I’ve seen some people on Twitter saying that it’s bullshit that these Wimbledon officials are strutting out onto the court for underwear check-ups, but I couldn’t disagree more. There’s literally one rule at Wimbledon and it’s to wear all white. White on white on white from head to toe.
So I’m not going to cry for these kids who have to go change because they broke the only rule at a tournament that’s 100+ years olds.
Wimbledon was briefly gripped by a major problem Thursday when an 18-year-old boys singles player failed his pre-match undergarment check.
Just ahead of warmups for a third-round match, Austria’s Jurij Rodionov was flagged by officials for violating the All England Club’s strict rule against even taking the chance that some color might show on the court.
The club’s rule states: “Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm)”.
This isn’t the first time this has happened at Wimbledon this year. The top-seeded doubles team got their butt-huggers checked, too.
Zsombor Piros and Wu Yibing are 18-year-olds who form the top seed at the Wimbledon boys’ doubles tennis tournament. They also apparently are rebels, ghoulish enough to wear black underwear to the notoriously all-white affair.
Yes, Piros and Wu were forced to change their underwear, which were visible not over or under their proper white shorts but apparently through them.
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