Wimbledon has become a traditional sport in London and become one of the oldest yet known sport in the world. Since 1877, Wimbledon has its distinctive set of rules and regulations that sets it apart compared to the usual tennis tournaments across the globe.
What we’re talking about here is the requirement of wearing only white from top to bottom. Yes, you heard that right. You must wear white to participate in such sport. Wearing other kinds in different colors is considered inappropriate. So what’s up with the color white on this sport?
- This “white-only” rule is dated back in the 1800s where colored clothing produces obvious sweaty patches on the players. Back then, this was seen as inappropriate. In 1963, Wimbledon adapted the “predominantly in white” rule before evolving into the “completely white” in 1995. In 2004, the white-only rule stepped a little further by including all of your accessories to be in white as well. Say goodbye to colored socks and visors; white has taken over the entirety of the sport.
The rule was stringent that even famous participants are forced to change to white during the game. In 2017, Venus Williams, a five-times single champion in Tennis, was forced to change her pink bra into a white one because colored clothing violates the rules. The same thing goes for Anna Kournikova, where she was forced to change her black shorts into white ones in a match on 2002. The worst part is she doesn’t have a white one on her own, forcing her to borrow a pair of oversized white shorts from her coach, tearing the logo on it to avoid conflict with her sponsorship deal of a particular sports brand.
Not just women, but the white-only rule affected men as well. Take Roger Federer as an example, where he had to replace his orange-soled sneakers into a white one. On the other hand, Andre Aggassi, who’s known for his colorful wardrobe, refused to play at Wimbledon because he wants to have the freedom to wear what he wants. Listed below are the guidelines for the Wimbledon dress code:
- No solid mass of coloring
- Bold colors should only be kept to a minimum
- Fluorescent colors are not allowed
- The back of the shirt should be totally white
- Preference for shorts and skirts should be completely white
- Items such as hats, socks, shoes, and others should be entirely white