The first fashion controversy of Wimbledon is already here. Dutch player Indy de Vroome was hauled by the fashion police as the ‘inside of her cap’ was not white enough.
The Grand Slam is known for its very strict all-white dress code.
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Even eight-time champion Roger Federer was at the receiving end once, in 2013, when the bright orange outsole of his shoes didn’t quite meet the Wimbledon standards.
Wimbledon has become stricter about the dress code since the turn of the century than they were in the 1980s and 1990s.
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During her first round of qualifying against Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova, which she won 6-2, 6-2, de Vroome was pulled up by the referee.
“The ref telling me that the inside of my cap isn’t white enough,” De Vroome wrote in her Instagram story.
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Under rule No.7 of Wimbledon’s official dress code: “Caps (including the underbill), headbands, bandanas, wristbands and socks must be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre.”
The referees have at times forced players to change their undergarments if they haven’t adhered to the dress code.
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“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,” Rule No.9 reads.