With summer officially under way – in the Northern Hemisphere, at least – and most major North American sports in a lull, that can mean only one thing: tennis. That’s right, we’re already halfway through Grand Slam season, with Wimbledon currently underway and the US Open a little under two months away. There’s no better time to round-up the five best shorts options to update your tennis whites.
1. H&M Sports Shorts
They’re not white, and they’re not built specifically for tennis, but H&M’s Sports Shorts are made from a breathable fabric, have zippered pockets and are unlined. Plus they come in a variety of dark colors–in case you want to perturb the purists.
2. Uniqlo Sport NK Dry Shorts 17WB
In recent years, Uniqlo has made a push into real athletic wear, and the NK Dry Shorts are the best of what the brand has to offer. Uniqlo’s DRY-EX material dries quickly and won’t cling to your body, giving you a wide range of motion. Whether you can return a 100+ mph serve is still up to you.
3. Lacoste Diamond Weave Taffeta Tennis Shorts
Lacoste was co-founded in 1933 by French tennis player René Lacoste, so they know a thing or two about the game. Made from a diamond weave taffeta fabric, these white shorts will feel crisp and smooth no matter how hard you rally.
4. Nike Court Flex RF
These are what Roger Federer wears when he’s playing a bit of tennis. He’s won 18 Grand Slam titles. Yes, they flex, stretch and do everything you need a pair of tennis shorts to do, but they also have specialized ball pockets so as not to hinder your game when you’re packing. Also, Roger Federer wears them.
5. Under Armour UA Tournament
Unlike most tennis shorts, Under Armour went with a looser cut on the UA Tournament shorts–without sacrificing any technical innovations. They’re lightweight, flexible and feature UA’s Storm coating to repel water. They also come in black and navy.