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Tennis: weird wardrobes
By Mazizi Ndzimela | Wed, 20 Jun 2012


Wimbledon will never be the same again.

Thanks to the Olympic Games taking a turn in London, tennis players have been given licence to thrill in the upcoming tournament – this year, for the first time, the traditional white clothing will make way for some colour.

Tennis players have been permitted to wear clothing in support of their national teams participating in the Games.

But as much as we love the idea of brightening things up, we find ourselves a little uneasy at what might be in store.

Tennis trendsetters have been known to go overboard in their quest to be noticed, but they don’t always get it right...

And when it goes wrong, we find ourselves thinking that they should be taken to court for their crimes against fashion. Preferably not a tennis court.

This week we go undercover as the fashion police, on a mission to find the most “interesting” outfits to ever grace a tennis court.

Venus Williams
There is no disputing the talent of Venus Williams on the court. But the white playsuit and her lingerie-looking outfit should have never seen the light of day.



Bethanie Mattek-Sands
To be hailed as the “Lady Gaga of the tennis world” is not easy, but Bethanie Mattek-Sands never fails to amaze. At the 2004 US Open she rocked a leopard print outfit that will unfortunately be engraved on our minds for decades to come.



Still, her fluorescent green dress with tennis ball motif and a Mohican-style hat – at the pre-Wimbledon party last year was just out of order.

Maria Sharapova
It’s hard to find anything wrong with the recently crowned Women’s French Open champion. She has been featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and is the face of fashion house Cole Haan. Sadly, this does not excuse the dress she wore at the 2010 Australian Open.


Dominik Hrbaty
What prompted this epic fail from Dominik Hrbaty? He decided to wear a cut out shirt revealing his shoulder blades... Our response: "Dude, are you wearing a sports bra?"



John McEnroe
John McEnroe is remembered for his outbursts, but his headband collection and out of control hair was also priceless.



SuperSport viewers can tune in to SS2/SSHD at 12:30 to witness this year's colourful Wimbledon Championships.
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