Wimbledon underwear rules: What’s all the fuss about?

Wimbledon organizers have shown some flexibility in response to various requests and recommendations. This edition will probably include some important modifications, such as the removal of previously harsh rules.

Wimbledon Underwear Rule
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The Grand Slam with the longest history has always required all-white clothing in both the men’s and women’s categories. There will be a small adjustment this time, and women will be permitted to wear panties of any color they like. What is the significance of this odd shift?

When was the Dress Code Implemented at Wimbledon?

Wimbledon has required every participant to wear white uniforms for the past 60 years. According to the rule, each player must wear all-white not only when playing but also when walking around the court.

There are conflicting views on this rule. Some support the tradition, while others find the rule absurd and out of context.

Wimbledon Braless Rule

There was also a problematic occasion in 2014 when the player Naomy Broady had to play without a bra because it was not white. At the time, the All England Club wrote a letter to the competitors outlining the uniform’s specifications. 

Wimbledon organizers even went so far as to check the players’ clothes. It was unpleasant for several players, such as former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and Czech star Barbora Strycova, to have their underwear scrutinized.

Venus Williams also had a problem after her pink bra straps were seen. The eldest of the Williams sisters had to change her outfit in the middle of a match.

Nick Kyrgios´s Red Shoes at Wimbledon

The Australian tennis player had a terrific season the year before, reaching the Wimbledon final for the first time, although he lost to Novak Djokovic. That wasn’t the only reason Kyrgios was in the news.

Kyrgios is frequently entangled in controversies. The athlete arrived on the court at Wimbledon last year sporting a cap and shoes with a lot of red trim. He changed both clothes before the match started.

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In the first round of the 2008 tournament, Swiss Roger Federer wore white shoes with orange soles. He had to wear all-white shoes for the following rounds.

Colourful Underwear at Wimbledon

After decades of debate over the contentious topic of Wimbledon dress, the All England Club decided to make a modification that many believe is a positive step against the tight restrictions. Many competitors are becoming more at ease on the court.

Ons Jabeur, the world number six, has stated her thoughts on the subject. The Tunisian footballer admitted that this will be beneficial for athletes who may be concerned and may have an event coincide with their period days.

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