Pros and sunglasses

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Tipsy's are corrective and he wears a clear lens indoors.

Many others have worn shades...Clement was one of the first. Tomic has worn them and his feature a big swoosh on the frames. Most of the players wearing them choose Oakley for their better optics.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
Ivanovic wears a visor. With her dark hair seems you'd want the sun off you as much as possible.
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
Most rec players don't wear sunglasses either. I'm the only one in my "group".

You might be scratching your head about what makes Oakley’s golf-specific sunglasses different than the company’s normal sunglasses. The answer is not much, other than the company’s rose-colored G30 iridium lenses, which are designed to emphasize the light and dark shades of the colors green and brown.

Because the G30 lens emphasizes green, I can actually see the ball better with sunglasses. The G30's also aren't dark. 30% light transmission
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
I wonder the same thing why so few Pros wear them. Not a single one in Top-10. It's either because they think it hinders their peripheral view, or because no Sunglasses manufacturer has come forward to sponsor them (and they'd rather not give free endorsement).

I'm also the minority around me when it comes to wearing sunglasses while playing.
 

tennixpl

Rookie
I live with raccoon eyes because I wont play without them. but i also had corrective surgery and have light sensitivity.
Though id love to hear an optometrist or ophthalmologist chime in given how much time pros spend in the sun.
 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
I live with raccoon eyes because I wont play without them. but i also had corrective surgery and have light sensitivity.
Though id love to hear an optometrist or ophthalmologist chime in given how much time pros spend in the sun.
I'm the exact same way. Don't enjoy the raccoon eyes, but it is a price I am willing to pay to play. I just use some Oakley polarized Chainlink and they serve my needs.
 

penguin

Professional
I wonder the same thing why so few Pros wear them. Not a single one in Top-10. It's either because they think it hinders their peripheral view, or because no Sunglasses manufacturer has come forward to sponsor them (and they'd rather not give free endorsement).

I'm also the minority around me when it comes to wearing sunglasses while playing.
They should make their own- it would be a great way for them to break the monopoly on sunglasses worldwide and probably make some serious money.
 

LuckyR

Legend
I wonder the same thing why so few Pros wear them. Not a single one in Top-10. It's either because they think it hinders their peripheral view, or because no Sunglasses manufacturer has come forward to sponsor them (and they'd rather not give free endorsement).

I'm also the minority around me when it comes to wearing sunglasses while playing.
Pros don't use them because they either make them play worse, or at least they don't help them play better, endorsements aren't part of the equation.
 

BlueB

Legend
Play with sunglasses, people...
I can't even be outdoors without them and mostly have a hat or visor too, when playing sports. Light sensitivity and pterygium on both eyes, caused by 2 decades of sailing and skiing without protection :( Right now, I'm just trying to delay the operation as far down the line as possible.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy. A cheap pair of shaded polycarbonate wrap-around style protective glasses from hardware store, I had before, were almost better then expensive Maui Jim's I use now...
Polycarbonate, by itself, even when not shaded at all, stops more then 90% of UV.
 

Fifth Set

Professional
Agree that it is baffling.

I once had the opportunity to ask Brad Gilbert about sunglasses specifically.

He said that most don't bother because of the hassle involved in constant fogging and sweating on the glasses.

Of course I thought that this should be a great reason for Rafa TO wear them - another excuse to stall and delay! After toweling off and before picking his rear end Rafa could spend another minute fiddling with his sunglasses!
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Top Pros also don't see many lobs. It's mostly serve that will affect them. That can usually be remedied by altering ball toss.

Having said that, the daily exposure to UV is certainly not good for your eyes - regardless of whether one can tolerate the glares from the sun or not. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can accelerate the development cataracts, from what I read. I'd rather be safe.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
That's why courts are generally built north/south-ish and not directly east/west.
North/South for the most part -- generally true for most outdoor courts that are used for all day play. Doesn't matter for indoor courts or for courts that are used primarily for night-time play. Latitude can have a bearing on court orientation. Most latitudes use a N/S orientation but those closer to the equator may be offset somewhat from N/S. Courts that are used primarily during a specific season or a certain time of the day might be adjusted to minimize glare from the sun.
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
some say these sunglasses even help you see the ball BETTER by enhancing the ball. is this true ? and what brand does that ?
Back in the day, when most courts and backgrounds were green, Bolle Competivision Sunglasses were used by many pro and amateur tennis players as well as by lines-persons and chair umpires. Martina Hingis and others endorsed Competivision sunglasses. The teal-colored lens in these glasses muted most colors expect for optic yellow (the greenish-yellow color of most modern tennis balls). This made the ball color "pop" against the green (or red) background -- improved color contrast made the ball easier to see/track.

Now that many courts are blue rather than green, the need for the teal Competivision lenses has waned somewhat. The optic yellow ball color stands out very well against a blue court color -- no need for special lenses to provide the color contrast. However, many public courts with blue courts still use green windscreens. For these courts as well as other courts that are still green, the Bolle teal lenses can still be useful.

