With Wimbledon’s strict dress code, it wasn’t the colour of Nike’s female dresses that caused a stir but the length and looseness of them.
Named ‘NikeCourt Premier Slam’, the dress has been designed specifically for this Wimbledon. Some people believe the dress resembles nightwear – more suitable in the bedroom than on Centre Court, because it’s not secure and exposes a little too much skin.
Some players made alterations to their outfit in qualifying to prevent them flashing too much flesh. Lucie Hradecka wore leggings, while Katie Boulter tied a knot around her waist. Newspaper Daily Mail reported that Nike requested the dresses be returned to make them more modest, but Nike deny this report.
Other players sponsored by Nike, including Sabine Lisicki and Madsion Keys, preferred wearing the tank top-skirt option rather than the dress.
There were mixed reviews from the players. Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard was a fan of the dress.
“Nike comes up with some cool, modern designs . And it’s definitely short, but that’s how I like my dresses so I’m fine with it,” Bouchard enthused.
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“I didn’t feel comfortable showing that much. For me, the most important thing is to feel comfortable and not to think about anything and with this I feel great”, Lisicki said.
As for Serena Williams? Well, she’s a player in a class of her own and she dresses in kind. Nike designed a unique high-neck dress specifically for her.
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Elsewhere on Day 4, we had the tournament’s first major upse,t with newly crowned French Open champion Garbine Muguruza losing to Jana Cepelova, 6-3 6-2.
It follows a trend in the last five years of first-time major winners flopping at the next grand slam event they compete at. Only one of the last eight players have made it past the second round after winning their maiden grand slam.
“I feel empty a little bit and I start to be sick,” a disappointed Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up, told reporters.
The elimination of the No.2 seed opens up the bottom half of the draw for the likes of Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber.
Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was extremely close to exiting the tournament as well. The Pole ground out a 6-2 4-6 9-7 win against 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh, who held a match point at 5-3 and then two more when she was serving for the match at 5-4.
Venus Williams, playing way out on Court 18, progressed to the third round. Joining the five-time champion was Bouchard, Lisicki and Keys.
Any Murray was the main drawcard for the men and the Scot beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-2 6-1. Meanwhile, the player who upset him two years ago, Grigor Dimitrov, beat Gilles Simon in four sets.