Wimbledon allows relaxation of dress code during period for female players

The decision follows the example of a series of women's football teams, including Manchester City, to give up playing in white shorts.

Wimbledon allows relaxation of dress code during period for female players

The decision follows the example of a series of women's football teams, including Manchester City, to give up playing in white shorts.
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The All England Club announced on Thursday that Wimbledon will allow female players to wear black undershorts from next year’s tournament, in a bid to ease worries about playing during their periods. There has been a call for Wimbledon to make an exception to its traditional rule requiring players to wear all white.

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“We are committed to supporting the players and listening to their feedback as to how they can perform at their best. I’m pleased to confirm that, following consultation with players and representatives of several stakeholder groups, the committee of management has taken the decision to update the white clothing rule at Wimbledon.”

Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton

The decision follows the example of a series of women’s football teams. Which include Manchester City, to give up playing in white shorts.

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“This means that, from next year, women and girls competing at The Championships will have the option of wearing coloured undershorts if they choose. It is our hope that this rule adjustment will help players focus purely on their performance by relieving a potential source of anxiety.” Sally added.

Although in all other tennis tournaments, players can wear any color. But for Wimbledon, there is a rule to wear only white. The other Grand Slams are far more liberal than Wimbledon in their assessment of acceptable tennis attire. Players at the U.S. Open, for example, often wear bright and expressive outfits. Players have long been concerned that this rule will make them feel stressed when they have to play during their periods. In this case, the All England Club, which hosts Wimbledon, has relaxed the dress code. Now players can wear dark colored under shorts. The all-white dress code has been lifted.

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However, the organizers of Wimbledon said the new rule follows discussions with the Women’s Tennis Association, clothing manufacturers and medical teams.

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