The Wimbledon Championships, is one of the most conservative Grand Slam tournaments. It has a strict dress code that participants need to adhere to. The code of conduct that was updated in 2014 specifies that players need to wear clothes that are strictly white and strips of colour that appear on sleeves, cuffs and necklines can’t be more than one centimetre in width. However, many players have time and again shun the dress code. As the event stands cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we take a look back at some of the most controversial outfits of all time.
Long before Serena Williams ran into trouble with her catsuit at the French Open, American tennis player Anne White wore a white catsuit in 1985 and fuelled discussions about its appropriateness on and off the court.
In 1949, American tennis player Gertude Moran, better known as Gussy, was admonished by the All-England club when her risqué hemlines revealed a lacy underwear.
Australian tennis player Pat Cash, broke away from the rule of all-white accessories on court, when he wore a black and white bandana in one of his matches in 1987.
In 2017, Venus Williams caught attention when her pink bra straps became visible during a match. She was reportedly asked to change her undergarment midway.
Rafael Nadal debuted in Wimbledon in 2005 in sleeveless T-shirt and capris. Though his outfit wasn’t at par with British formal dress code and etiquette, he continued to wear the outfit in the following years as well.
American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands was known as the Lady Gaga of tennis courts. In 2011, she wore a jacket adorned with spray-painted tennis balls that baffled the crowd.
French tennis player Tatiana Golovin wore red shorts in 2007. However, since the dress code stating that players wear all white undergarments was updated in 2014, she got away with her choice.
Russian tennis player Maria Sharpova took a dig at the rigid Wimbledon dress code when she wore white shorts and a tux-style top in 2008.
Serena Williams, raised eyebrows when she wore an all-white trench coat in 2008, along with a bandana and hoops.