Wednesday 28 September 2016

Eugenie Bouchard reported for wearing wrong type of bra at Wimbledon

Published 01/07/2015 | 11:15

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in action against China's Ying-Ying Duan at Wimbledon yesterday
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in action against China's Ying-Ying Duan at Wimbledon yesterday

Eugenie Bouchard tumbled out at the first hurdle as the bottom half of the women's draw at Wimbledon lost one of its biggest stars.

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A year ago it was Bouchard who became the undisputed star of the show in the women's singles, drawing her Genie Army to the All England Club and powering through to the final, her athleticism and ebullience winning over the crowds.

She was all out of power on this occasion though, citing a stomach injury suffered in Eastbourne as a major factor in her 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 defeat at the hands of China's Duan Ying-Ying on Court Three.

"There was no question I was going to play even though I was advised not to," Bouchard, enduring a dismal season, said. "I'm disappointed because I lost and it was probably not the smartest decision."

The Canadian was reported to the referees’ office by the chair umpire during her match against Ying-Ying Duan for wearing a visible black bra.

Wimbledon’s strict clothing rules state that “undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than 1cm”.

The BBC’s official tennis Twitter account drew attention to the supposed infringement, but the tweet was later deleted. No action was taken by the Wimbledon referees and Bouchard said afterwards: “No one told me anything about my bra.”

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