Wimbledon Wardrobe Controversy and an Underdog Win in Opening Round



The oldest tennis tournament in the world is known for its strict dress code, but one dress at Wimbledon had some players in search of a wardrobe change.

The NikeCourt Premier Slam Dress was approved by Wimbledon, which requires all players to wear white; however, the sponsored athletes sporting the dress have found it to be too revealing.

The empire-waisted, soft flowing dress spins up when the ladies are playing, showing lots of skin and leaving little to the imagination.

Some upset fans took to Twitter to air their grievances, giving the outfit the nickname “Nike nightie.” One even called the outfit a “giant fail.”

Players are using unique ways to make the dress work. Britain’s own, Katie Boulter, belted her dress with a white Nike headband in an attempt to hold the fabric in place…

PHOTO: Katie Boulter at Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament on June 22, 2016.

AP/Cal Sport Media Katie Boulter at Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament on June 22, 2016.

 

… While Czech Republic player Lucie Hradecka fashioned the dress as a top worn with leggings.

PHOTO: Lucie Hradecka, professional tennis player from Czech Republic, during first-round of play at Wimbledon on June 28, 2016.

Twitter/@lawanda50 Lucie Hradecka, professional tennis player from Czech Republic, during first-round of play at Wimbledon on June 28, 2016.

 

One player standing by the dress is Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. The 2014 Wimbledon singles finalist said “For me, I love it. It’s nice and short so you can move around and be free with your movements.”

PHOTO: Marcus Willis celebrates upset victory during the Mens Singles first round match against Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon on June 27, 2016 in London.

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Marcus Willis celebrates upset victory during the Men’s Singles first round match against Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon on June 27, 2016 in London.

The 25-year-old was ready to give up on his tennis dream and, having scrambled into pre-qualifying where he was the last man in the draw after a player dropped out, he won three matches to make it to the main qualifying event where he won three more to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Willis’ fairy-tale story plays out this afternoon as he takes on the world number 3, Roger Federer, who is eager to play him.

Federer told reporters, “I think it’s a great, great story and I’m very excited to be playing him actually.”

Second-round coverage of the match will be on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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