Slumming it with non-tennis attire

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  1. omega4

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    Am I the only one here who doesn't wear tennis-specific clothes while playing tennis (with the exception of tennis shoes)?

    I've found putting on Nike Dri-Fit workout T-shirts and gym shorts (9-inch inseams) to be quite functional and comfortable.

    I don't know how stylish the look is, but then again, at my age, I don't feel like playing tennis wearing a shirt or shorts that looks like someone splashed paint all over them.
     
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  2. slowfox

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    I wore khakis once for some casual hitting.
     
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  3. The Meat

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    I just wear plain shorts and usually a t-shirt, if it's really hot I have to use some dri fit material to wick away the sweat. A heavy and stinky wet shirt is not a good one.
     
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  4. ArliHawk

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    I generally do this, although I have a tennis specific clothes. My game is not good enough to support a Federer or Nadal outfit, so I prefer to keep it simple in adidas or nike workout gear. Really like the Lacoste superdry crews for playing, though. They are my favorite tennis piece.
     
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  5. darklore009

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    i go for regular cheap athletic clothing i find in the clearance rack in tj maxx
     
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  6. veloduffer

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    I generally wear some athletic t-shirt that wicks (Starter from Wal-mart or Dick's sporting goods closeout) and shorts. The one thing about shorts is having the pockets deep enough that the ball doesn't fall out and that the pocket is supported (or not too long) so it doesn't droop on that side. I tried using some shorts that I had from basketball and the ball in the pocket either hung too low or the pocket material was very lightweight (mesh). So I am more inclined to use tennis specific shorts.
     
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  7. NJ1

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    I'm only a 5.0 so most of my tennis gear bought from TW on sale is in whites with some blue/grays so I don't attract too much attention. These colors also fit the club rules where I often play.

    I will also, on occasion, play in Russell Athletic shorts with an Under Armor cotton tee. Just depends where I'm playing and whether I can be bothered thinking about what I grab out of my drawer.
     
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  8. mikeler

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    I just find the cheapest poly shorts/shirts and buy them. There are a few days that are cold enough to warrant cotton t-shirts but those are few and far between here in Florida.
     
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    i wear plain all cotton* clothes. preferably with no outside branding.

    only my shoes and wristbands are tennis specific. if i could find unbranded wristbands i'd use them as i don't like the bumpy feel of the logo.

    My headband/hankerchief and cap are unbranded as well. Also, all cotton.

    *I don't do synthetics.
     
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    The Target C9 brand can be pretty decent for the price.
     
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    I usually just get nike outlet stuff, don't think any of it is tennis specific. I have two Nadal tops that were on sale at local shop, thats the extent of my tennis attire (other than shoes).
     
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    on top I am not picky unless I'm playing somewhere that requires a collar. on the bottom I prefer to wear tennis specific shorts because running shorts and soccer shorts don't have pockets, and basketball shorts (and most general workout shorts these days) are way too long.
     
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    Sometimes for practice I'll wear a t shirt and some standard tennis shorts like black or white Nike or adidas. But for tournaments I always wear athletic dna shirts, shorts and socks.
     
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  14. tennisoh

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    Ha, this is about as good of a humblebrag as I've seen.

    If people had to be over a 5.0 to buy some of these clothes, companies would have a hard time stay in business.

    Feel free to wear whatever you want. This "not good enough" feeling is just stupid. If someone wants to buy a $80 shirt, or if someone wants to buy an $8 shirt, it is their decision.
     
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    Game isn't good enough for a Federer or Nadal? That is such a weird way of thinking. Stop worrying about how others might judge you and buy what you want.
     
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  16. TRVX1912

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    H&m Tee and some random shorts although i really do like the two tennis shorts i bought. I forgot but its in the nadal line. When its hot shirtless! :D
     
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  17. hidude2009

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    I don't mind cotton or athletic shirts, but I can't stand playing in anything that aren't athletic material shorts... just feels so weird.

