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Tennis: Wimbledon dress code relaxed for Olympics

The top fashion freaks of tennis, sisters Venus (L) and Serena Williams. (Reuters/Kim White)

The London 2012 Games will present the tennis stars with a unique opportunity to flash colorful outfits at the staid Wimbledon courts.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has a strict dress code, according to which all the players must appear on the courts in white.

But those rules will be put aside during the Olympic tournament that Wimbledon will host this summer.

Tennis queens, and perhaps kings, will be able to turn the courts into a podium, displaying the brightest and trendiest designs in sports fashion.

The traditional dark green backgrounds at the club will also be replaced by more colorful ones.

The Wimbledon dress code has seen some players revolting against the hegemony of white in recent years.

Back in 2002, Anna Kournikova decided to wear black shorts instead of a white skirt during a warm up before one of the games, and was asked to change immediately by the referee.

Venus Williams of the U.S. plays a shot during her match against Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain at the French Open on May 26, 2010 (Reuters/Regis Duvignau)

But two years ago, Serena Williams was allowed to remain in her red underwear on court because – in combination with the white dress – the outfit resembled the colors of Wimbledon’s trademark delicacy, strawberries and cream.

For the sake of fairness, this costume just cannot be compared to the combination of a lacy corset dress and flesh-colored shorts with which her sister Venus Williams shocked the spectators at the French Open in 2010.


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