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Welcome to the worlds greatest guide to Men's Tennis Shirts. Are you actually looking for a shirt to wear while playing tennis? Well, we hope you are because the reality is that you have found our tennis shirt page for men.

A tennis shirt which is also known as a polo shirt or golf shirt, is a form of shirt with a collar, a placket with typically two or three buttons, and an optional pocket.

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, tennis players ordinarily wore "tennis whites" consisting of long-sleeved white button-up shirts (worn with the sleeves rolled up), flannel trousers, and ties. This attire presented problems for ease of play and comfort.  René Lacoste, the French seven-time Grand Slam tennis champion, felt that the stiff tennis attire was too cumbersome and uncomfortable.  He designed a white, short-sleeved, loosely-knit piqué cotton (he called the cotton weave jersey petit piqué) shirt with an unstarched, flat, protruding collar, a buttoned placket, and a shirt-tail longer in back than in front (known today as a "tennis tail".  He first wore this top at the 1926 U.S. Open championship.  Beginning in 1927, Lacoste placed a crocodile emblem on the left breast of his shirts, as the American press had begun to refer to him as "The Crocodile".

Lacoste's design mitigated the problems that traditional tennis attire created:

  • the short, cuffed sleeves solved the tendency of long sleeves to roll down
  • the soft collar could be loosened easily by unbuttoning
  • the placket the piqué collar could be worn upturned to protect the neck from the sun
  • the jersey knit piqué cotton breathed and was more durable.
  • the "tennis tail" prevented the shirt from pulling out of the wearer's trousers or shorts

Although the tennis polo was originally designed for players of the game of tennis the garment has transcended for many other uses including business casual attire.  

Dress codes are written and, more often, unwritten rules with regard to clothing. Clothing like other aspects of human physical appearance has a social significance, with different rules and expectations being valid depending on circumstance and occasion.  Consult the club wear to play to play tennis to find out if they have specific dress codes.

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