    I always, always, always wear tennis shoes though, otherwise I'm usually left with a mutilated pair of regular shoes... :)
     
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  18. zapvor

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    H&M is awesome!

    i would buy more tennis attire if prices were better
     
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    I used to when I was younger... I was all about the Nike Agassi outfits! :p

    But nowadays? Nah... cotton t-shirts, a baseball (MLB) cap and regular Nike shorts or track-pants. Nike proper tennis shoes, of course.

    I dunno, I guess the older you get, the less you care about these things?

    Incidentally, yesterday I saw some dude (20-30's maybe) wearing a red Nike bandana, Fed's red Swiss Olympics shirt, Nike double-wide wristband, Fed's white Nike shorts (I assumed it was Fed's), Nike socks, Vapors in the same colorway... sporting a Wilson stick (I also assumed it was the Six-One BLX 90) with a white grip and a Wilson Fed bag. Looked the part, but played like a novice, at best. Oh well.
     
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  20. Nuke

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    All my "tennis shorts" are actually bathing suits.
     
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  21. rufus_smith

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    lol I used to swimming trunks sometimes when I played in high humidity, high temperature part of the Southeast US. Regular shorts would just get soaked after 20 minutes and they doubled in weight and it felt like you were wearing a wet mop. So swimwear was one try for a solution. I guess they make dri-fit material now that make for better tennis shorts.


    Nowadays I buy high quality tennis shorts with back pockets and wear them as street clothes during the warm season , sort of the opposite of what some other people do.
     
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  22. Boricua

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    I prefer high tech and quality tennis apparel but look for sale items, usually last season's apparel.
     
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  23. goran_ace

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    Back in my junior days I used to love checking in for my match and seeing an opponent dressed head-to-toe in the latest Agassi gear because usually that meant I'd be off the court in half an hour with an easy win. It seemed like the top kids never wanted to look like they were tennis players and purposely avoided tennis clothing. So they'd show up in random old concert tees or in something like a JV soccer practice tee.
     
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  24. Power Player

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    I have become a huge fan of the dry fit tees that have cotton in them. Adidas and Nike make great ones. I hunt for the ones that are $20 or less. I buy my shorts from Ross usually.
     
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  25. ArliHawk

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    Love these, too. My favorite are the adidas ultimate tee that is an 85 poly/15 cotton blend that still manages to feel like cotton, but wick like an 100% poly shirt. Also, I think the shirts with some cotton in them tend to stink less after washing than 100% poly shirts.
     
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  26. mikeler

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    What's the best shirt to prevent chafing in super humid weather? Most of the ones I buy are fine at first but after 20 or so washings, they start to aggravate my skin.
     
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  27. Dave M

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    I was in your neck of the woods a week ago and discovered Ross, what a shop, k swiss trainers for less than $30 in my size.
    I buy mine on sale (close out) whenever poss, just picked up an UA tennis t shirt dri fit material for £10 which is really nice, looking at the laundry pile i still have some mid 90's sampras shorts that i still wear so i guess once upon a time it was worth buying the proper stuff!?
     
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    Some material will loose it's wicking abilities but a lot of it depends on washing powder used and temp washed in from what i've read.
     
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  29. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I used to slum it with whatever, hell I used to wear normal running shoes too. But over the past few years, I do notice the benefit of tennis specific attire.

    For example, I used to wear basketball shorts for tennis, because I thought shorts were all the same. Then I got annoyed with the deep pockets of my basketball shorts. It ran all the way down to my knees. And it felt really weird when I had ball(s) in my pocket that kept banging into my knee during a rally.

    I used to wear random loose t-shirts too, then I realized I hated how the loose sleeves were catching the back of my elbow when I serve.
     
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  30. ArliHawk

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    I think one of the most important thing to keep workout stuff working its best and lasting is to use Penguin Sports Wash or Win sports detergent, on handwash setting, and line dry.

    As to a great wicking shirt, I find the Lululemon silvervent material to be fantastic. Not tennis gear, but a great product.
     
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  31. Boricua

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    But, dont they get to wet with perspiration? At night I used one and it became sticky and felt too humid.
     
