Helping players ‘just focus on their performance’: Wimbledon allows dark undershorts

It’s a small revolution for the London tournament. “Next year, women and girls taking part in the tournament will have the option of wearing colorful shorties if they wish.” Grand Slam Tournament Director Sally Bolton said in a statement. The Wimbledon boss clarified that the decision was made after “discussions with players and stakeholder representatives“.

We hope these adjustments will help players focus solely on their performance by eliminating a potential source of anxiety.“, continued Bolton. The dress code of the International of England imposed on the players and players white outfits on the London lawn, marking a singularity with regard to the other Majors, the Australian Open, Roland-Garros and the US Open.


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