According to a statement from organizers on Thursday, Wimbledon intends to amend its all-white attire policy to permit women’s players to wear dark-colored undershorts if they so desire. This comes after Wimbledon administrators were questioned about whether menstruation athletes’ blood would show up on their white attire.
Sally Bolton, the chief executive of the All England Club, said in a statement, via CNN, “We are committed to supporting the players and listening to their feedback as to how they can perform at their best.”
“I’m happy to confirm that the Committee of Management has decided to alter the white clothing restriction at Wimbledon after consulting with players and representatives of various stakeholder groups.
The ladies and girls competing in The Championships starting in 2019 will have the option to wear colorful undershorts if they so want. We anticipate that this rule change will assist players in concentrating solely on their performance by removing a possible source of anxiety.
Prior to the announcement, Wimbledon’s women’s players were required to wear only all-white attire, which was initially instituted to hide sweat stains.
Billie Jean King, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, recently said that the all-white attire also makes it difficult for spectators to distinguish between players.
“When watching sports on television and noticing that two athletes are donning identical attire, there is nothing worse. It is awful. Who is who is unknown, “King stated in a recent interview with CNN.
“I’ve been ranting at people for years since this is one of my pet peeves. Have you ever watched a sport when both teams are dressed identically?”
The dates for the 2023 Wimbledon Championships are July 3 through July 16.