The Wimbledon tournament has a dress code that's more rigorous than any other tennis championships. Scrolling through the ten rules stipulated on the Wimbledon site, you see more 'white' than at a townhall meeting in Orania.
The first three rules:
1) 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.
2) White does not include off white or cream.
This also extends to hair accessories, bandanas, etc.
Like Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario doing the scrunchie thing back in the nineties...
3) There should be no solid mass or panel of colouring. A single trim of colour around the neckline and around the cuff of the sleeve is acceptable but must be no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
Suffice to say, there are rebels everywhere. From 1985's Anne White to the Williams' sisters this decade, here are a few dress code defiants:
Venus Williams in 2017
According to The Independent, Venus was told to change her bra mid match as her pink bra straps were not allowed.
The Williams' sisters have always been defined by their unique on court style, however. Always being playful with jewellery and hair accessories, many have called their adherence to the dress code into question in the past.
Maria Sharapova in 2004
She opted to wear a tux-style outfit to court. Technically, she didn't break any rules, yet many speculated whether this was a subtle mock in protest of the strict dress code.
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Anne White in 1985
She dons a white catsuit, complete with leg warmers. Following the match, her opponent complained to officials saying the outfit was distracting and inappropriate.
But Serena Williams recently brought this look back as she wore a black catsuit to the French Open, a look she said made her feel like a "warrior princess".
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