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Saturday 26 July 2014

Wimbledon knickers checks are just creepy – Caroline

Tom Rowley and Claire Duffin

Published 28/06/2014|02:30

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Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki

CAROLINE Wozniacki has warned that checks at Wimbledon to see if female players are wearing white knickers would be "creepy".

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The former world number one tennis player was referring to the enforcement of the all-white rule, which means that coloured undergarments have been banned from the tournament's courts.

Some women have been forced to play without a bra, it was claimed, after the All- England Club even prohibited "off-white or cream" clothing, only allowing a coloured trim no more than 1cm wide.

Andrew Jarrett, the tournament referee, wrote to players warning that "undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white".

Speaking yesterday following her third-round victory over Ana Konjuh, the Croatian player, Wozniacki said: "Usually I don't wear coloured underwear whenever you have to wear white. If the colour of the bra is really bright and the top is see-through, you can see it."

The Danish player added: "I don't think anyone is showing off their underwear like that and getting it checked. That would be pretty creepy."

In previous years, players such as Serena Williams have worn colourful underwear to brighten up their tennis whites.

But Wozniacki had little sympathy for players who breached the regulations. "I think everyone was told before Wimbledon you have to wear white," she said. Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has claimed there was disquiet over the new rules in the locker room.

He criticised the "archaic thinking" and said championship officials were behaving "ridiculously" over the issue. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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