Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, with more than 140 years of history. It is also regarded by many as the most famous and prestigious Grand Slam. The tournament follows a lot of tradition from strawberries to royal box, and from the champion parade to the royal box. There is also a lot of focus on the dress code at the lawns of SW19.
The dress code is limited to wearing white attire. Moreover, there is no rule which prevents you from putting on shorts as a female player. WTA players can also opt to wear something other than those popular designer tennis skirts. Let’s understand the much talked about Wimbledon dress code in this article.
THE FAMOUS WIMBLEDON TENNIS SKIRTS
Designer clothing and fashion statements have been closely associated with the game of tennis in recent years. Hence, Wimbledon is no stranger to females opting for style statements and drawing great attention. The famous designer tennis skirts used by the Williams sisters have been among the hallmarks of this grass-court Grand Slam. These skirts represent a long tradition carried forward from Dorothy Round to Virginia Wade, as well as to the current players. Most female players wear white tennis skirts as a mark of tradition on the lawns of Wimbledon.
These skirts, however, are not mandatory dressing attire. Many players rather opt for white colored shorts to feel more relaxed on the court. Jelena Ostepenko raised a few eyebrows when she put on those shorts during 2018 Wimbledon. However, rules are clear that there is nothing that bars a lady player from playing in shorts and t-shirts. The dress code is more focused on the all-white color of the attire.
THE WIMBLEDON DRESS CODE FEATURES
Wimbledon has a detailed guideline manual about expected dress codes on its website. We simplify that for you about that dress code in this summary of points.
- The dress attire must be suitable and white in color when players enter the court for their matches.
- It has to be plain white. They can dismiss cream white and off white as substitutes.
- The dress should not have lining or logos on the attire. Small lining at the collar etc., should be less than 1 centimeter.
- The back of the shirt, dress, tennis skirt and tracksuits must be totally white in color, with no additives.
- Shorts, skirts and tracksuit bottoms must be totally white. The maximum single trim of 1cm of other color is acceptable.
- Caps, Headbands, bandanas, wristbands, and socks should also be white in color. They may allow a single trim of 1 cm maximum.
- The players must wear shoes of total white color including the soles and laces. They also do not encourage large manufacturer logos on shoes at Wimbledon.
- Medical equipment and support accessories should be preferably white. Colored ones are allowed if they are necessary.
So, this is the summary of the dress code guideline outlined by Wimbledon. The focus is on white clothing to keep the more than century tradition alive. It does not dictate only tennis skirts to be put on by female players. As a matter of fact, they can also use shorts.