“I’m sure the men in the crowd weren’t exactly disappointed by these new stringent rules, however playing any sport sans a bra or underwear is in no way comfortable- not that I’ve actually tried it.”
Wimbledon, perhaps the snootiest of sporting tournaments second only to The Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, has taken their pompousness to a new ridiculous level.
Their all-white dress code has been in effect at the venue’s All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club since 1877, even before the championship tournaments were in existence. In an attempt to prevent players from skirting the rule a bit, this year a ban was imposed on any colored undergarments. In past years, athletes would show their independence and personality by wearing a pop of color under their tennis skirts or shorts but the long arm of the Wimbledon law has been laid down this year.
It has been rumored that some women have been forced to play bra-less or commando after their undergarments were deemed non-conforming. I’m sure the men in the crowd weren’t exactly disappointed by these new stringent rules, however playing any sport sans a bra or underwear is in no way comfortable- not that I’ve actually tried it.
According to former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, who was forced to withdraw from this year’s Wimbledon veteran’s tournament due to non-compliant tennis shoes, “One of the players was called in to the referees’ office because he had blue underwear that showed through when he got sweaty, so he was told not to wear underwear. Some of the girls have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight color on them. I believe some of the girls didn’t have suitable sports bras and had to go without them. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
What’s next, everyone must dye their the same shade and wear certain colored contact lenses in order to compete? Here we are in 2014; you’d think the guys on the other side of the pond would be looking to hip things up a bit.
Perhaps when the new era of William and Kate take over we’ll see a younger, more flexible Wimbledon. Maybe I will even watch the tournament then- probably not.