Review of the Nike Victory Tennis Skirt

I grew up playing tennis and while I’m certainly not a pro on the court, I’ve mastered a few basics – my backhand is pretty decent and my overhead smash is surprisingly impressive considering I can’t serve for save my life. The other thing I perfected is my tennis kit. After years of wearing haphazard fitness outfits, I recently started playing at a club that requires tennis whites. I went out and bought a real tennis skirt two years ago and haven’t looked back since. There’s nothing I’d rather play in – I find I can move faster and stay cooler in a skirt than in inflexible shorts.

My first choice is Victory NikeCourt Dri-FIT skirt. I actually got it on sale at a tennis store and the only size left was an extra small. It’s tight, I admit (and if you have a choice, you should definitely order your true size). But the fabric is light and stretchy and I consider the comfort of the shorts a bit of extra compression. The waistband sits low on my hips, which I prefer, and the pleats make it easy to slip and split while adding a bit of flair to my stride.

The main downside is that I wish there were pockets, but you can just tuck balls into the hem of the undershorts (another reason to enjoy a snug fit). It’s also quite cropped, so you need to be comfortable with that look – if not, here are some other options to consider – but the pleating makes the whole look incredibly flattering. And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like to show off their legs.

Although summer is the peak time to play outdoors, this Nike skirt is also great with a warm up jacket in the winter when I play indoors. Here’s what else I would recommend to complete your all-season tennis kit.

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Lululemon: Sporty Polo

Unlike a traditional starched polo shirt, this one is soft, fluid and wicks away sweat. Colors: Black, white, true navy blue. Sizes: 0-20. Material: Quick-drying synthetic fabric.


Athleta: sleeveless collared shirt

It’s a UPF 50+ sleeveless option that’s knitted with antimicrobial silver in the fabric to eliminate odors as a bonus. Color: White. Sizes: XXS-XXL. Material: Recycled nylon.


APC x Lacoste: classic striped polo shirt

Easily the chicest tennis polo shirt of the season, this design is part of a collaboration between famous French brands Lacoste and APC, and is ideal to wear on and off the court. Colors: Blue pink. Sizes: XS-XL. Material: Cotton.


Sweaty Betty: refreshing tennis dress

This dress is made from sweat-wicking material with a racerback to keep you comfortable as you slice and slam balls. Color: White. Sizes: XS-XL. Materials: Polyamide, elastane.


Outdoor Voices: Colorful Tennis Dress

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This funky dress features two of the brand’s workout pieces – the Double Time Bra at the top and the Court Skort at the bottom – with cutout detailing. Colors: White, Seafoam, Clementine. Sizes: XS-XL. Materials: Polyester, spandex.


Wilson: retro-modern tennis jacket

Old school tennis brand Wilson’s revamped track jacket features modern touches, like a two-way zip and draped sleeves. Colors: Bright white, classic navy. Sizes: XS-XL. Material: Knitted synthetic fabric.


EleVen By Venus Williams: Modern Warm Up Jacket

This is a fitted, cropped long sleeve jacket designed by tennis champion Venus Williams for a perfect fit. Colors: Cream, Navy Blue. Sizes: XS-XXL. Materials: Polyester, spandex.


Tory Burch: chic tote for your racquet and clothes

This bag comes with a removable pocket that can hold two standard size tennis racquets and has an adjustable and removable strap as well as an inside pocket to store your keys and phone. Colors: Ivory Pearl, Tory Navy. Sizes: Unique size. Materials: Coated canvas, imitation leather, nylon.

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