What To Wear To Watch Tennis: Your Australian Open Outfit

It’s that time of the year again, and the southern hemisphere’s largest annual tennis tournament is here!

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year and dubbed the ‘Happy Slam’, runs in Januray each year, with seven rounds of men’s and women’s singles matches to keep you entertained. This prestigious global event welcomes the best tennis talents from around the world to compete for the championship at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park, Australia.

If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, it’s time to get planning for that perfect Australian Open outfit. But what should you actually wear to watch tennis? We’re here to help!

Is there a dress code for attending The Australian Open? 
Unlike certain other tennis tournaments, there isn’t an Australian Open dress code per se, but there are certain items that you can’t wear: thongs, singlets, ripped jeans/clothes or sports shorts are not allowed. Beyond this, it’s dress to impress, so now’s your chance to get creative!

With the tournament happening during the summer months, the key thing when choosing what to wear to the tennis is to be prepared for the heat, or whatever the notoriously changeable Melbourne weather may throw at you. Packing a jumper in January may feel odd, but you might just need it!


Men’s Australian Open Styles

The Academy Brand men’s collection offers a selection of everyday classics that you can easily dress up and down - ideal for a casual getaway or attending the prestigious Australian Open. Here are our top picks to make you a winner off the court.

Relaxed and Easygoing
Go for the easygoing look this summer with the Burton Shirt and Volley Shorts

The Burton Shirt is made from premium Tencel with a sustainable twist, while the Volley Short is made from breathable cotton with an elastic waistband for maximum comfort. Perfect for a long day out. For maximum style points, wear the shirt sleeves with rolled-up to give it a more relaxed look when paired with the Volley Shorts. 

Choose from five fresh seasonal colours for both shorts and shirt, and finish the look with an Academy Brand cap and sneakers.


Versatile and Stylish

Stay comfortable and polished even during the summer heat with the Bedford Short Sleeve Shirt and Field Linen Short combo.

The top is the perfect shirt for warm January days with its retro-inspired cheesecloth fabric and on-trend colours. When you pair it with the Field Linen Short with its tailored short silhouette and unique vintage wash, you’ll achieve an effortless, laid-back look.

We love the Bedford Shirt both tucked and untucked, depending on how relaxed you want to go. Complete your casual or refined look with sunglasses and boat shoes.

Plains and Prints
Add a touch of yarn dye stripes to your look with the Farrelly Shirt paired with a lightly-hued Cooper Chino Short

Made from linen, the shirt is lightweight and will keep you cool while watching your favourite tennis star rally. As for the Cooper Chino Short, they come in nine colours, giving you heaps of options to find your perfect shade whether you want to be understated or make your shorts the focal point of the ensemble. 

Add the final touch to your look with sandals or sneakers and a vintage backpack to carry the essentials.


Women’s Australian Open Styles 

Our range of women’s clothing offers comfort and versatility, allowing you to freely mix and match clothes and wear something that clearly shows off your personality. From dresses and shirts to shorts, make a statement during your visit to the Australian Open.

One Piece and Classic
Want to feel relaxed and comfortable under the sun while still looking effortlessly chic and stylish? Go for the Hampton Long Sleeve Shirt Dress or Tayla Poplin Shirt Dress for a one-piece ensemble.

The Hampton Long Sleeve Shirt Dress is an oversized linen shirt dress in three fashionable colours that will keep you cool during the game. As for the Tayla Poplin Shirt Dress, get a classic look with its sophisticated stripes, point collar and breezy cotton poplin fabric.

Take your Australian Open outfit to the next level by pairing it with chic accessories - we suggest a slouchy bag and wide-brimmed sun hat.

Breezy and Casual
The Hampton Linen Shirt and Riviera Linen Short tandem will be your new favourite summer staple.

Both made from linen, these clothes are lightweight, durable and versatile enough to pair with pretty much anything in your wardrobe or from the Academy Brand collection.

Finish off the casual look with a pair of sneakers or slip-ons so you can explore the whole of Melbourne Park in style and comfort. 

For an extra option, slip a t-shirt under your shirt and choose when to keep the sun off with your shirt on, or when to catch some summer rays.

Oversized and Chic
The Vacation Short Sleeve Linen Shirt and Sunset Short are one of our top picks.

Comfortable yet chic, make a statement while walking the stairs to find your seat with the all-rounder outfit you can always rely on. The Vacation Shirt has an oversized fit that you can easily let loose or tuck in for a more refined look. Meanwhile, the Sunset Shorts are the perfect mom fit, giving you a high waist and extra stretch for a casual, classic look.



Ready to go? Shop our summer arrivals online for men and women and ace your Australian Open outfit!