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Backwards caps…

I don’t know who started this trend - someone suggested Ivan Lendl - but isn’t it enough already? It seems to be (you should pardon the expression) old hat by now.

Hell, I even saw Martina Navratilova wearing one, and when fifty-year-old gay women pick up on a fashion trend, you know it’s time to move on. Personally, I just don’t see that it’s either cool or stylish, and it certainly hasn’t much utilitarian value.

Okay, I get that off my chest.

One more thing…I hope Djokovic loses. I can’t stand to see him bounce the damned ball ten or fifteen times before he serves. If I were the umpire I’d probably scream, “For crying out loud, stop bouncing the fucking ball and serve.”

Okay, that’s all.
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Backwards caps look great on some people, and horrendous on others. Martina needs to give it up.

Umm, I do agree Djokovic bounces the ball a lot, but it could be worse. Monfils' victory dance after winning every above average point is a bit much.

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Haas is wearing the ugliest hat on the tour right now...that half black/half red baseball cap. How ugly is that cap?

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Its just a hat, but backwards. Get over it.
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Its just a hat, but backwards. Get over it.
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Re: Backwards caps…

I don't recall Lendl ever wearing a baseball cap backwards. He did wear a "French Legion" hat with the neck protector.

Ball caps serve their purpose, keeping hair and sweat out of the player's eyes and protecting their head from the sun. Who cares if it's backwards or not.



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I don't like the backwards baseball cap as well. It's much like this trend right now of wearing your shirt collar deliberately upturned. In tennis I especially don't see the point; isn't the visor supposed to protect your eyes and face from the sun? thought that was the whole point.

Djokovic probably gets in the zone by bouncing that ball to death...
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I always thought the backwards cap had died out in mainstream fashion. now it is trucker hats tilted slightly to one side. At least in the USA.

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Although most probably wear it that way because they think it looks cool, there is a practical reason also. Depending on the fit of the hat and/or the weather conditions, wearing it backwards helps prevent the possibility of it falling off in the middle of the point. The thrust involved on the serve, in particular, can cause dislodging. Combine that with a slight gust of wind, and it can cause you to lose your head.
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Although most probably wear it that way because they think it looks cool, there is a practical reason also. Depending on the fit of the hat and/or the weather conditions, wearing it backwards helps prevent the possibility of it falling off in the middle of the point. The thrust involved on the serve, in particular, can cause dislodging. Combine that with a slight gust of wind, and it can cause you to lose your head.
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It shows their age, bigtime. Nobody wears a backwards hat on the street, anymore. Might as well play tennis in a Spin Doctors t-shirt you bought at the concert.

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The history of the backwards cap...

Actually the backwards cap is a baseball thing. The hat, that many players in sports wear today originate from the baseball cap which was designed at the turn of the century to block the sun out of the players eyes in the American born sport of Baseball.

The unique style of the brim and the cap are completely Baseball's own creation. As baseball evolved the caps evolved too, and to protect players from balls thrown over 90mphs players started to wear helmets.


One of players that needed a helmet the most was the catcher, however because the catcher wears a facemask to protect his face from a errant pitch or the swing of a bat, the helmet with brim attached had to be turned backwards.

Thus, the backwards cap was born, and ever since baseball fans, sports fans, and players alike have been wearing them that way. Who knows when exactly the necessity of having a backwards cap become in vogue and why it was considered stylish, or who started doing it first but it was born in baseball.

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I'm pretty sure the guy who started the trend in tennis was Marc-Kevin Goellner.

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