Ons Jabeur insists she “completely forgot” Wimbledon’s all-white dress policy after being forced to change to black during warm-ups before loss to Marketa Vondrousova
Ons Jabeur has insisted she made an “honest mistake” after Wimbledon officials forced her to change for violating the competition’s famous dress policy.
Jabeur looks set to secure her first Grand Slam title on Saturday when she entered her last clash with Marketa Vondrousova as the heavy favourite.
However, upon entering the Central Court to warm up dressed in black, officials hastily escorted the 28-year-old away and ordered him to change into traditional all-white attire.
The world number 6 soon returned having donned the right outfit, but her dream of capturing a first Grand Slam title at the All England Tennis Club would not come true.
Despite defeating the number two and three seeds in the semifinals and quarterfinals respectively, Jabeur would find herself defeated in straight sets by the Czech Vondrousova, with the 24-year-old becoming the first unseeded woman. in history to win Wimbledon.
Ons Jabeur has admitted he made an ‘honest mistake’ by breaking Wimbledon dress rules
The 28-year-old was escorted off the pitch during her warm-up for wearing a black jersey
Jabeur would be defeated in straight sets by the unseeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the final
Speaking after the loss, Jabeur revealed that the even breathing was not intentional.
‘I completely forgot about the white rules. When you walk into a match court, you just dress in normal clothes.
I completely forget that today I was warming up on center court, it has to be all white. Yeah, I don’t know, it was just an honest mistake.
The tradition of wearing all white at SW19 dates back to the inaugural competition held in 1877.
event official clothing and equipment rules State: ‘Competitors must be dressed in appropriate tennis clothing that is nearly all white* and this applies from the point the player enters the perimeter of the court.’
However, a caveat was introduced last year to the long-standing mandate, with an exception provided for players, “who are permitted to wear solid medium/dark colored underpants, provided they are no longer than shorts or shorts.” Skirt”.