The women included Martina Navratilova and Gabriela Sabbatini. John McEnroe (you cannot be serious!) and Ilie Nastase wore the brand with a degree of notoriety during the 80s. In later years Pete Sampras, Sergei Bruguera and Martina added world-class titles while wearing the brand, all the way up to Novak Djokovic, who was the global brand ambassador for Sergio for a number of years. Who can forget Marc Girardelli throwing himself down the slopes, or Ian Woosnam putting on the green jacket over his Sergio polo?

The right tennis clothing is crucial when playing the sport for various reasons. Firstly, tennis requires a lot of movement, including running, jumping, and stretching. Proper tennis attire is designed with lightweight and breathable fabrics that wick away moisture to keep players cool and comfortable on the court. This ensures that players can move freely without any limitations and reduces the chances of overheating or discomfort during intense rallies.

Be sure to check out our other tennis departments and guides, including our section on "How to Choose a tennis racket"  which aims to help you find the tennis racket that is most suited to you and your ability.

Choose the Ultimate Control rackets if you are an accomplished player or are looking for ultimate control as you have a long, powerful swing.

Choose the Power & Spin rackets if you are looking for a nice mixture of power and control.

Choose the Intermediate rackets for the ultimate in power and forgiveness...easy on the arm and lightweight.

Many of these tennis rackets come pre-strung from the manufacturers in strings and tensions which are suitable for the majority of players. If you do prefer a specific string or tension on a factory strung racket, or are looking to purchase a 'Frame Only' racket, we provide an optional stringing service.

Selecting the right tennis racket is a deeply personal process for players. Factors such as playing style, skill level, and personal preference come into play. It's crucial to consider factors like racket weight, head size, balance, and grip size to find the perfect match that complements one's game.

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Tennis is a sport that requires a great deal of physical fitness and mental agility. As such, it's important to have the right outfit in order to perform well. The best tennis clothes for men and women should provide a balance of style and comfort. Choose lightweight, breathable tops that wick away sweat, and bottoms with a comfortable fit that allow for unrestricted movement. For chilly days, opt for long-sleeved tops with lightweight fabrics to keep you warm without becoming too heavy. 

Complement your wardrobe with appropriate street or court shoes, and don’t forget the appropriate socks for your feet to avoid blisters. To keep the sun out of your eyes, a tennis cap or visor can finish off your look. With the right tennis clothing, you'll look and feel your best while taking centre court.


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