Wimbledon is planning to chill out its all-white clothes rule so as to permit girls’s gamers to put on dark-colored undershorts in the event that they select to take action, in line with an announcement from organizers on Thursday. This comes after Wimbledon and its organizers had been dealing with scrutiny concerning whether or not blood can be seen on white garments for gamers who’re menstruating.
“We are dedicated to supporting the gamers and listening to their suggestions as to how they will carry out at their finest,” All England Club chief govt Sally Bolton stated in a press release, through CNN.
“I’m happy to verify that, following session with gamers and representatives of a number of stakeholder teams, the Committee of Management has taken the choice to replace the white clothes rule at Wimbledon.
“This signifies that from subsequent 12 months, girls and ladies competing at The Championships may have the choice of sporting coloured undershorts in the event that they select. It is our hope that this rule adjustment will assist gamers focus purely on their efficiency by relieving a possible supply of tension.”
Prior to the announcement, Wimbledon had a really strict all-white costume code for girls’s gamers that was initially began to assist camouflage sweat stains.
12-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King lately said that the all-white costume code additionally makes it onerous for followers to inform gamers aside.
“Nothing is worse in sports activities than once you activate the tv and two gamers are sporting the identical uniform or identical outfits. It’s horrible. No one is aware of who’s who,” King informed CNN in a latest interview.
“This is one in every of my pet peeves, I’ve been yelling for years. Have you ever seen any sport the place the individuals put on the identical outfit on all sides?”
The 2023 Wimbledon Championships are set to happen from July 3 by way of July 16.