Dream Team: When Tennis Met Fashion

February 20, 2015 5:29 PM

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Dream Team: When Tennis Met Fashion

FROM CROCODILE-EMBLAZONED polo shirts to classic Stan Smith sneakers, tennis gear has always blurred lines with fashion. “The Stylish Life: Tennis,” the first book in a new sports series from teNeues ($55, out March 20), celebrates this relationship. “Tennis grew as a sport from the Victorian time, played by the aristocracy,” said author Ben Rothenberg. “Looking good was just as important as playing the game.”

Packed with contemporary and vintage photographs of players and celebrity spectators, the book explores the sport’s contribution to and collaboration with the fashion industry. The introduction of short-sleeved, piqué cotton shirts by tennis champions René Lacoste and Fred Perry, for instance, was i...

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