Nothing But White Shorts

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  1. TennsDog

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    Why do almost all pros (male, anyway) always wear white shorts? I have never played anyone who wears white shorts, I don't own any white shorts, and I never intend to own any white shorts (sorry, Wimbledon). Even when it's not white it's black. Why are there no red shorts? Or khaki? Or even grey?? It can't be because they don't get as hot. They wear them at night too. They wear black shirts with white shorts. And even if they didn't, legs don't get that hot from shorts since they are so loose anyway. I just don't understand this trend.
     
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  2. mJeez4293

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    monfils had all red on today
     
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    Ok, I should clarify that as I cannot recall ever seeing anything but white or sometimes black shorts.
     
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    Because wearing white shorts means you're a serious tennis player. How many other sports do people wear white shorts? Like none. So if you own white shorts, that means you bought them just for tennis and nothing else, making you a dedicated tennis player. Anyway, that's what I think when I see other guys wearing white shorts on the courts. Usually, guys wearing white shorts turn out to be pretty darn good players, in my experience. Sort of like seeing guys with PS 6.0 85's on the courts. ;)

    BTW, I personally own a least a dozen pairs (or more) of white tennis shorts. They go with any color top so they make matching quite easy, too. :D
     
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    monfils wore all red today, federer wears black shorts once in awhile... it just depends what goes with the top u are wearin... but the white shorts, as above poster said, go with practically anything and are a sign of a more serious player
     
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    It's probably more tradition than anything else.
     
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    Man, I only have a few pairs of white tennis shorts; I must suck! I've gotta get some more to get better. :D
     
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    technically they match all color tops, if you have balkc shorts you are really not supposed to wear a white and navy blue (or green) shirt becuase you don't wear black and navy blue together. I personally wear whatever combinations but "technically" there are certain colors that shouldn't go together. I like them becuase tehy seem sharp and i have a private local club that requires all clothing to be white.
     
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    I'm not on the courts to make a fashion statement, so I'm not interested in matching clothing. Also, my goal in buying apparel is to buy stuff that I can wear both on and off the court to give me as little changing as possible. I hate being like, "I want to go play some tennis, but I'm wearing a cotton shirt. I have to change!" By the way, I can't play tennis in cotton shirts anymore. They annoy the crap outta me, so it's moisture management all the way. I personally just think white shorts look stupid, especially the ones that become see-through.
     
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    Black looks bad.....blue doesnt match as well, white is attractive and matches with anything, intimidates your opponent with such color cordination. Khaki....i dunno about same reasoning with black, if you saw your opponent in black or grey shorts it would seem kind of dull, but when someone is wearing bright white shorts it shows confidence in their game.
     
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    Wow, you read all that into clothing color? I usually base my opponent's game on, well, his game. My high school team's uniform was white shirt and khaki shorts for three years, and we changed to blue shirts the fourth year. As you can see in my avatar, blue on khaki looks sweet. Way better than blue on white.
     
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  12. Dunlopkid

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    Proud to say I own two completely white Diadora tennis shorts.;) Better get some more though.:mrgreen:
     
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    Geez, no wonder all the babes come and watch my matches. LOL :lol:

    Anyway, I think white shorts look great, so cool looking, and they make you look like a "playa". LOL :mrgreen:
     
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    It looks like you're wearing white shorts in your avatar. :p
     
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    the big tennis shops will have a wide range of colour shorts but local shops tend to stick with original colours black or white which is where many ppl buy there gear. anyone else who wears like red shorts eg monfils. well monfils is different in everyway compared to the other tour players.
     
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    haha, yeah like how everybody would wear white socks.
     
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    I was wondering, because in your avatar it really looks like you're wearing White shorts.
    I think white shorts are the coolest, especially with a black shirt. Like Roddick and Federer have it down. If you have white shorts, a different color shirt and white hat/headband it looks cool. I think the best is white shorts with a black shirt and white hat which Roddick wears all the time.
     
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  18. TennsDog

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    Trust me, those shorts are khaki.
     
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  19. Faber

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    It's just a tradition of the sport.
     
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    nvm, just finished actually reading through the thread
     
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    Whites only! Don't even think about anything else! All those people in their rainbow color, baggy stuff look like they come straight from the basketball court! Have some style people!

    To the poster who said he isn't going on a fashion show: I suppose you don't care what you look like, on court or off. That really just says it all.
     
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    I heard Pavel almost had brown shorts in his match with Agassi.
     
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    I always wear white on court. I guess I just like to be traditional. This is a matter of taste, so no big deal as long as you play elsewhere than in Wimbledon.
     
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    I have a pair of white, navy blue, and black. I alternate depending on what top i'm wearing. I usually wear the white during the day since it absorbs less light. Anything to keep cool. If i could wear a portable A/C unit on my back w/o tiring out I would do it.
     
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    Most of my tennis shirts are white, but none of my shorts are. I don't want to look like I'm walking around in my underwear.
     
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  26. Brooklyn_bum

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    I can't believe you didn't know that tennis clothes are traditionally white.
     
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    Unless you're at University of Kentucky. The blue on white is pretty awesome ;)

    play well,

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    I have black, blue, tan, red, and dark green shorts...and about 5 white pairs. For some reason they hang around longer.

    For me it's just a matter of white going with anything. I can remember when Jimbo was radical because he had shirts that had colored stripes on them ;)

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  29. War Safin!

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    It's never was and never will be a 'trend'. WHITE is just something that tennis players wear....I don't understand the nature of your query at all??? :confused:

    ('The G.O.A.T' wore all WHITE for 12 years and won 14 Slams....that's good enough reason to wear WHITE.) :cool:
     
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    I know that tennis clothes are traditionally white, but what does that have to dow with every player always wearing white shorts. People don't wear only white shirts anymore. Traditions break down, that's just what happens.

