No Colour Please! We’re English!

Undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white and contain no more than 1cm of coloured trim. Wimbledon tournament referee, Andrew Jarrett

Tightening up on the Wimbledon whites

By Roger Childs

Roland Garros womenAt Roland Garros in the fashion capital of the world, the fans are just as interested in what players are wearing, especially the women, as much as the tennis. There is often a blaze of colour in Paris, orange, blue, turquoise and purple were fashionable this year, but that just won’t do at Wimbledon.

Standards in the ladies and gentlemen’s singles slipped alarmingly in 2013 as the players paid lip service to the dress code with white dresses, shorts and tops, but added a little colour elsewhere. However a hard line is being taken in the current tournament with some players being asked to change.

… garish, non-white underwear or accessories would no longer be tolerated at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Tim Lewis, The Guardian tennis reporter

Going too far?

Wimbledon women1987 gentlemen’s singles winner Pat Cash has pulled out of the Veterans Tournament because his training shoes are too bright.

He told the BBC that some of the girls have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight colour on them. And one of the men was told to wear white underwear because blue showed through when he got sweaty. Caroline Wozniacki commented that, officials checking on female players’ underwear, was a bit creepy.

The formality and dress codes at Wimbledon are in stark contrast to the colourful and fashionable clothes worn by line umpires and ball girls and boys in Rome, Madrid and Paris. Wimbledon match officials in their longs and blazers look like the Eton Ist XI on a school trip.

Serena down and out

SerenaWomen’s second seed Li Na went out in the third round and top seed Serena Williams has followed her. The American easily won the first set 6-1 in her match with Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.  But then it all went wrong. A surprisingly lethargic and seemingly disinterested Williams lost the second 6-3 and it was 6-4 in the third set.

The game never reached any great heights and Cornet didn’t play that well. However Serena was worse. This early exit follows her second round drubbing in the French Open and one has to wonder, if her long career as a top ranked player, are over.

Meanwhile other contenders for the ladies title – Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard – won their third round games easily.

Gentlemen’s top seeds cruising

BerdychRafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and defending champion Andy Murray, all moved easily into the last sixteen. The only major casualty so far in the men’s draw has been sixth seed Thomas Berdych (pictured alongside), who was beaten by the experienced Croatian Marin Cilic in the third round.

They were playing on an outside court after sunset and hawk-eye, which rules on disputed calls, was suspended.  But the game was not. Berdych was clearly frustrated over the light and some questionable calls by lines people. However play went on and the Croatian prevailed 7-6, 6-4, 7-6.

So it’s into the second week of Wimbledon and the competition gets a whole lot tougher as the contenders vie for a place in the finals next weekend.