Female Tennis Players Crying 'Fault!' Over Nike's Skimpy Wimbledon Outfit
The short dress looks more like a nightgown than a tennis outfit.
A new dress worn by some female tennis stars at Wimbledon is getting more attention than the action on the court.
Called the NikeCourt Premier Slam Dress, the attire is short and flowing. When a player serves or goes for the ball, the dress flies around and exposes a lot of skin, which some say is too much for the conservative tennis world.
The short and pleated outfit is made for players who have personal contracts to wear Nike outfits on the court.
Sweden's Rebecca Petersen found it so revealing she decided to pull a long sleeve warmup over her dress to keep it in place.
Tennis star Katie Boulter was so mortified she used a headband as a belt to keep everything in place.
The dress has caused such uproar among players that Nike has reportedly sent a tailor to Wimbledon to sew up the sides.
Eugenie Bouchard is one of the few pros who actually like the dress. She told TSN: “It's nice and short so you can move around and be free with your movements."
A Nike spokesperson told The New York Times: “The product has not been recalled and we often customize products and make alterations for athletes as they compete. We work closely with our athletes to provide them with product that helps them perform and feel their best on the court.”
The dress did initially pass the British tournament’s strict criteria for decency.
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