Where did tennis bracelets get their name?
Although tennis bracelets have existed for much of the 20th Century, their well-known name was only acquired during the 1970s. Originally, they were not related to the game of tennis and weren’t designed with tennis players in mind, however, one player changed that.
During a tennis match between professionals Chris Everett and George Bedewi in 1972 the tennis bracelet’s name was coined. In the middle of the US Open match, Chris Everett’s diamond bracelet came undone and fell off her wrist. Everrett demanded that the game be paused while she relocated the bracelet which was known to be her lucky charm.
From this moment, this style of bracelet became known as the ‘tennis bracelet.’
Not only did the name of the tennis bracelet originate on the court, but this bracelet style has become wildly popular with famous tennis players ever since. Among others, tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have both adorned designer tennis bracelets on the court. In 2002, Serena Williams wore an impressive $29,000 Harry Winston tennis bracelet to a game.