The Best Grooming Moves In The History Of Tennis

By JESSICA CAMPBELL
15 January 2019
Australian Open, Grooming, Tennis
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From 1970s legend Bjorn Borg to "the next big thing" Alexander Zverev...

They may be out on the court, sweating it out in matches that can run the duration of a marathon, but these men’s tennis stars still manage to perfect the art of grooming.

How? We don’t know.

While the rest of us seem to emerge from a 30-minute lunch session at the gym looking like we’ve just crawled to hell and back, these sporting greats nail it every time – as though their physical endeavours only enhance their steeze.

Tennis straddles the lines of style and athleticism. With its distinct codes and sensibilities, players, audience members, even officials show up looking sharp, and that doesn’t just encapsulate what they’re wearing.

Instead, they come to a tournament with a tour outfit and a tour hairstyle. With the Australian Open underway, we’ve compiled our favourite grooming looks in the sport’s history.

Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic
The former world number one always looks impeccably well groomed. With a short cut, he demonstrates with perfect conviction how to grow out a buzzcut. Add to that some stubble and you’re onto a winning image.

Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon
Simon has it all when it comes to the grooming toolkit. His facial hair is always well-kept but never overtly so, in that Bradley Cooper-esque way of looking perfectly undone - he nails it. His intentionally messy mane is the perfect accompaniament and whilst he may not have won a major Grand Slam, he's definitely a winner in the grooming department.

Roger Federer

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Roger Federer
Federer is the embodiment of tennis god hair. Even in the most arduous matches, his hair remains perfectly windswept - although, this is perhaps aided by the fact that he seems to hardly break a sweat. His mid-length locks are covetable and paired with a simple bandana headband, it's become something of an iconic look.


Alexander Zverev

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Alexander Zverev
He's been touted as "the next big thing" in tennis, but Zverev also boasts some exceptional styling chops. It's perfectly undone and messy, but still a mane that the rest of us can only envy.


Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
Who says a tennis player has to have short hair? Brown proves that you can have dreadlocks and still be a success. The German's all-action style on the court is only surpassed by his magnificent dreads, which haven't been cut since 1996. That's a considerable weight on your shoulders but if anything, it suits Brown's character and he wears it well.


Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg
Sure, Federer is great. But they really don't make tennis players like this anymore. Look at that hair! Look at the glorious shine! The beautiful waves! Throughout his astonishing career, Borg attracted attention for his on- and off-court style, and it's easy to see why. His statement hairstyle was a sweatband that secured long hair. There have been a number of tennis players that attempted to recreate the look. None have managed to work it quite like Borg, sadly. 


Via GQ Australia