    War, Federer, if that's just what tennis players wear, then I guess I'm not a tennis player. Silly me, I thought tennis players played tennis. I guess I need to see about getting some white shorts before I can become a serious player. Because, you know, clothing selection makes a huge difference in your game.
     
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    Tennis was traditionally an outdoor summer sport where light colored clothing (reflects light, doesn't heat up) is more comfortable than dark colored clothing (absorbs light, heats up).

    I think it started as a comfort thing that was codified into a tradition.

    I wear black shorts and a white shirt always, except at the rare country club where "tennis whites" are still required and in those places people wear white short pants complete with zipper, and button or snap, tailored fit on the legs, none of the the loose drawstring kind of baggy shorts.
     
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  32. War Safin!

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    No, no - you misunderstand.
    From your original thread post you seemed 'surprised' that white is still used as color of clothing nowadays?
    I don't think it's that much different to 10-20 years ago - players still wore colored gear during non-Wimbledon tournaments.

    As for me, I have just taken stock of a new dark navy Nike polo and matching 10" shorts and the Adidas Baricades that Safin wore, circa '05.... so, I'm not a traditionalist either!
     
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    Yes! Just like making sure you're using the same racket as your favorite pro, and you've spent countless hours analyzing photos and videos to determine if that's really his/her frame, or how he/she has it modified. LOL.

    White shorts are white shorts, nothing more.

    Now, it would kind of be a cool trend if Nike or Adidas came out with hi-tech LONG white pants like they used to wear back in the day. Maybe Nadal has started us down that path?

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    I don't undertand what the OP is asking. Why white shorts? Because it's always been that way. If you want to break from tradition and wear non tennis looking clothes then go ahead. Nobody cares.

    I don't know why you are so against white shorts.
     
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    "Because that's the way it's always been" is not a reason to do something. It is merely an observation. There needs to be a reason why, and tradition does not count as a reason. I'm not "breaking from tradition," I'm just wearing shorts that actually have some style. Not to mention I have never even seen any white shorts (aside from maybe some basketball shorts) in stores when I buy them anyway. I didn't say anyone should care, I am simply wondering why almost all pros always wear white shorts. If you don't know why, then don't answer. Again, tradition is not a why.
     
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    But tradition IS the reason why. Just like why do they play on grass at Wimbledon, or use love to mean zero, or use scoring like 40-15 instead of 3-1, or change sides after the first game and then every two afterwards, or play a set until someone wins 6 games by two, etc., etc. It's called: tradition.
     
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    Dude, you think too much. People wear white shorts because it's mostly tradition and they reflect heat/light more than darker colors. I don't ever wear white shorts unless I play tennis. So why do I wear them? Because tennis players wear white shorts. It's as simple as that. If you want to wear something different then wear something different.
     
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    Yeah, couch, I totally agree. It's like asking why do the Yankees wear pinstripes or why do pro golfers wear long pants instead of shorts?
     
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    TennisDog,

    It's just traditional. I grew up wearing white shorts for tennis. I prefer to wear white during tennis as a result. White is a very neutral color so I don't see why anybody would consider it ugly.
     
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    TennsDog. No i.
     
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    I agree that white is a neutral color and a safe bet that matches other colors. I only have tennis shorts in white, black & navy. You are in the minority if you think there's something wrong with white shorts.

    Hardly anyone wears tennis clothes at the public courts I play unless they are serious. Most people wear something like cargo shorts and tee shirts from Old Navy. They also only carry one racket and sometimes wear basketball shoes, etc.. It seems to me when someone really gets into tennis they invest in tennis clothes to look like a tennis player. The white shorts help achieve this look.
     
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  42. DX_Psycho

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    i wear white shorts because it looks damn cool with anything. looks best when i wear all white though.

    i wear black shrots too but i generlaly wear that with shirts with more black and different colors on it.
     
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    Tradition? Not at all!

    White is a religious experience. The exalted final resting place of truth, beauty and THE TENNIS WAY.

    Ethereal, even effete, but alway perfect for those quiet moments at the net when one is genuflecting towards the Gods of Wimbledon.

    Do not go gently into that good night without white.

    Dominus vobiscum adamo albeo :)

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    There is a difference between the way a game is played and what people wear to play the game. Everything you mentioned is a part of tennis itself. Without that, it would not be the same tennis. Apparel, however, is not a part of the sport. Yeah, I know some of you will argue me about that, but I don't care what you say, if I go out and play tennis (by all "tennis" rules) in a polka dot bikini, I'm still playing tennis.
     
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    Step slowly away from the bong. You will feel better in after a short rest.
     
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    Tennsdog notes he's "not on the court to make a fashion statement" but adds that "white shorts look stupid." Make up your mind, son; do you care about how you look or not??
     
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  47. TennsDog

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    There is a difference between throwing on any clothes I have in my drawer because I don't care if they match and going to the store and paying for an article of clothing I think looks stupid. If I had white shorts, they would be worn equally as much as my blue, black, grey, green, and khaki shorts. However, since I don't like white shorts, I don't buy them, leaving me with only apparel that I do like. And no, I'm not explaining this any further, so if you still don't get it, tough.
     
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    It looks good on any colors
     
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    But isn't switching sides after the first two games instead of one or calling the score 40-zero instead of 40-love, still playing tennis, too? :confused:
     
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    Not as much. Those are rules of tennis. There is no rule (ignoring Wimbledon) in tennis regarding apparel color. Therefore, it is simply tradition and not a part of the sport. When you learn how to play tennis, nothing is mentioned of white shorts. However, you learn very quickly how to score and change sides.
     
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