Why did players stop tucking in their shirts?

Tuck or no tuck?

  • Tuck

    Votes: 4 10.5%
  • No tuck

    Votes: 30 78.9%
  • Brother Tuck

    Votes: 4 10.5%

  • Total voters
    38

davced1

Hall of Fame
Back in the day everybody tucked in their shirts. Laver tucked, Borg tucked, McEnroe tucked, Edberg tucked, Becker tucked, probably the vast majority of tennis players tucked in their shirts. I remember when I played soccer growing up in the early 90's we where still expected to tuck in our shirts and if we didn't our coaches where on to us in the blink of an eye and told us to. It was about manners and decency. It was considered sloppy not to tuck. In the 90's Sampras and Agassi broke the trend and played with their shirts hanging loose. As the 90's went on less and less players tucked and nowadays it's very rare. Was it only fashion or did something fundamentally change in society?
 
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Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
Good thread, I started one on this subject on another forum years ago.
I never leave my shirt untucked. For me it's a comfort thing.
I HATE having the feeling of my shorts against my bare waist.
So the shirt stops that feeling.

But from the research I did a few years ago, I think it was Wilander actually who started the untucked trend.
If anyone can find a player before Wilander who did it, please let us know.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
Good thread, I started one on this subject on another forum years ago.
I never leave my shirt untucked. For me it's a comfort thing.
I HATE having the feeling of my shorts against my bare waist.
So the shirt stops that feeling.

But from the research I did a few years ago, I think it was Wilander actually who started the untucked trend.
If anyone can find a player before Wilander please let us know.
Mats you slob no wonder Vilas didn't even want to look at him!

 

Slowtwitcher

Hall of Fame
Back in the day everybody tucked in their shirts. Laver tucked, Borg tucked, McEnroe tucked, Edberg tucked, Becker tucked, probably the vast majority of tennis players tucked in their shirts. I remember when I played soccer growing up in the early 90's we where still expected to tuck in our shirts and if we didn't our coaches where on to us in the blink of an eye and told us to. It was about manners and decency. It was considered sloppy not to tuck. In the 90's Sampras and Agassi broke the trend and played with their shirts hanging loose. As the 90's went on less and less players tucked and nowadays it's very rare. Was it only fashion or did something fundamentally change in society?
Indecent and bad-mannered

 

accidental

Hall of Fame
Tucking has no practical purposes for tennis since it’s a non contact sport

In basketball a lot of competitions still want players to tuck so fingers don’t get caught up and broken, same reason why basketball shorts have no pockets

Also, how would players like Zverev show off their sweet abs by nonchalantly lifting up their shirts mid match if they had to keep re-tucking?
 

Standaa

G.O.A.T.

davced1

Hall of Fame
Tucking has no practical purposes for tennis since it’s a non contact sport

In basketball a lot of competitions still want players to tuck so fingers don’t get caught up and broken, same reason why basketball shorts have no pockets

Also, how would players like Zverev show off their sweet abs by nonchalantly lifting up their shirts mid match if they had to keep re-tucking?
Interesting that's something I heard when I played soccer too that it was in the rules to keep shirts tucked. If it was it obviously changed.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
Ah, the 90s. When everyone wore shirts 2 sizes too big.
That's right. I still have some of my 90's shirts left an I'm absolutely shocked by how big they are. I was a skinny teen back then but thought it looked awesome then. Now I realise they where always hideous and too big. Heck they are too big for me even now when I am a chubbier soon to be 40 year old.
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
Now, their trainers and physios would come out running on the court to untuck their shirts, if it comes to that!

Back then their entourages didn't include trainers and physios!
 
Often I see posters here call certain pros out of shape because baggy shirts can sometimes make them look stocky. I think someone called sandgren chunky and @Jack the Hack posted a pick of him without a shirt, he’s pretty jacked. You could probably tell that if he tucked his shirt:)
 

Johnny505

Rookie
One of the vet male player at my club used to tuck in his top until he bought some new kit in the lockdown, he said playing in 30+ celcius is more comfortable in a tennis dress.
 

Crazy Finn

Professional
I hate tucking my shirt in. For tennis. For work. For walking around my house. For sleeping. For eating. For browsing the internet. For watching tv. For living.
 

Swingmaster

Hall of Fame
I hate tucking my shirt in. For tennis. For work. For walking around my house. For sleeping. For eating. For browsing the internet. For watching tv. For living.
You aren’t, by chance, fat are you? After losing twenty pounds I really started to enjoy tucking. Now I start off every day with a nice tuck.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
Most recreational players will look absolutely ridiculous, if they had their shirts/polos tucked in.

As for the pros, they wear them as the fashion of the day dictates.

:cool:
 
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