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Zendaya's wardrobe for the Challengers press tour is nothing short of a grand slam, serving up an ace with fashion ensembles that channel the classic vibe of Wimbledon and the historic racquet sport. 

The Euphoria star’s looks resonate with the spirit of iconic tournaments through a masterful play of tennis greens, the chartreuse yellow evocative of tennis balls, and crisp Wimbledon whites.Her carefully curated wardrobe, courtesy of stylist Law Roach, not only accentuates her role in her tennis-themed film but also demonstrate the timeless appeal of the preppy aesthetic.

As summer approaches, signalling a return to tennis season, the release of Zendaya's new film is poised to significantly influence fashion trends. The effect is expected to do for tennis what Margot Robbie did for Barbiecore. Her titular role in the live-action Barbie film caused a global surge in the demand for pink outfits and it was reported that Google searches for 'Barbiecore' increased in interest by 335% worldwide. In an interview with the BBC Zendaya revealed that, she appreciates the richness of the films she works on and sees value in drawing from them, "We get so lucky to be a part of films with such rich references anyway, so might as well just like pull from that." Her approach is also known as 'Method Dressing' which several celebrities have employed over the years.

She also explained that the film's collaboration with Jonathan Anderson has been particularly influential on her press tour wardrobe. The creative director of Loewe, designed the costumes for Challengers and is renowned for his avant-garde approach. “We were so lucky to work with Jonathan Anderson on this film,” she said, "He is, our costume designer which is brilliant and so there's already so much [inspiration] there... so might as well have fun and, and enjoy it."

The anticipation surrounding Challengers has sparked a notable surge in interest for tennis-inspired outfits, evidenced by a 75% increase in searches for 'tennis outfit' over the past three months on Pinterest. Specific items such as 'black tennis skirt outfits' have seen a twofold increase in searches, while 'tennis skirt outfits' and 'V neck sweaters' have also enjoyed significant upticks in popularity, by 50% and 90% respectively.

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Mike Faist, Zendaya and Josh O'Connor attend the Australian premiere of "Challengers" at the State Theatre on March 26, 2024 in Sydney, Australia© Brendon Thorne
Mike Faist, Zendaya and Josh O'Connor at the Australian premiere of Challengers in Sydney

This burgeoning trend extends beyond just tennis, as evidenced by Pinterest's annual trends report. Searches for badminton-related fashion have climbed by 2.5 times over the last three months, aligning with their 'Make a Racket' trend prediction that encompasses both tennis and badminton influences in fashion. Jenna Waller, Head of Fashion at Pinterest UK, notes that racket sports are gaining traction both on the court and on the silver screen saying “From tennis skirts and sweater vests to trainers and polo tops, the classic looks offer a preppy uniform for all occasions.”

Adding another layer to the tennis-fashion crossover, tennis legend Serena Williams has recently launched Wyn Beauty, a tennis-inspired beauty range designed with the active individual in mind. Branded as "Makeup you can move in," Wyn Beauty caters to those seeking beauty products that complement an active lifestyle. Neatly wrapped in optic-yellow ‘chartreuse’ tennis ball coloured packaging.

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So far each appearance by Zendaya has been a showcase of fashion that not only pays tribute to the world of tennis but also pushes the boundaries of traditional style. Zendaya's Challengers wardrobe reflects her ability to create winning looks that are both thematic and chic.

Let's walk through Zendaya’s curated tennis inspired wardrobe that's as striking as an overhead smash on court:

Zendaya is seen on April 24, 2024 in New York City wearing an all-white look and matching trainers© Getty

Comfortable Classic

Swapping out her sky-high heels for a crisp white tennis trainer, the actress made a statement in an all-white ensemble consisting of flowy trousers with thigh-high slits and a fitted collared vest.

Law Roach and Zendaya are seen in Midtown on April 24, 2024 in New York City. Zendaya wears a white hooded dress© Getty

Sleek and Simple With a Twist

The bombshell donned a slinky all-white Alaïa hooded midi dress while out and about on official Challengers business in New York. Of course, she added her favourite Bulgari jewels to tie the whole look together.

Pretty in Pink© Eric Charbonneau

Pretty in Pink

For her most recent press tour look Queen Z called upon friend and designer Jacquemus to create a custom-made all-pink ensemble. The look consisted of a wide midi length skirt and matching cropped polo t-shirt, both featured a drawstring accent with silver metal aglets, nodding to the sportswear aesthetic. She paired her blush pink two-piece with pointed-toed heels and a bow-adorned headband in the same hue, leaning into the ballet core aesthetic everyone in the fashion realm is so obsessed with right now.

Zendaya wearing a white sleeveless vest tucked into a white box pleat skirt© Getty

Supermodel Grand Slam

For the Milanese leg of her press tour, Zendaya stunned in an LWD (little white dress) from Ralph Lauren's SS92 collection paired with dazzling Bulgari jewellery. The dress which features a preppy collar and structured A-line skirt was originally worn on the runway by supermodel Cindy Crawford in 1991. An iconic crossover if we ever saw one.

