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‘I just plan my rules around that’ – Tennis player opens up on Wimbledon’s strict white rule causing stress

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The Wimbledon championship is distinguished by the level of tennis matches it offers and the traditions it has. However, there are factors that cause problems but pass each year under the guise of tradition. One such factor is the strict dress code. Each participating player must wear white clothing. And no other color should occupy an area larger than 1cm on a player’s kit.

The problem with this rule is that it causes mental stress in players who compete during their menstrual cycle. The stress of a red spot will pop on an all-white outfit. Recently, Monica Puig, the Puerto Rican player, brought the case to light on Twitter.

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With Wimbledon on the doorstep, Puig took to Twitter and shared a thread discussing how the amount of menstruation affects a player’s game and wrote about Wimbledon. problem. “Definitely something that affects female athletes! Finally, bring it to everyone’s attention! Not to mention the mental stress of having to wear white to Wimbledon and praying you don’t get your period for those two weeks.

After the Rio Olympics gold medalist, Britain’s Heather Watson also opened up on the subject. She says, “I really like the tradition and I wouldn’t want to change that. My only stress is that I have my period, but I just plan my period around that.

“I’m probably going to take the pill just to not get my period for Wimbledon. It’s the thought process and the conversations the girls have about it. Watson, whose home ground is Wimbledon and has an added 2016 mixed doubles tournament title.

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The color is favored over others at Wimbledon due to its resistance to white spots caused by sweat. Although the fact that it stresses players out during their monthly menstrual cycle raises the question of the stringency surrounding it.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 General view of Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in action during her final match against Australia Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Paul Childs

Several WTA players, like Petra Kvitova, talked about it earlier. Although the two-time Wimbledon champion had no problems wearing white, she admitted, “It’s never really easy to face one more difficult thing. If we have to play the game or training or something like that, it’s difficult.

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A modified rule

Wimbledon, after receiving several player complaints about the slippery center court surface, has decided to change one of its longstanding rules. After watching the likes of Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic struggle to maintain a grip on the box. The statement was adopted that players will be allowed to train on center court before matches.

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By doing so, the humidity of the grass will decrease and the court will be more worn. Thus, imposing less threat of physical damage to players during a match. Also giving them a chance to read and settle down at court.

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