What are the best lens colors for tennis? After all, blocking the sun is not the only thing you need from your tennis sunglasses. You also need UV protection, a lens that enhances colors, accentuates contrast, depth perception, and visual acuity. Most importantly, you need that perfect pair of sunglasses that look awesome with your tennis outfit. Makes sense, right? You're going to be outside on the tennis court with the sun shining in your eyes. Or, if you're lucky, you'll be playing on a cloudy day, but that doesn't mean you don't need protection from those harmful rays.

Table of Contents

1. What to Look for in Tennis Sunglasses
1.1. Brown Lens Colors for Tennis
1.2. Yellow Lens Colors for Tennis
1.3. Grey Lens Colors for Tennis
2. Other Lens Features for Tennis Sunglasses
2.1. Polarized Lenses for Tennis Sunglasses
2.2. Mirror Lenses for Tennis Sunglasses
2.3. Transitions Lenses for Tennis Sunglasses
3. The Best Tennis Sunglasses
4. Get Prescription Tennis Sunglasses Online at SportRx

Eyeglass Tyler tells you about the lens colors you need, the ones you don't, and some other features that could help or hinder your play. Watch our video or keep reading for the details.

What to Look for in Tennis Sunglasses

First, let’s talk about the features you need, then the features you want. Our main tip is that contrast is key. A good contrast-enhancing lens tint allows you to pick up yellow tennis balls more quickly. So what tints are those?

Brown Lens Colors for Tennis

Under this umbrella are brown, copper, rose copper, and even amber lenses for low lighting. These tints enhance and separate colors, especially the bright hue of a tennis ball. Brown lenses have the added bonus in working of most types of light conditions.

Yellow Lens Colors for Tennis

Provide the maximum light transmission of any tinted lens. Yellow lenses improve contrast in low-light conditions and filter out some blue light. We recommend these (or clear lenses) for bright stadium-type lighting or any well-light nighttime game.

Grey Lens Colors for Tennis

We don't typically recommend grey or grey-green tints for tennis because they don't provide contrast enhancement. They will darken your vision, but they don't help you spot the ball much better, so we suggest sticking to these lenses for your everyday sunglasses instead.

Other Lens Features for Tennis Sunglasses

Polarized Lenses for Tennis

Our first suggestion is that you probably don't need a polarized lens for tennis. These lenses block horizontal glare and, while useful for everyday wear, can have a negative effect on depth perception. When you need to see the ball clearly to time your swing, a polarized lens will be a hindrance.

Mirror Lenses for Tennis

There isn't a lot of glare on a tennis court, but if you have sensitive eyes a mirror coating can help with that. This is a coating applied to the front side of the lens that reflects excess light away from the lens. Aside from the optical benefit of blocking what Tyler calls ambient glare, mirror lenses are also a cool look cosmetically because of the different colors you can get.

Transitions Lenses for Tennis

Transitions, or photochromic lenses, are a great option if you like versatility in your sunglasses. These lenses change their tint based on UV light, so if you're out playing till sunset, these lenses will stay clear even under stadium lights. Tyler also mentions that a lot of our SportRx Sport Optimized Lenses are photochromic with tints changing from lighter to darker versions of the same color, which makes them a great pick for tennis.

The Best Tennis Sunglasses

Learn more about what to look for in a pair of tennis sunglasses by checking out our tennis sunglasses buyer's guide. Want the full list of the best tennis sunglasses? Check out our top picks!

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

OAkley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Polished White with PRIZM Field Lenses

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Either way you like to play tennis, be sure to take your Oakley Flak 2.0 XL with you! PRIZM lenses are an excellent option to boost contrast and allow you to perform at your best! In addition to amazing lens tech, the Unobtainium earsocks, nose pads, and Oakley’s Three-Point-Fit system will help keep your glasses securely in place at all times, even if those passing shots are making you break a sweat.

Tifosi Vero

Tifosi Vero

Tifosi Vero in Gloss Black with Smoke/AC Red/Clear Lens

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Get the Tifosi Vero in brown, so you can experience vivid colors without the annoying glare in your eyes, while scoring a golden set. Boom! On top of that, the sleek and compact frame with rubber nose pads and adjustable temples won’t move a millimeter when you serve and volley.

Nike Rabid 2

Nike Rabid Cargo Crystal Navy with Grey Silver Flash Lens

Nike Rabid 2 in Cargo Crystal Navy with Grey Silver Flash Lenses

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The weather report says it’s going to be sunny, but you're already heading to the tennis court. Last time, it was so bright you couldn't see the ball when you tossed it and much less when it was coming back to you. Worst game ever. But this time, it's going to be different — you found this wonderful pair of Nike Rabid 2 sunglasses with mirror lenses to reduce the brightness, so you can keep your eyes on the ball. It will also provide you with the largest field of vision possible. The narrower lens gives you more ventilation while still protecting your eyes, plus they are ultra-light and ultra-durable.

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