It is thought that the tennis bracelet got the name due to professional tennis player, Chris Evert, who frequently wore this style while playing. In fact, she had a bracelet fall off during a tennis match and actually halted game play until the bracelet was safely located.
Most commonly, a tennis bracelet refers to an elegant, diamond bracelet that features diamonds set closely together in succession for the length of the bracelet. Unlike a bangle bracelet, a tennis bracelet is flexible and moves with the wearer. It is not uncommon to see the term tennis bracelet refer to a bracelet with other gemstones or diamond substitutions such as a cubic zirconia.