Zendaya during the 'Challengers' photocall at Claridges Hotel on April 11, 2024© Getty

Tennis Stripes

In true British fashion (literally), Zendaya stepped out at the Challengers photocall at London's iconic Claridges Hotel wearing a red, white and blue striped waistcoat and feathered mini skirt two-piece from Vivienne Westwood's SS94 collection. Swapping out her braid for bangs, she paired her vintage 'fit with a high ponytail and a heavy fringe.

Zendaya attends the UK Premiere of "Challengers" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square © Dave Benett

Centre Court

Zendaya dazzled at the London premiere of Challengers which was held at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square. The white, tennis-inspired custom Thom Browne gown boasted racquet motifs, a high neck and a backless cut. The skirt split into pleated mesh panels, resembling a haute-couture tennis dress. Say it with me... I-C-O-N-I-C.

For accessories, the Bulgari brand ambassador chose a high-jewellery bracelet paired with diamond earrings and a ring for the occasion.

Match Point Whites© Daniele Venturelli

Match Point Whites

In a look that could define match point, the Euphoria star wore  custom Calvin Klein. Her structured single-breasted white blazer was crafted from soft white leather and paired with a flowing skirt featuring a thigh-high slit, diagonal seaming and a small angular train. White pumps completed the outfit, keeping it anchored in the Wimbledon colour tradition, but with a daring cut that speaks to her signature bold style. The premiere which was hosted at Cinema Barberini on April 8 in Rome, was given extra sparkle with Zendaya's Bulgari High Jewellery Serpenti necklace paired with High Jewellery earrings and multiple Serpenti viper rings.

US actress Zendaya poses during a photocall for the release of the movie 'Challengers' directed by Luca Guadagnino on April 8, 2024 in Rome.© Getty

Silver Service

In another nod to the tennis aesthetic, Zendaya turned heads in a custom Loewe mini in Rome. Shimmering with all-over sparkles, featuring a deep plunging neckline and a playful pleated skirt the outfit hinted at a traditional tennis dress. The standout feature was the unique heels, custom designed by Loewe, with realistic optic-yellow tennis balls on the stems. The score is "One-Love" for her fashion-forward ensemble.

Zendaya redefined the meaning of 'tennis whites' on the premiere of her tennis-themed movie 'Challengers'© Getty

Wimbledon Whites

For the photocall at UGC Normandie on April 6, Zendaya elegantly embodied the Wimbledon whites tradition. She donned a custom Louis Vuitton ensemble, featuring a white leather bustier gown that cascaded into a multilayered mousseline skirt, complemented by a matching white leather belt. The structured bodice and flowing skirt, with its gentle pleats forming a train, mirrored the graceful arc of a tennis lob. To complete her look, Zendaya adorned herself with Bulgari High Jewellery, including a striking necklace, rings, and earrings.

Actress Zendaya Coleman attends the "Challengers" Paris Photocall at Hotel de Crillon in a matching green blouse and trouser combo© Getty


During the Paris press conference at Hotel Crillon Zendaya emulated the vibrant colour of a tennis ball with a Marc Jacobs designed number. She donned a slick, satin suit that made a bold statement. The outfit which hails from Louis Vuitton’s 1999 archives, flaunted a relaxed fit with an open front jacket that teased a casual, yet polished look. Her choice of accessories – a petite gold bag and high-heeled silver sandals – added a touch of glamour to the sporty colour palette.

Zendaya attends the "Challengers" Paris Photocall at Maison De L'Amerique Latine in a chequered green and white mini dress © Getty

Tennis Greens

During the Paris leg of her press tour, Zendaya presented a day look that beautifully married the tennis aesthetic with contemporary elegance. She donned a green checkerboard coat from Louis Vuitton’s SS13 collection designed by Marc Jacobs. The ensemble featured a sharp collar, large buttons down the front, and a hem that grazed the mid-thigh. The pattern itself mirrored a tennis court's chequered lines, and the green embodied the lush hue of Wimbledon's perfectly manicured grass. To accessorise her look, Zendaya opted for Bulgari jewellery, selecting a Bulgari Cabochon ring paired with a B.zero1 ring and earrings, adding a luxurious touch to the sporty ensemble. A white headband completed the outfit, enhancing the tennis-inspired theme with retro flair.

Zendaya attends the Australian premiere of "Challengers" at the State Theatre on March 26, 2024 in Sydney, Australia© James Gourley,Getty

Evening Match

Zendaya showcased her flawless style in a Loewe sequined green gown, accented to mirror the silhouette of a tennis player. The gown's high slit, plunging neckline, and sequin shimmer perfectly captured the dynamic energy of a grand slam event. Elevating her ensemble, Zendaya adorned herself with Bulgari High Jewellery earrings and a Serpenti ring.

What is Zendaya’s movie Challengers about?

Tashi, once a professional tennis player and now a skilled coach, has remarkably guided her husband from being an average player to a celebrated grand slam winner. In an attempt to snap him out of a slump, she encourages him to compete in a challenger event — a step nearly at the bottom of professional tennis competitions. The situation heats up when he faces off against Patrick, a one-time rising star who has since faded, who is also his old best friend and Tashi's ex. The story is set to captivate viewers when it is released on April 26, 2024 in the UK.