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    If you remove the chip from your shoulder I guarantee you'll be able to improve your level of play. 5.0 is a far from elite level where unforced errors still dominate the outcome against similar opponents, and it is my personal preference not to dress in flashy clothes. If you want to that's fine, but I choose not to. Have a good one.
     
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  33. Boricua

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    But if they are 60% cotton and 40% polyester they get too wet with perspiration. haevnt tried I think the ones you refer too.
     
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  34. Uvijek Argen

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    It all depend where you live too, and what you can find in your demographic area.
    I live close to a Nike clearance store and on weekends they have normal shirts (those you see Del Potro, Federer and Nadal on practice) for $9.99 plus 30% off. If you see me on court you will think im sponsored by Nike, but in reality im just lucky to live close to a store like that.

    I do find a little bit too much somebody practicing with pro match outfit (I haven't seeing it in a long time), but is what I said "whatever move your boat".
     
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    They get no wetter than my smelly poly shirts.
     
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  36. bad_call

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    humid climates require a shirt change at times...no matter the fabric. ;)
     
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  37. Brian11785

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    This. You can find standard colors/designs/brands there, but also the weird stuff that most people probably wouldn't be caught dead wearing in public. I tend to gravitate towards the latter. And at a great price.
     
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  38. JRstriker12

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    I have a mix of some nice tennis specific outfits and general moisture wicking work-out clothes that I wear.

    Actually, sometimes I prefer the non-tennis stuff. I have a plain red under armour t-shirt and black shorts that are just great for tennis or working out. The stuff is light and I think it works better than some of the more expensive dry-fit stuff I have.
     
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  39. Boricua

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    Yeah, maybe Ill reconsider and save some cash sometimes.
     
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    On a pure superficial note, I like the look of a Tshirt a lot more than the poly shirts I have. Just feels more comfortable and is more my style.
     
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  41. Boricua

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    In terms of the life of the shirt, poly shirts last much longer than a cotton shirt. But, cotton shirts have a more relaxed and casual fit that adjusts more to practice sessions I guess.
     
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    I usually use specific tennis wear...sometimes just casual cotton t-shirts instead of a tennis crew
     
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  43. tennisoh

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    I'm perfectly fine where I'm at right now, because I play tennis for fun. All I'm saying is this thought that someone has to be at a certain level to wear clothes is really dumb.
     
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    And I do not disagree with that. I think you misinterpreted my original post. It's just my personal preference that I stated, I never judge other players for their clothing.
     
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  45. r5d3

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    While I wear clothes specifically for tennis, I don't own any specific tennis gear. Well, I do own two Head shorts from Marshall's. It's all DriFit type gear for me, and I do buy shorts with the specific intent of tennis (not heavy, not overly long, pockets). Unfortunately, because I have a long torso (well, that and being a fatty) I don't fit into most brands XXL and have to find XXXL's. Again, every once in a while I can get one at Marshall's or TJ Maxx or the Nike/Adidas outlet, but most of my gear is store brand.

    Which leaves me with some advice. Not a big fan of Wal Mart's Starter gear or KMart (Athletech? Something like that) but if you happen to live in the vicinity of a Meijer's (upper mid west only), MTA makes a quality product that's as close to Nike as I've ever seen.
     
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  46. omega4

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    I don't think the Starter gear is all that bad. I like it just as much if not more so than Target's C9 gear.
     
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  47. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    No way man, you've got to be at least a 4.5 to rock a headband/bandana.
     
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  48. r5d3

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    I haven't used Target's brand because it runs small on me. I don't dislike the Starter stuff, just don't think it's as good as the MTA I can get at Meijer's. It's not as breathable and tends to stick to my body a lot more than DriFit or MTA. As for the brand at KMart, it tends to be a bit itchy, at least for a couple months, then breaks in pretty well.


    On a sidenote, I love Avia shorts. Even though I'm a rather rotund 40-42" waist and generally wear XXL in shorts, with Avia I magically become a medium.
     
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  49. aznhippos

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    Dri fit shirt and shorts will do for me
     
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    Only RF apparel from Nike and higher quality Sergio Tacchini ND gear for me.
     
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