Designers have made their fair share of recommendations for sporting a ponytailin the past few seasons, but with the U.S. Open kicking off, we can’t help but think that tennis’s top players may be our best resource. And why shouldn’t they be? These women wear their ponytails professionally, recognizing them as a neat utilitarian solution for on-the-court style.
The middle of a heated rally is no place for a hair malfunction, which is why the greatest stars of the sport have developed their own signature styles as they dash across the court. Allowing for vision to remain unrestricted, a well-placed ponytail can accommodate visors, braids, and even the sweat of an especially muggy day.
Players are as recognizable for their texture, braids, and ponytail height as they are for their topspin and serve. From Chris Evert’s low, ribbon-tied look to Mónica Puig’s braided variation, here is a tribute to the best tennis ponytails over the years.