Wimbledon may have a “mostly white” clothing rule for players on court but that doesn’t impinge on individual style at The Championships – mostly for the better, sometimes for the worse.
1.Serena’s cheeky tee
Serena Williams raised a few chuckles in her press conference after winning the singles title by wearing a cheeky T-shirt. Shortly after regaining the Venus Rosewater dish from her elder sister – her 11th Grand Slam trophy – Serena changed into a shirt emblazoned with: “Are you looking at my titles?”
And, of course, it triggered the inevitable questions from journalists asking why she opted for the suggestive garment. “I’ve been wearing it a little bit this week”, she said. “I thought last night when I was getting my stuff together, I thought, Well, if I win, I’ll wear this because I’ll have 11 titles, and I wouldn’t know if you guys were looking at my titles or my water bottle.”
2. UK press criticise Federer’s outfit
Roger Federer received a warm welcome as he officially opened The Championships in an eye-catching combo of long trousers, Sergeant Pepper-style jacket, fitted waistcoat and man-bag. However, the get-up did not go down well with the British press.
Britain’s The Times newspaper laughed off the all-white gear, saying the five-times Wimbledon champion “would not get far in Afghanistan wearing an outfit such as that”. They also singled out the gold and white oversized bag “as something Paris Hilton would take to a spa. Perhaps there was a chihuahua inside”.
3. Thumbs-up for Murray’s collar
Andy Murray, seeking to end Britain’s 73-year wait since Fred Perry won the men’s singles title, also caused a stir among the Centre Court crowd for his smarter apparel. The 22-year-old stepped on court for his match with Robert Kendrick sporting a sleek Fred Perry tracksuit-style top with a white-collared T-shirt and shorts.
The clean-cut look was the first time the Scot has worn a collar – which went down well with the crowd. Fan Gayle McDermott said: “It was great to see Andy looking so tailored. He looked like a real gentleman.”
5. Tattoos all the rage
Tattoos on the tennis court have become a topic of conversation among the Wimbledon web team this tournament. Like them or loathe them, there was a surge in body art at this year’s Championships with Na Li, Jurgen Melzer and Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko joining Amelie Mauresmo and Janko Tipsarevic in exposing their artwork at SW19.
Li’s homeland of China has a rather taboo view on tattoos but she decided to take the plunge and show off the rose/heart art on her chest this year. Li said: “It’s a rose with a heart. I’ve had it eight years now. Before, I always wore tape, I didn’t want to show the tattoo. In China, if they see people have a tattoo, they only think maybe she’s not so good a person.”
Jurgen Melzer gave fans a sneak peek of a black etching on his upper arm in his victory over Benjamin Becker while the Bondarenko sisters have almost identical wing-shaped tatts in-between their shoulder blades.
Elsewhere, Belarusian Olga Govortsova has three stars tattooed on her inner left forearm while Italian stallion Simon Bollelli and Argentine Guillermo Canas both sport ink on their forearms (Asian and Hebrew symbols respectively). Sources say Bollelli’s inking spells out his girlfriend’s name.
Qualifier Taylor Dent might play for America but he rather weirdly has tattoos of both the US and Australian flags on one shoulder. Juan Monaco also has a red design on his left ankle. American Bethanie Mattek-Sands has spoken of an etching on her chest although it has yet to be seen.
6. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie
Australian tennis fans are never shy in showing their support for their heroes at Wimbledon.
And we were quick to grab a snap of the “Fanatics” supporting Lleyton Hewitt during his win over Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro.
“It was a good day for Court 2 to get a lot of Australian fans out there,” Hewitt said. “I know one or two of them I think that follow the Fanatics there, come to a lot of Davis Cup ties and that. So there’s a couple of people in there that sort of lead that. I think they camped out again last night to watch obviously myself and Sam play today.”