Women and Tennis Fashion Through the Years

Which decade aced the perfect marriage between comfort and style?

As the U.S. Open commences, and stokes our cravings for crisp tennis whites, we're looking back at how women's style on court has evolved. From the loose, court-sweeping knits of the '20s to today's lycra-infused mini-skirts, tennis attire has steadily done a 180. Which decade aced the perfect marriage between comfort and style? That's for you to decide.
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Suzanne Lenglen, 1920
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Two Women Off to Play Tennis, 1925
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Lili De Alvarez, 1926
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Madge Bellamy, 1930
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Tennis Players, 1930
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English Tennis Players, 1938
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Carole Lombard, 1938
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Mary Healy, 1940
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Jane Russel and a Friend On a Tennis Court, 1944
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Katharine Hepburn, 1944
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Tennis Players, 1901
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A Model Wearing a Tennis Dress, 1950
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Althea Gibson, 1949
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A Model Wearing Teddy Tinling, 1951
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Models in Tennis Tea Interval Outfits, 1951
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Tennis Costumes, 1956
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Tennis Player, 1966
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A Model Wearing Teddy Tinling, 1968
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Gussie Moran, 1968
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Billie Jean King, 1975
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Lea Pericoli and Carol Kalogeropoulos Wearing Ted Tinling, 1970
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Julie Heldman Wearing Ted Tinling, 1971
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Designer Ted Tinling With Tennis Players, 1973
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Santa Carling, 1984
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Fashion Designer Mary McFadden, 1988
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Martina Hingis, 2002
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Victoria Azarenka, 2002
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Sabine Lisicki and Samantha Stosur, 2011
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Venus Williams, 2013
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Serena Williams, 2009
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