August 12, 2022

Nick Kyrgios defied the all-white dress code by wearing a red cap to Wimbledon

Throughout Sunday’s three-hour Wimbledon final, Nick Kyrgios was on his best behavior — at least when it came to tennis’ notoriously strict dress code. Then it was time to accept his trophy.

For that occasion which happened after the Australian minutes He lost to defending champion Novak Djokovic in four setsKyrgios swapped his white cap for a bright red Nike Jordan cap, defying nearly a century and a half of tournament tradition that calls for players to wear white on court.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who handed Kyrgios her runner-up trophy, didn’t react remarkably to Kyrgios’ faux pas. However, other observers were surprised – especially Kyrgios who was flaked after wearing a red hat earlier in the match.

A journalist was invited The move was Kyrgios’ “ultimate act of defiance”. Others hinted that Kyrgios could be fined. Earlier Monday, a Wimbledon spokesman could not confirm whether Kyrgios had been punished.

The rule that players must wear white on the tennis court dates back to that day Beginning of competition, in 1877. At the time, it was generally believed Sweat is not good And that white dress A player’s sweat can be controlled or covered up, time report. Times have changed, but the dress code at Wimbledon hasn’t been relaxed. Indeed, it is become severeEven competition officials Checking the color of players’ underwear During competitions.

Now,​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ has been ruled that players must wear appropriate tennis attire which is all white in color … from the point where the player enters the court area. Acceptable clothing “does not include white or cream,” and colored trim around the neck or sleeves “should not be wider than one centimeter.” Although some players are allowed to wear colors supporting Ukraine this year, there are other specific guidelines.

Far from its sweat-phobic appearance, Wimbledon is Recently adapted A “great draw” and a way to “allow tennis and players to stand out” is the rule of whites rather than their clothes.

But even the sport’s greatest champions have challenged fate. Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer said the dress code was tightened dramatically in 2014. “Very strict” The New York Times reported. A year ago, Federer was forced to change his shoes after wearing a pair with orange soles during his first round match. According to the Associated Press.

Before winning Wimbledon in 1992, American Andre Agassi boycotted the tournament, citing its tradition and dress code. “Why should I wear white? I don’t want to wear white,” Agassi wrote in her 2009 memoir. “Why does it matter to them what I wear?”

This year, protestors arrived at the main gates of the tournament and demanded that the organizers change the dress code as female athletes wearing all-white outfits during menstruation may feel uncomfortable. Guardian. Demonstrators wore white tops and red shorts – clothes modeled after Tatiana Colo, a French athlete who quit wearing them in 2007. Bright red knickers On the Wimbledon grass.

While Kyrgios is not alone in rejecting Wimbledon’s dress code, he has rankled the audience in other ways. He was fined $10,000 for spitting at a viewer at the end of June What Kyrgios said was haunting. During his match with Djokovic on Sunday, Kyrgios hounded the chair umpire to remove a distracting spectator who appeared to have had “700 drinks” and was fined $4,000 for cursing during the match.

Following his fourth-round win over Brandon Nakashima last week, Kyrgios wore a red Nike cap with a pair of red and white Air Jordans.

After the match, a reporter asked Kyrgios why he was breaking the rules.

“Because I do what I love,” Kyrgios replied.

Doesn’t the rules apply to him?

“I love wearing my Jordans,” Kyrgios said.