Both Janko Tipsarevic and Sam Stosur use Oakley sunglasses. Sam uses Oakley Enduring frames with Positive Red Iridium lenses according to her website. I believe that the lenses are polarized (for glare reduction), photochromic (light level adaptive) and use Oakley's High Definition Optics technology. It is possible that the HD technology used by Oakley and other manufacturers could, possibly, improve vision to better than 20/20. I have heard that quite a few baseball players uses clear lens glasses or sunglasses with technology such as this.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/lenses/wavefront-lenses.htm

Janko uses Oakley Fast Jacket XL frames which, I believe, makes it easy for him to quickly swap out different lenses for changing light (or background) conditions. His are prescription lenses that are also photochromic. Do not know if they are polarized. According to the follow article, Janko uses True Digital™ corrective lenses with Dual-Peripheral Technology™.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tennis-pro-janko-tipsarevic-relies-on-oakley-true-digital-corrective-lenses-in-key-us-open-victory-102169124.html
http://www.selectspecs.com/blog/wimbledon-2012-janko-tipsarevic-in-oakley-fast-jacket-xl/

Maui Jim sunglasses also have found their way into pro tennis. Their glasses are endorsed and/or used by Monfils, Lisicki, Fish and Hingis (no longer with Bolle, I assume). Nike sunglasses are used by Tomic and Misty May. Other Oakley users include: the Bryan brothers, Almagro, Flipkens, Vemic and Rodionova. These links might provide more details:

https://www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk/sport/tennis/athletes/gael-monfils.aspx
http://www.examiner.com/list/maui-jim-sunglasses-get-a-major-sponsorship-the-world-of-tennis
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LuckyR

Legend
SA is correct but historically "tennis" glasses were just rebranded softball glasses (since softballs are often optic yellow and grass will always be green).
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Back in the day, when most courts and backgrounds were green, Bolle Competivision Sunglasses were used by many pro and amateur tennis players as well as by lines-persons and chair umpires. Martina Hingis and others endorsed Competivision sunglasses. The teal-colored lens in these glasses muted most colors expect for optic yellow (the greenish-yellow color of most modern tennis balls). This made the ball color "pop" against the green (or red) background -- improved color contrast made the ball easier to see/track.

Now that many courts are blue rather than green, the need for the teal Competivision lenses has waned somewhat. The optic yellow ball color stands out very well against a blue court color -- no need for special lenses to provide the color contrast. However, many public courts with blue courts still use green windscreens. For these courts as well as other courts that are still green, the Bolle teal lenses can still be useful.

Both Janko Tipsarevic and Sam Stosur use Oakley sunglasses. Sam uses Oakley Enduring frames with Positive Red Iridium lenses according to her website. I believe that the lenses are polarized (for glare reduction), photochromic (light level adaptive) and use Oakley's High Definition Optics technology. It is possible that the HD technology used by Oakley and other manufacturers could, possibly, improve vision to better than 20/20. I have heard that quite a few baseball players uses clear lens glasses or sunglasses with technology such as this.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/lenses/wavefront-lenses.htm

Janko uses Oakley Fast Jacket XL frames which, I believe, makes it easy for him to quickly swap out different lenses for changing light (or background) conditions. His are prescription lenses that are also photochromic. Do not know if they are polarized. According to the follow article, Janko uses True Digital™ corrective lenses with Dual-Peripheral Technology™.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tennis-pro-janko-tipsarevic-relies-on-oakley-true-digital-corrective-lenses-in-key-us-open-victory-102169124.html
http://www.selectspecs.com/blog/wimbledon-2012-janko-tipsarevic-in-oakley-fast-jacket-xl/

Maui Jim sunglasses also have found their way into pro tennis. Their glasses are endorsed and/or used by Monfils, Lisicki, Fish and Hingis (no longer with Bolle, I assume). Nike sunglasses are used by Tomic and Misty May. Other Oakley users include: the Bryan brothers, Almagro, Flipkens, Vemic and Rodionova. These links might provide more details:

https://www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk/sport/tennis/athletes/gael-monfils.aspx
http://www.examiner.com/list/maui-jim-sunglasses-get-a-major-sponsorship-the-world-of-tennis
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have you guys actually tried these and does it really work ?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
The Bolle sunglasses work quite well with green backgrounds. Bolle suggests not driving with the teal lenses tho'. I tends to wash out the colors of many traffic lights. Have not tried the other glasses/lens mentioned in my post.

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LuckyR

Legend
The teal does make optic yellow "pop" but I have never had trouble seeing tennis balls so its all hype to me...
 

BlueB

Legend
Awesome information, which brand/model gives you the most bang for the buck?
Something like this:

As cheap as $5 in hardware stores. Polycarbonate itself stops over 90% of the UV. Wrap around design stops most of the glare from the sides and is great for peripheral vision. One piece design will not disintegrate and end up in your eye, when you get creamed at the net (it happened to me). They are so cheap that you won't care if scratched or lost. If enhanced vision was required, you can always look for a polarized version, for whooping $15.
 

struggle

Legend
Tifosi has a GT (Golf/Tennis) lens and it's not the green stuff, more amber.

Price is better than the Bolle as well.
 
Tried some fishing glasses on court today ,'wrappers' big glass style when we played in glaring sun at lunch time..
Cant recall the brand ,mail order stuff . The Polarized glass worked well :) one seesthe ball well and clear.
They are stayers.
 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
Tried some fishing glasses on court today ,'wrappers' big glass style when we played in glaring sun at lunch time..
Cant recall the brand ,mail order stuff . The Polarized glass worked well :) one seesthe ball well and clear.
They are stayers.
I'd be a little scared playing with glass lenses, but to each his or her own.
 
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