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Jun 01, 2015
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A round-up of our favourite tattoos on the court

The on-court appearance of players in tennis has always made headlines during Grand Slam coverage – women’s fashion magazines covering what rising stars are wearing, men’s quarterlies admiring the pros’ choices in watches – but back in 2012 heads began to turn due the influx of ink on the court.  Wimbledon headlines read, “Player tattoos ‘shock’ Wimbledon spectators,” with commentary from officials saying, “There are no rules regarding tattoos for players. There might be if they had a huge advertising slogan tattooed across a part of their anatomy… but otherwise not.” Those initial “shock”, headlines soon shifted to celebrate on-court ink. At times it was a case of national pride, like when Eugenie Bouchard showed up at the Montreal Fed Cup sporting a Canadian flag (temporary) face tattoo on opening day. Others, like Stan Wawrinka used his tattoo to describe his resilience. Wawrinka lost 14 games straight to Novak Djokovic but finally took home the Men’s Singles Quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2014. Sports columnists turned to his forearm tattoo that reads, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” as a talking point. So, now that the question of “to ink or not to ink” has been settled on the tennis circuit, are you wondering what cool, pro player body art has been making headlines over the last couple of years for being just that: cool. Here’s a round up of a few of our faves:

Player: Borna Coric

The Ink: Currently the youngest player on the ATP top 100 ranking list, Coric sports “There’s nothing worse in life than being ordinary” on his right arm.


A photo posted by Borna Coric (@bornacoric) on

Player: Serena Williams

The Ink: For a player that rarely sees a scoreboard that reads love, Williams has a barely-there stencil of a heart on the back of her neck.


Player: Bethanie Mattek-Sands

The Ink: Adding a little colour to the court, Mattek-Sands has an upper arm floral sleeve coupled with bees on her wrist because her friends call her “Bee!”


Player: Gaël Monfils

The Ink: We don’t have a final count on the number of tats Monfils has, as his colourful attire generally keeps them covered, but we think his coolest, and professionally appropriate visible tattoo is an “Ace” playing card on his right forearm.

Player: Svetlana Kuznetsova

The Ink: Ink you don’t want to mess with, Kuznetsova has tattoos on both arms: one, in Russian, dedicated to those who criticized her during her career that reads “Only God is our judge”, the other reading, “The pain does not kill me, I kill the pain.”

🙌🙌🙌 #sk27 #RolandGarros #RG15 #qiaodan ☀️

A photo posted by svetlanak27 (@svetlanak27) on

Player: Janko Tipsarević

The Ink: Since his first trip to the tattoo parlour at 17, Tipsarević’s body reads like an international dictionary with quotes and symbols in various mother tongues.

It’s been a long time… A photo posted by Janko Tipsarevic (@tipsarevicjanko) on

Player: Daniel Evans

The Ink: A fan of tennis and classic lit, Evans left forearm reads, ”Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future,” quoting Oscar Wilde. His right forearm has an illustration of Jesus.

Player: Lukáš Rosol

The Ink: Inspired by the Maori haka, a ritual war dance made popular by the New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks rugby team, Rosol’s calf is nothing short of intimidating.

Want to catch some of these cool tats court-side this summer? Be sure to grab your tickets early for this year’s Roger’s Cup in Toronto and Montreal.

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