Sleeveless Shirts: Yes or No?

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  1. RockChalkOhio

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    I was just lambasted by my wife and mother for wearing a sleeveless shirt during a recent tennis match. It's a new adidas dry fit shirt...looks pretty good, I think. Not a cut off or anything like that. No dress code is specified for my club.

    What do the tennis fashion police say about this? I'm fairly new to tennis so I'm not sure if I am being a scrub or not. Also, I have huge, well cut guns so chicks and probably even some dudes dig it...should play into the equation.

    Thanks, RockChalkOhio
     
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  2. Overdrive

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    Some people can pull it off (ex:Rafael Nadal) while others can't. Since you have a large mass, don't wear them if they are too small.
     
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  3. LuchoVena

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    if the place is really classy and have set up rules, then abide by them. To play in grass courts in Newport, RI, I needed all white (shirt with COLAR too!), nothing else and were very strict. My shorts had a gray streak running down so they let it go at least.

    Or perhaps, no offense, nor I dont know how you look, is that perhaps you had a bit of too much pit-arm hair to show off that was an unwanted sight by them. So maybe a little trimming may go a long way ;)
     
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  4. Sumo

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    If you're under 25, go for it. Over 25, nope.
     
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  5. mr_eko

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    What about all the NBA players who are over 25 and wear sleeveless jerseys?

    Honesty RockChalkOhio, wear what makes you feel good and what you want.
    I also wear sleeveless shirts because for me I feel more free and they are really comfortable during tennis.
     
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  6. Sumo

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    What about them?
     
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  7. RogueFLIP

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    Yeah, I only wear sleeveless shirts for tennis matches. I've cut sleeves on shirts I like.

    Something about the sleeves touching my shoulder/armpit just bothers me for some reason.

    Also, I always tuck in my back left part of my shirt. Someway just the ruffling of the shirt behind my back irritates me. But I can't tuck in the right side of my shirt because it feels restricted when I serve.

    Ahh, we all have our quirks. :)

    I've got my own style, and I'm too old to care what anyone thinks.
     
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  8. Fedinkum

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    Yes...is an age thing:)
     
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  9. newpball

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    Your club has no dress code?

    What kind of club is it? :grin:
     
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  10. mikeler

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    I propose an amendment. Only if you are under 25 OR a pro basketball player.
     
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    It is my constitutional right to bear arms:

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  12. colowhisper

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    If you're playing pick up games on public courts, sure. If you're playing at nicer or private tennis clubs, or mixed, go for something classier IMO.
     
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  13. BLX_Andy

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    There's a guy that would wear a sleeveless shirt at my tennis center. He's not that cut but still in good enough shape to pull it off. Wear what makes you comfortable.
     
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  14. TennisCJC

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    If you are 12 years old or younger, sleeveless shirts are cool.

    If you are female and shave your arm pits, sleeveless shirts can look good.

    For any male older than 12, lose the sleeveless look. I have heard a few people call them "wife beater shirts".

    I normally play in a t-shirt 95% of the time and only occasionally wear a collared shirt. But, sleeveless shirts look really bad in general.

    If you are male and insist on wearing them, maybe you should shave your pits.
     
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  15. The Isomotion31

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    I don' wear them to matches but for practice I have worn them and actually prefer wearing a basketball jersey for tennis on hot days.

    If I am playing somewhere a little more upscale I get a little more coverage to cover my tattoos.
     
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  16. bluetrain4

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    Wear what you want, no matter your age, within the parameters of the place you're playing. These threads get a little ridiculous with people's insistence of what is right and wrong, what is age appropriate and what isn't. (Some) people will always make judgments. The sort of person who has problems with your sleeveless, even if it's allowed, will usually find something else wrong with you even if you're dressed "properly" in their view.

    If you want to wear a sleeveless at a "classy" private club or resort, and it's within the dress code, then do it. And, if you're 55 and want to do it, and it's allowed, then do it. If you don't want to wear sleeveless, don't.
     
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  17. robbo1970

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    In a word...no.
     
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  18. BHBeguile

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    I personally think it looks tacky on guys (hated when Rafa and DelPo did it), but frankly, it's no one's business as long as you're following whatever rules apply to the court.
     
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    I wear them sometimes just to get a more even tan line :)
    However I'm still pretty thin and fit for 37 and I actually don't look much over 25.

    Who cares what you wear. If the actual rules of the location you are playing in doesn't say that you can't wear them then by all means go for it. I swear one of these days I'm going to look for some old long tube socks with the colored bands on the top to wear just for a retro day :)
     
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  20. Fintft

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    Exactly sleevless is better:
    a) For serve.
    b) When it's hot.
    c) For attracting chicks! Iregardless of age, mind you...
     
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    NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo..........
     
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  22. SCRAP IRON

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    I think people are crazy NOT to wear sleeveless shirts while playing tennis in South Florida. Unless of course they are out of shape weekend warriors.
     
