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Could a top player (FEDERER) be defaulted for this........

Hugh Jaas
02-09-2007, 06:28 AM
Considering it is a 130 year old rule to wear "all white" would a big name player like Roger federer be defaulted for NOT wearing a white only uniform at this years wimby.

Allure
02-09-2007, 06:35 AM
I voted no. But I'm not too sure.

Mistaflava
02-09-2007, 06:43 AM
well seing that its a rule, I would say yes.

That's like asking if Tom Cruise is driving 120 in an 80, does he still get a speeding ticket. Um yes...

CmonAussie
02-09-2007, 06:44 AM
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It wouldn`t happen!!
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If any player was bold enough to try such as stunt the officials would pull them aside just before they entered the stadium`@@`. The Wimby folk would then kindly find their emergency white gear [his & hers] & just short of sexual harrasment persuade that player to change their clothing before stepping on court~[^^]~.

R.Federer
02-09-2007, 06:44 AM
Absolutely.

They have sent back the likes of McEnroe, Kournikova, etc. (at different stages in their careers) for not adhering to the dress code.

Of course, no top player who is a contender is going to invite that kind of trouble and mental distraction by trying this stunt. Also, I think all their sponsors/designers have to submit their choice of dress before the tournament.

Hugh Jaas
02-09-2007, 06:46 AM
What?
well seing that its a rule, I would say yes.

That's like asking if Tom Cruise is driving 120 in an 80, does he still get a speeding ticket. Um yes...

You are comparing a LAW to a rule penned by Englishmen in top hats cica.1877? crazy talk tonight on MTF

R.Federer
02-09-2007, 06:46 AM
WIMBLEDON has served an early warning to the world’s tennis stars: step across the line on the tournament’s strict dress code and you will be sent packing.
For more than a century Wimbledon has fiercely guarded the genteel reputation that today sets it apart from other tournaments. Officials there want spectators to keep their eye on the ball, not on the increasingly revealing outfits that have caused controversy elsewhere.

The guide for competitors this year has been updated to warn them that they risk being defaulted — the tennis equivalent of a red card — if they break the tournament’s code of almost entirely white and most certainly decent clothing.

The pirate shorts favoured by the new pin-up Rafael Nadal, the Spanish winner of the French Open, will not raise an eyebrow provided they are white. Neither will the bare midriffs of players such as Tatiana Golovin, the Russian-born teenager based in France who has been known to take a pair of scissors to her outfits to make them even more revealing.

But the low-cut tops showing lots of cleavage, favoured by Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko, are likely to be banned, as are loose- fitting outfits such as the one Sharapova wore at this year’s Australian Open which billowed up to reveal her underwear.

The 2006 Wimbledon players’ guide carries the new caution: “Any competitor who appears on court dressed in a manner which is deemed unsuitable by the committee will be liable to be defaulted.”

It is also meant as a warning to sports manufacturers who try to enlarge their logos on players’ outfits so that they are clearly visible to the television cameras.

Adidas, the German manufacturer, took on the tennis authorities in a different court — the High Court in London — this month and won a temporary ruling allowing its three-striped logo to appear on players’ clothing at the tournament. Wimbledon wanted to limit the size of branding to 4 sq in.

In a rare update last week, Wimbledon unveiled new navy blue outfits from Polo Ralph Lauren, the American designer label, for its 570 umpires, ball girls and ball boys. It is one of the biggest changes since Wimbledon allowed the yellow ball instead of the white one in 1986 after a plea from the BBC that it helped visibility on television.

Andrew Jarrett, the tournament’s new referee, said last week: “There have been various outfits over the years that have caused everything from huge enjoyment to huge outrage, depending on your viewpoint. A lot of people wondered what the reaction would be to Nadal’s pirate shorts last year. We were very relaxed about it. He turned up in a beautiful white pair and they are now part of his persona.

“We have accepted the bare midriff because when virtually every player serves I defy any of them not to show their midriff when they are stretching up.

“The new guide for competitors says it needs to be suitable tennis attire. That is a vague statement but anything that doesn’t fit into that description we will look into. Once you set down rules people will try to get round it.”

He added: “The clothing manufacturers have a tough job. They have got to try and sell new collections and they have their clotheshorses out there.

“They know that if they want to be different they have to come up with something new. That is their challenge. Our challenge is to accept change but within the rules that we set.

“It makes common sense to get the message across. Most players have recourse to Plan B if necessary, which is to change into something else.”

Andre Agassi, once known for his long hair and loud outfits, refused to play Wimbledon from 1988 to 1990 because of the all-white dress code and what he regarded as the stuffy atmosphere. Anna Kournikova was ordered to change in 2002 when she was caught practising in black shorts.

