What's worse? Losing in the first round of a grand slam tournament or being called for your undergarment?
Unfortunately for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, both happened to her during her first round defeat to world number 117 Duan Ying-Ying of China, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Adding to her woes is that chair umpire Louise Engzell noticed that Bouchard's black sports bra can be seen peeking from under her white Nike top.
Engzell had to place a call to the tournament officer's office to check whether Bouchard is in violation of the rule below:
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). In addition, common standards of decency are required at all times.It's difficult to ascertain whether the visible strap is wider than one centimetre but rules are rules and Engzell just had to check. It's a tournament after all that even Roger Federer said has a "ridiculously strict" dress code. Federer should know as in 2013, his signature tennis shoes with the orange outsole (as seen below) was banned after just one match:
I'm still looking for a pair by the way. Tweet me if you're selling a US sz 9 or 9.5 ;)