Bouchard's black bra breaks Wimbledon all-white tradition

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2015 21:39 IST

Struggling Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard escaped strict punishment from umpire Louise Engzell after she was found to have broken Wimbledon's strict all-white dress code in her first-round women's singles defeat at the hands of China's Ying-Ying Duan on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old, who was runenr-up at Wimbledon last year, wore a black bra whose strap was easily visible during her match.

Engzell checked to see if Bouchard had broken the dress code but did not take action against the World No 12. Wimbledon's dress code states that players must dress in 'almost entirely white' during competitive matches at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

When asked by Sportsmail if she knew that her bra strap had caused concern, Bouchard replied, "I was not aware of that at all and no one told me anything about my bra."

The rules state that "competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround".

Duan piled more misery on Bouchard as she defeated the Canadian 7-6(3), 6-4. Bouchard has now lost ten of her last 12 matches.

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