Nigel Billen, editor of ACE Tennis magazine, which produces a list of the sexiest players — Sharapova tops it for the second year — said: “Outfits have got more revealing but I don’t think Wimbledon will ever drop its almost entirely white code.”

R.Federer
02-09-2007, 06:50 AM
well seing that its a rule, I would say yes.

That's like asking if Tom Cruise is driving 120 in an 80, does he still get a speeding ticket. Um yes...

Tom Cruise has a sticker on his car which identifies him as a "benefactor of the LAPD benevolent association", ie, fund giver. This sticker has a patch which identifies his car on speed busters as "let go". :)

Hugh Jaas
02-09-2007, 06:52 AM
“Outfits have got more revealing but I don’t think Wimbledon will ever drop its almost entirely white code.”

it would in a nano second if the players boycotted(Apart from James Blake he is getting his fence repaired because of his overuse of it. jk) the tournament. Wimbledon's profits for the 2006 championships was $60+million and they are going to throw that away just for a crazy 130 year old rule.

Metis
02-09-2007, 06:52 AM
Not even Roger could get away with it. Even princess Diana got a parking ticket once. :lol:

Tankman
02-09-2007, 10:23 AM
Not even Roger could get away with it. Even princess Diana got a parking ticket once. :lol:

even so, roger's got too much respect for history and tradition to even think about breaking the wimbledon dress code... very much a traditionalist... take his opinion on hawkeye for example...

Langers
02-09-2007, 10:28 AM
White outfits are sooo boring.

It kills half the fun of the WTA too. :(

Neely
02-09-2007, 10:33 AM
Can't really say, probably they would enforce the rule even for Federer who is potentially on track to become the most sucessful player this tournament has ever seen.

But one thing is also sure of which you must remind yourself. Whenever money or a tournament interest is on stake, they are more likely to think twice, thrice, ..., about what to do.

Loremaster
02-09-2007, 10:36 AM
White outfits are sooo boring.

It kills half the fun of the WTA too. :(

For three weeks in look great I always liked Tatiana, MAria Kirilenko and Daniela Hantuchova in white during Grass season

Langers
02-09-2007, 10:43 AM
For three weeks in look great I always liked Tatiana, MAria Kirilenko and Daniela Hantuchova in white during Grass season
Those three would look good wearing anything though. ;)

I assume this will be Maria's Wimby outfit... :hearts:

http://img292.imageshack.us/my.php?image=resourceimage8gk.jpg

Sorry to go off topic. :p

Loremaster
02-09-2007, 11:32 AM
Those three would look good wearing anything though. ;)

I assume this will be Maria's Wimby outfit... :hearts:

http://img292.imageshack.us/my.php?image=resourceimage8gk.jpg

Sorry to go off topic. :p

Yeah it is nice but hat looks bad , but still last year outfit was :eek:

I would like her to wear something tight one day :devil:

kobulingam
02-09-2007, 02:13 PM
Considering it is a 130 year old rule to wear "all white" would a big name player like Roger federer be defaulted for NOT wearing a white only uniform at this years wimby.


I don't think it has to be 100% white. Fed had some red/pink in his uniform last year I believe. Nadal had quite a bit of BLACK in his last year.

jazar
02-09-2007, 02:22 PM
tursunov didnt have a white shirt for his match with henman in 2005 and so they made him get one from the wimbledon shop. so they wouldnt default federer, they would just make him find something white to wear

joeb_uk
02-09-2007, 04:02 PM
Of course, Wimbledon is the most backwards of any tournament, its been a toffs tournament and always will be I think, unless something drastically changes.

The white rule is just a pathetic tradition, one of many at wimbledon which are laughable.

decrepitude
02-09-2007, 04:10 PM
Wimbledon - stuck up, stuffy traditionalists.

I laugh at it and love it!

Don't ever change and become indistinguishable from all the others. . .

Sunset of Age
02-09-2007, 04:17 PM
Wimbledon - stuck up, stuffy traditionalists.

I laugh at it and love it!

Don't ever change and become indistinguishable from all the others. . .

Exactly.
Besides that, most players look GREAT in white.

nobama
02-09-2007, 07:01 PM
Exactly.
Besides that, most players look GREAT in white.
Yeah and doesn't Andy Roddick usually wear white anyway. He was during AO.

Pfloyd
02-09-2007, 07:04 PM
Yeah.

If Federer broke this rule then you could make the argument that the lawkmakers at Wimbledon would take "special pleasure" in kicking Federer out in order to further solidify the importance of the all white clothing tradition at Wimbledon.

Loremaster
02-09-2007, 07:40 PM
Andy Roddick has the worst outfit ever How Can Player wear the same thing for 3 years Lacoste pays him 5m$ a year for this but I doubt that they earn anything from his outfits

Lacosste makes great polos but Roddick ones look like fake or something