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'Lady Gaga' out of tune on grass

Bethanie Mattek-Sands wore an outfit that lived up to her reputation as the Lady Gaga of tennis but the number 30 seed failed to hit the high notes as she was dumped out of Wimbledon in the first round on Wednesday.

sports Updated: Jun 23, 2011 23:52 IST

Bethanie Mattek-Sands wore an outfit that lived up to her reputation as the Lady Gaga of tennis but the number 30 seed failed to hit the high notes as she was dumped out of Wimbledon in the first round on Wednesday.

A gaggle of photographers lay in wait for the eye-catching American who walked on to Court 14 daubed in war-paint and wearing a tasselled jacket adorned with white tennis balls.

But while her knee-length white socks might have left an impression on the fashionistas, her tennis was more highstreet bargain than catwalk chic as she lost 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 to Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi, ranked 133rd in the world.

"I'm not hitting a ball in this, don't worry," she shouted to reporters as she stripped off her jacket to reveal a skin tight dress with a sleeve cut off to show a string of floral tattoos up her arm.

Mattek-Sands regularly falls foul of the sport's fashion police and was fined for wearing a cowboy hat at the 2005 US Open.

The American's unusual garb left a bigger impression on the fans who had come to watch her than her inconsistent groundstrokes which frequently failed to find their target.

"I think it's fun and brings more attention to tennis," said Mary-Beth Ash, a fan.