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    Ditto here in Texas...
     
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  24. BLX_Andy

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    "Wife Beaters" look differently from sleeveless shirts meant for tennis. Wife Beaters are basically male tank tops, sleeveless shirts have a wider strap. I wear wife beaters daily under my clothing and they're actually comfortable to wear. They cover up the seams of a shirt if their are any.
     
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    this made me laugh, reading it as it as it was meant to be haha.


    Sometimes drilling in a cutoff shirt is good when it's hot out. Id be uncomfortable wearing a sleeveless tennis shirt to the club though. How about a collared sleeveless tennis white :cool: lol
     
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  26. NLBwell

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    No.
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    NO.

    I figure that for me and all guys it's best to keep the pits covered up.
    If you're going to go sleeveless, it's best to just go without a shirt at all.
     
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    I work out in sleeveless shirts and practice in them. But an actual match? Haven't tried it since 7th grade.
     
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  28. Vlad_C

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    Let me get this straight, you're a grown man asking a bunch of strangers on TT whether it's ok or not to wear sleevless shirts on tennis courts...

    Your mom already told you not to do it.
    Your wife already told you not to do it.
    What else do you need to know???
     
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  29. treo

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    Sleeveless has gone out of fashion. It was popular 7-10 years ago on the pro tour and among rec players. Now hardly any pro goes sleeveless and I don't see much on the public courts.

    Look at TW's selection of sleeveless shirts for sale: 4 choices compared to hundreds of short sleeve shirts.
     
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  30. Chotobaka

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    There is a simple way to determine whether the sleeveless look is OK. Is the OP sporting a mullet?
     
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  31. Fintft

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    Dunno, I've used sleeveless shirt last evening, outdoors, in Canada, b/c it was like 20C! Starting at 5 PM it felt great, although in the dark, past 7 PM it was starting to get a tad chilly :D

    Also I definetly wear them for serve practice...
     
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  32. mikeler

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    ssgator80 is the only senior player I know who can pull it off and look sexi doing it.
     
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  33. SCRAP IRON

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    They sell so many sleeveless shirts, so they must be popular. If you do not have definition in your arms then you probably should not wear them. They are a little more comfortable.
     
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    this.

    personally, as a dude, i think they look kinda stupid but several fellas wear them and i'm not gonna run around and make a deal about it. whatever, do what makes you feel proper.
     
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    I were a bright orange sleeveless top when it's very hot here. I wouldn't normally wear one otherwise.
     
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  36. degrease

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    I kinda miss the nadal sleeveless capri shorts era where he dressed different to the norm
     
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    Those capris were good stuff.
     
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  39. SCRAP IRON

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    I said it once and I'll say it again. If you have a somewhat athletic build and are playing in hot, humid conditions, then you would be foolish not to as they are more comfortable and aerodynamic. Three out of the four guys that I played doubles with a few nights ago wore them. The materials these days are much better as is the fit.
     
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  40. Fintft

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    ^^^^
    Plus it doesn't impede your serve motion!
     
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  41. SCRAP IRON

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    There you go- Great shirt for serving! I noticed that you play with a 6.1 95 frame. Have you taken the new 6.1 95 "spin effect" for a spin?
     
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  42. Mrlucky986

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    I normally wear nike vest for tennis 6'3 and not hugely built never had any worries till joined a new club and there problem was with my tattoos being on show so was advised to either wear longsleeved or leave so i promptly left i think some clubs can be too fussy if its branded tennis clothing shouldnt complain
     
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  43. AtomicForehand

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    OP, if you've got it, flaunt it. I as a woman tell you to do so. All these other guys are just jealous because they have flabby weak limbs that they feel obligated to hide from sight.
     
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  44. Fintft

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    No, mainly b/c I had just bought my 4th 6.1 95 BLX 2012 Amplifeel a month before the spin version was out...I went up a size(from 3/8 to 1/2), although I still have to match them all in thickness (i.e. my 3/8s with 2 grips are thiker then the new 1/2).

    Have you tried it?

    Besides I also still have a couple of 6.1 95 BLX in reserve, pluse that I've realized that I need to learn how to control my nerves first, before asking for more help from equipment (even fewer lessons etc).
     
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  45. Fintft

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    Thank you lady!

    I have to bragg that at least on one ocasion a lady was flushing when I remained in my sleeveless shirt :)
     
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    For youngster it is good.
     
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    DAYYYYYUM!!!!
     
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  48. IA-SteveB

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    Rock a Speedo with the sleeveless for an even better effect.
     
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  49. pennc94

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    I say no (generally), but if you're a pro and have the arms, go for it. It worked for Nadal. I don't think it works for Russell. Despite having the guns, I think his (lack of) height makes the sleeveless thing look odd for some reason.
     
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    fixed your post
     
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