Why don’t top tennis players wear sunglasses?

For some sports like fishing, shooting, cycling and skiing, sports sunglasses have always been worn and in other sports like cricket, golf, athletics and running more and more professional and recreational / amateur sports enthusiasts are now wearing them. But why don’t top tennis players wear sunglasses?

We think the answer is probably because many tennis stadiums are relatively small, enclosed and with restricted air movement meaning the atmosphere can typically be humid. That means close fitting sunglasses will frequently mist up. But for recreational / club tennis players sunglasses can be a real advantage and of course they will protect the eyes from harmful UVR. Low sun (especially at this time of year) can be a major nuisance interfering with vision – caps will help but sunglasses even more so. And on hard courts sunlight reflecting off the surface can cause glare – polarised lenses will eliminate that glare.

Brown lenses are especially good because not only will they cope with strong sunlight but they add contrast – everything will appear a little sharper helping with definition. Blue lenses are also ideal as they “highlight” a yellow ball – it will be easier to see. Not many manufacturers sell blue lenses but we have one blue lens model available (in our Tennis section).