tennis season is in full swing. And while pros don’t typically wear sunglasses during Grand Slams, many do wear them to practice, and it’s very common for recreational or even collegiate athletes to wear sunglasses on court. Sunglasses can not only protect your eyes from harsh influences UV raysmany are also made with special technologies, like polarized lenses for optimal color contrast, that will help you take your game to the next level.
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The best sunglasses for tennis at a glance
- Best for Full Coverage: Smith Boomtown Active Sunglasses$180
- Best budget friendly: Goodr Au Revoir, Gopher sunglasses$25
- Most easily: Maui Jim Hikina polarized rimless sunglasses$198
- boldest: Oakley Sutro Lite Sweep$184
- Best Low Profile: Bollé Bolt 2.0$140
- Best for stability: Glade Townie sunglasses$99
- Best for color contrast: Spy+ Helm Tech sunglasses$150
- Most stylish: Alo Speed sunglasses$150
- Best for everyday: Nike Cool Down Course Women’s Tinted Sunglasses$159
- Most Durable: Nathan Summit Polarized Running Sunglasses$50
- Optimal for ventilation: Frameless sunglasses made from 100% Hypercraft Sport Performance$155
- Most eco-friendly: ALMA Plant-Based Small Wrap Polarized Sunglasses$159
What should you look for in sunglasses for tennis?
When you’re looking for tennis court sunglasses, you need a pair that can keep up with your speed and quick changes of direction, that won’t bounce, fog up or slide around during a long, sweaty game, and most importantly, shades that give you the sharpest and enable the clearest view of the ball, the playing field and the lines. “I like to look for sunglasses that are breathable, stable, and have a lens color that’s comfortable for my eyes on the court,” Anthony Evrard, Founder and CEO of court 16 Tennis Club in New York, NY. “It’s all about personalized comfort, so it’s a good idea to try on a few different styles before buying a pair if you’re able to.”
Need ideas on where to start? Below are some of the best sunglasses for tennis that we have tested and have expert recommendations. Give one or more couples a try today!
Best for full coverage
Smith Boomtown Active Sunglasses – $180.00
If you hate the thought of the sun creeping through the sides of your sunglasses, consider this pair. The lens height is 135mm wide and 51mm high, so nothing beats this smudge and moisture resistant shield. Besides, full coverage is also fashionable. Thanks to the non-slip grips on the nose and temples, they stay in place even when sprinting, jumping and sliding around the court.
Advantages: Full coverage, wrap around style
Disadvantages: Not ideal for narrow faces
Best for the price
Goodr Au Revoir, Gopher sunglasses – $25.00
The company’s “Flamingo Eye” technology lenses are designed specifically for golf, but offer the same polarized HD contrast needed to bring out the color of the tennis ball on the court. The grip coating keeps the goggles in place too, and did we mention the incredible price?!
“I use these all the time,” he says Christo SchulzHead Coach of Men’s Tennis Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. “They do the trick, especially on hot days when you break a sweat easily – they stay on. Not to mention they’re super cheap so I don’t feel like a total idiot if I inevitably lose two pairs every summer.”
Advantages: Great price, lots of colors
Disadvantages: Can scratch easily
Best for a light feel
Maui Jim Hikina Polarized Rimless Sunglasses – $198.00
You will hardly notice these on your face as they are the thinnest and lightest lenses from this brand. “They’re the lightest, that would be my choice,” says Schultz. The rimless PolarizedPlus2 lens also eliminates glare from the sun while providing the color contrast you need on the court. The nose grips also allow airflow to keep them from sweating and slipping.
Best for a bold statement
Oakley Sutro Lite Sweep – $184.00
These frames pay homage to the brand’s throwback style with an expanded field of view for optimal coverage. “Oakley has been the gold standard in sports eyewear for a long time,” says Evrard. The sporty, lightweight design features vents built into the lenses to allow airflow to keep you cool and comfortable. And Prizm lens technology enhances both color and contrast on the court so you can see all the detail you need.
