THE Wimbledon dress code police have taken aim at Canadian sensation Eugenie Bouchard over a sports bra hidden underneath a sports bra hidden under a dress.
The most strictly enforced dress code in sport is in the headlines again after Bouchard was forced to defend her use of a black sports bra despite it being almost completely hidden beneath a white sports bra and white dress.
Roger Federer was also a casualty of the All England Club’s all-white attire dress rules for players when he was banned from wearing white shoes with orange soles in 2013.
While Bouchard escaped any official sanction, being questioned on-court by a tournament referee was punishment enough for the 21-year-old.
Last year’s runner-up was threatened with a dress code violation when chair umpire Louise Engzell phoned the tournament referee’s office during her first round loss to China’s Ying-Ying Duan after noticing Bouchard’s black bra strap briefly stuck out from under her white ensemble.
When asked after the incident after the match the world No. 12 said she wasn’t even aware she was almost issued with a code violation.
“I was not aware of that at all. And no one told me anything about my bra,” Bouchard told The Daily Mail.
Wimbledon’s strict dress code states that: “Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.”
“Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm). In addition, common standards of decency are required at all times.”
The 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 defeat against her Chinese qualifier opponent was Bouchard’s 12th loss in her past 14 matches and will see her drop out of the world top 20.
“I felt very unprepared for this match. But I wanted to play, no matter what,” Bouchard said after her Wimbledon exit.
“I have a grade two tear in my ab. Probably wouldn’t have been smart to play here, but I couldn’t pass on Wimbledon. So I did minimal preparation to save myself for the match.”
Bouchard said she had not yet vented her frustration at her Wimbledon exit.
“I definitely wasn’t going to break my racquet on the court, that’s for sure. You can’t do that at Wimbledon. Maybe something will explode later,” she said.
Bouchard said she would now give in to her body and take some rest.
“I’m going to take some time to heal and maybe not think about tennis for a little bit, then get right back to it,” she said.
“It’s so hard to be forced not to play tennis, especially at Wimbledon.
“I want to find a good trainer who can make me as strong as I can be so I don’t get these injuries.
“One is definitely being not strong enough, but two, there has been some bad luck.
“I’m going to be happy to put this period behind me, for sure. Very disappointed in my last couple months.”