Look sharp on court with Nike tennis shorts

The old baggy white flannels simply don't cut it any more. If you want to be taken seriously on the court, even if it's just for a spot of pre-barbecue mixed doubles, get yourself some serious Nike tennis shorts.

Nobody is suggesting they will help you play like the Nike-wearing tennis genius Rafael Nadal, but at least you'll feel cool, even when you are smashing a wayward backhand into the park's duck pond.

Try the Nike Men's Challenger woven tennis shorts. They have a well-ventilated ultra-lightweight design made from Dri-FIT fabric which wicks sweat away. Players who like to dive in ungainly ways to reach those tempting volleys will nod approvingly when they spot that the shorts feature a mesh gusset. They are available at Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) at £24.99.

For retro enthusiasts, the Nike NET Plaid woven tennis shorts offer a great compromise between cool and old-school. That baggy checkered look might seem the sort of thing that aristocrats would wear while calling "anyone for tennis" through the drawing-room window in 1926, but there is that swoosh logo at the bottom. Get them from the Nike store (www.nike.com) for £26.

Women can look chic in Nike too with the Nike Tennis Short range. They have that useful Dri-Fit fabric, an elasticated waist band for a personalised fit, and the embroidered swoosh for label-conscious cool. They are made from 88% Polyester and 12% Elastane. These tennis shorts are available at a bargain price of £14.99 from Le Sports (www.lesports.co.uk).


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