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Wimbledon without white

May 24th, 2012
Zoë Sophos

Photo credit: wikimedia commons Wimbledon’s all-white dress code will be replaced by the colors of the Olympic teams this year, according to The 125th Wimbledon Championships starting June 25 will be immediately followed by the Olympic Games tennis at Wimbledon starting July 28, providing a chance for players from all over the world to flaunt their flags’ colors on the grass of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

"The look will be the look of the Games. There will be more color. It will be a special Wimbledon," International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti said in a news release last Tuesday. "The rule for clothing will be the rule for the Olympics, so there will be much more color in terms of what the players wear.”

The All England Club is notoriously traditional, dating back to the first tennis championships held in 1877. Players who are accustomed to a strict all white dress code, customary strawberries and cream and visits from the Queen to watch the finals are excited to mix things up this year.

"It's the Olympics and so at that point it won't be Wimbledon, so that's what makes it different," said Venus Williams, who won doubles with her sister Serena at the 2008 Games in Beijing. "We'll be wearing team colors. Red, white and blue all the way — and hopefully gold."