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.”
— Lisa Douglas (@Darling_Lisa) June 27, 2016
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…
… While Czech Republic player Lucie Hradecka fashioned the dress as a top worn with leggings.
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.”
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) June 25, 2016
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.