Advantages: Fashionable full coverage
Best Low Profile
Bolle Bolt 2.0 – $140.00
An upgrade of the brand’s original, this new version features lenses that not only improve color by 30 percent, but also depth perception. The lightweight nylon frame is lined with Thermogrip rubber to stay in place, and adjustable nose grips ensure a custom fit. “In tennis there’s a lot of crowding and changes of direction, and these frames are very stable,” says Schultz.
Advantages: Enhanced depth perception, lightweight, stable
Disadvantages: No all-round coverage
Best for stability
Glade Townie Sunglasses – $99.00
Thanks to the lightweight bio-based frame, you’ll hardly feel these eco-friendly shades on your face. The polarized lenses ensure a clear view of the pitch, and thanks to the grip inserts on the nose and temples you don’t have to worry about the goggles bouncing around or slipping off. “This is very important because you don’t want to feel like you’re losing your glasses when you have to change direction quickly,” says Evrard.
Advantages: Polarized lens, lightweight
Disadvantages: No prescription required
Best for color contrast
Spy+ Helm Tech Sunglasses – $150.00
Using AI technology, this company created these sunglasses with a lens that amplifies color 30 percent more than you can see with the naked eye, creating the greatest color contrast you could ever see on a tennis court. Although the frames have side protections, they can be removed if you don’t feel like you need to wear them during your game. Nose-grip pads and sweat channels in the templates keep them in place for hours of play.
Advantages: Improved color contrast
Best for fashion
Alo Speed sunglasses – $150.00
Fashion meets function in these sunglasses. We love the oversized, wraparound frames, which have both an anti-fog treatment on the inside and a scratch-resistant outside (in case they eventually drop). Adjust the rubber nose pads to fit your face.
Advantages: Anti-fog, anti-scratch, lightweight
Disadvantages: Style isn’t for everyone
Best for everyday use
Nike Cool Down Course Tint Women’s Sunglasses – $159.00
Get these sunglasses when you want to go straight from the seat to coffee or lunch. Featuring adjustable rubber-lined temples for improved grip, not only do the lightweight frames stay on your face while you hit that match point, but the lifestyle-like design easily adapts to your next activity. The lenses also feature the brand’s ‘Course Tint’ technology, which makes colors stand out for increased contrast. “Nike’s are my first choice when I play,” says Evrard.
Advantages: Safe, light, increased color contrast
Disadvantages: No prescription required
Best for durability
Nathan Summit Polarized Running Sunglasses – $50.00
With polarization built right into the lens (unlike a film), you don’t have to worry about a scratch or dent changing the way you see out of this pair. “A polarized lens is definitely valuable because it gives you the best view of the ball on the pitch,” says Evrard. The lightweight, flexible frame can withstand a fall or even be tossed around in your tennis bag.
Advantages: Stable, polarization in the glass, flexible frame
Disadvantages: One size fits most, only two color options
Best for ventilation
100% Hypercraft Sport Performance Frameless Sunglasses – $155.00
Make a statement on the court with these bright, full-coverage sunglasses that have a wrap-around style to block rays from all angles. The scratch and tear resistant lenses also have ventilation at the most optimal and aerodynamic angles. Also, the glasses weigh only 23 grams, which makes them not a noticeable distraction during your game. “Goggles with fuller coverage are definitely becoming more popular,” explains Evrard. “Having more protection might be some people’s preference.”
Advantages: All-round protection, excellent ventilation
Disadvantages: Full coverage not for everyone, more expensive than other options
The best for the environment
ALMA Plant-Based Small Wrap Polarized Sunglasses – $159.00
Don’t worry if these goggles fall off your face at any point during your game – they’re both impact and scratch resistant. “It can get expensive if you break a lot of jars, so these are great because they’re simple and don’t have malleable properties,” says Evrard. The frames and lenses are made from plant-based materials, which is also better for the environment.
Advantages: Eco-friendly design, prescription only
Disadvantages: Made for narrow faces
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