We’ve had lots of underwear police jokes at work today. Mostly at the expense of the Wimbledon tournament.
I think it’s the most hilarious example of anal retentiveness imaginable. I find the ever so somber umpire the most hilarious. Underwear inspector extraordinaire , he’ll never let a pink thong slip by on his watch! LOL I guess the cup has to be white too?
I find the “all-white” rule to be annoyingly classist. In my fantasy world, the top ten seeds would wear whatever they wanted in their first match and then walk out when the umpires complained. Forfeiting as necessary. Let’s see the All England make money without the best players.
Alas, the money is too much, so the rule will continue.
I don’t think it is an obsession. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of this happening in 30+ years of watching. Most sports have a dress or uniform code and Wimbledon just happens to specify white. All sports are an artificial construction and limit free expression, dress, equipment and behaviour to a greater or lesser extent. Don’t like it? feel free not to attend.
Well, in soccer, basketball, and quite a few other sports there are very good reasons for "uniformity " among athletes…it is very helpful to be able to tell at a glance which players belong to which teams. Tennis, not so much.
Of course no one has to watch Wimbledon if they don’t want to, but that misses the point, which is that policing underwear in this manner is serious overkill and makes officials look petty and stupid.
I am as interested in tennis as in designing tiny stethoscopes to monitor tiny fish heartbeats; but every discipline has to maintain rules and standards otherwise you end up with Rodney Dangerfield styled vulgarians in day-glo pink outfits playing with motorized rackets.
The problem has been a lack of enforcement so far. The players should henceforth be required to enter the courts in their underwear which can be examined by the judges. After approval they can don their traditional garments (which look pretty much like underwear already). Then they may play their silly game without fear of corruption by pigments in fabric.