Now that Wimbledon 2015 is in the books, let’s take a moment to talk about color. I don’t object to the tradition and the regal of white, but I do think that maybe they took it to the extreme this year.
What do I mean this year? Take for example this picture of Serena holding her trophy after she won her fifth Wimbledon title, in 2012; she accented her white dress with a headband, wristbands and undershorts in magenta. None of which was allowed this year.
In fact 2013 winner Marion Bartoli won wearing a beige headband—also not allowed this year.
Martina Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, was told that the pale blue stripe on the skirt she was wearing for an invitational doubles match was against the rules. She questioned how a tradition was being upheld if the type of clothing she had been allowed to wear for decades, some of which is in the Wimbledon Museum, was suddenly forbidden. “I think they’ve gone too far,” she said.
As I researched Wimbledon’s rules, I learned that tennis whites became a phenomenon in the late 1800s to prevent the appearance of ‘unseemly’ sweat stains as the sport became increasingly popular at social gatherings.
I also learned that in 1972 the US Open became the first international tournament to allow players to sport colored apparel. Leave it to the US to revolt against a British tradition!
I’m not suggesting a dramatic change for Wimbledon. Nothing outrageous like the Mylan WTT’s colorful courts.
I really don’t mind keeping with tradition and wearing ‘mostly’ white, but can we please sport colorful even playful accessories again? After all, shouldn't everyone play tennis with a little Wristpect?