Everything about tennis celebrates the summer. Wimbledon wouldn’t be so picturesque if the crowd were eating strawberries and cream from a soggy container with gloved hands, wrapped up in scarves and hats, would it? Given that the sport is meant to be played in the bright sunlight, it’s no surprise that players' attire is made for the heat, too. Not only are tennis pieces perfect for the summer thanks to breathability, but the sport also has a long relationship with the world of fashion, so you can be sure that a tennis polo will provide form and function.

Since the 1920s when Jean Patou radically changed tennis style by introducing tennis skirts for women to Lacoste’s timeless prep and even Virgil Abloh outfitting Serena Williams in 2018, tennis is sport’s most underrated fashion arena. That’s why the classic tennis polo crosses so effortlessly into everyday summer style. We’ve rounded up the best tennis polo shirts — from classic pieces by Lacoste to modern iterations by Aimé Leon Dore and beyond — to give you a comprehensive guide to the best polos around.

Browse the summer's best tennis polo shirts.

Uniqlo x Theory Airism Pique Slim-Fit Polo Shirt

Airism Pique Slim-Fit Polo Shirt

Airism Pique Slim-Fit Polo Shirt

$30

UNIQLO x Theory

Buy at uniqlo

Part of Uniqlo's recent collaboration with New York-based label Theory, this stripped-back polo shirt makes use of Uniqlo AIRism tech which ensures lightweight breathability that’s ideal for the warmer climes.

ellesse Vanni Polo Shirt

Vanni Polo Shirt

Vanni Polo Shirt

from $88

ellesse

(Available at 5 Merchants)
(Available at 5 Merchants)

While many of the polo shirts in this roundup take a fashion-centric angle, but ellesse keeps things classic with this retro tennis design featuring five bold stripes across the chest.

Jacquemus Le Polo Soleil Gradient Polo Shirt

Le Polo Soleil Gradient Polo Shirt

Le Polo Soleil Gradient Polo Shirt

from $134

Jacquemus

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Jacquemus once again transports us to the South of France with this gradient polo shirt. Lilac fading to off-white takes the space of any branding or detailing and we love it.

Lacoste Embroidered Logo Polo Shirt

Embroidered Logo Polo Shirt

Embroidered Logo Polo Shirt

$82

Lacoste

Buy at Farfetch

If you're going for a tennis polo shirt there's only one essential starting point — Lacoste. The iconic croc graces the chest of this all-white number. It doesn't get much cleaner than this.

Polo Ralph Lauren Bear-Appliqué Striped Polo Shirt

Bear-Appliqué Striped Polo Shirt

Bear-Appliqué Striped Polo Shirt

$137

Polo Ralph Lauren

Buy at Farfetch

Crank up the prep levels to 10 with this striped polo shirt from Ralph Lauren complete with the world's most stylish bear to the chest.

A-COLD-WALL* Rhombus Badge Cotton Polo

Rhombus Badge Cotton Polo

Rhombus Badge Cotton Polo

$165

A-COLD-WALL*

Buy at Luisaviaroma

Minimal with an industrial, utilitarian edge, this polo shirt from Samuel Ross' A-COLD-WALL* is a distillation of what the label stands for.

Burberry Tb Logo & Icon Stripe Cotton Piqué Polo

Tb Logo & Icon Stripe Cotton Piqué Polo

Tb Logo & Icon Stripe Cotton Piqué Polo

$370

Burberry

Buy at Luisaviaroma

This white Burberry polo forgoes the label's famous check patterns for a simple white construction that features a multi-colored Icon Stripe motif to the button placket as well as the Peter Saville-designed TB logo to the chest.

Aimé Leon Dore Striped Pique Polo

Striped Pique Polo

Striped Pique Polo

$105

Aimé Leon Dore

Buy at END.

Of course we can't do a roundup of a prep essential like the tennis polo shirt without inviting Aimé Leon Dore to the party. This striped piece is loud but completely classic.

Gucci Embroidered Stretch Cotton Piqué Polo

Embroidered Stretch Cotton Piqué Polo

Embroidered Stretch Cotton Piqué Polo

$710

Gucci

Buy at Luisaviaroma

Unusually understated for Alessandro Michele's Gucci, this polo shirt does still fulfill the retro criteria of the Italian fashion house with an off-white and red color palette.

SOPHNET. Bandana Side Panelled Polo

Bandana Side Panelled Polo

Bandana Side Panelled Polo

$209

SOPHNET.

Buy at END.

SOPHNET. updates the classic polo shirt with bandana inserts to each side panel. An embroidered scorpion logo offers the finishing touch.

Human Made Polo

Polo

Polo

$125

Human Made

Buy at END.

When your light blue pastel is so on point, you don't need to add anything more than a simple embroidered logo to the chest. That's all.

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