Controversial Outfits In Tennis History – The sport of tennis has given players a chance to exhibit their best fashion. Nevertheless, in their attempts to appear stylish on the court, some players ended up only with disastrous results.
Since its inception, the game of tennis has radically evolved.
There have been modifications to the rules, the courts styles have changed in certain Grand Slams. However, the outfits worn by both women and men take the cake.
Where Wimbledon Championships still follows the traditional full-white regulation, the other three Championships – Australian Open, French Open and the US Open give players the liberty to experiment with their attire.
Where most players have managed to shine with the clothing worn by them, some raised quite a few eyebrows with the outrageous attire they wore on the court.
Here are a few instances where outfits worn by tennis players were considered the worst –
Bethanie Lynn Mattek-Sands of USA is renowned for her eccentric fashion styles she displays on the tennis court. She is also dubbed as “Lady Gaga of the tennis world” and rightfully so. What did she wear, you ask?
The Russian belle Nadia Petrova chose to wear this blue outfit at the 2011 Australian Open that made her appear as telling herself that she was in the cool waters rather than the warm climate Down Under.
Swiss player and 17-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer is known for being a fashion conscious individual. Thanks to his creative stroke play, he earned the moniker “King of the Court”. At 2009 Wimbledon, he seemed to have taken the title seriously, as he showed up wearing a gold accented waistcoat and his kit bag emblazoned with gold Nike swoosh.
After beating her elder sister Venus in Wimbledon 2009 final, Serena Williams attended the press conference wearing a white t-shirt that read “Are you looking at my titles?”
Greg Rusedski was a Canadian-British tennis player who turned pro in 1991. In the 1995 Wimbledon, he decided to play for Britain and his union flag bandana clearly sent the message across very clearly.
Maria Sharapova is one of the female tennis players, who attract massive attention from the commentary box as well as the audience. At the Wimbledon event in 2008, she decided to wear a tuxedo-style outfit – top and shorts. She lost early in the tournament; her opponent, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, was quick to remark, “I was pleased to beat her – I didn’t like her outfit.”
Venus Williams created massive controversy when she wore flesh-colored underwear at the 2010 Australian Open. Wearing the risqué outfit, she also received quite a few wolf-whistles from the audience.
John McEnroe, the American tennis legend, preferred wearing Sergio Tacchini during his playing years. Although the brand successfully generated sharp cuts and produced outfits in crisp colours, this one would certainly send tears rolling down the cheek of the modern generation.
The Argentine player Guillermo Vilas is renowned for wearing tight t-shirt and bottoms that made him appear beefy on the court.
At the 2010 Medibank International, Aravane Rezai preferred wearing a gold dress. Wearing the outfit, she looked like a character that just came out of Star Trek: Next Generation.
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