Can female tennis players wear shorts at Wimbledon or do they have to wear skirts?
Wimbledon is famous for its strict dress code which makes it one of the most traditional sporting tournament in the world.
The rules on predominantly white clothing are well known, but just how strict are they on what the female players can wear?
What many people are wondering is whether the ladies have to wear skirts or is that just a fashion choice and they can wear something else if they want?
Thankfully, Wimbledon are not stopping the ladies wearing something that the men do.
As demonstrated by Jelena Ostapenko in the above photo, women are welcome to wear shorts if they want, there is no rule enforcing skirts upon them.
Ostapenko got to the semi-finals this year where she was beaten in straight sets by Angelique Kerber.
The Wimbledon website simply states that competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire and is then much more concerned about the colour rather than the style.
All 10 points of the dress code mention how white any garments should be, whilst there is very little guidance on what type of clothing to wear.
Why do players have to wear white?
The rule simply came about for aesthetic reasons, dating way back to the 19th century.
Tennis was played at very formal occasions and obviously visible sweat patches were seen as unseemly, especially for the women of the time.
As a result, white clothing became a must and this tradition has lasted to this day at the London tournament.
Wimbledon competitors dress code
1) Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.
2) White does not include off white or cream.
3) There should be no solid mass or panel of colouring. A single trim of colour around the neckline and around the cuff of the sleeve is acceptable but must be no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
4) Colour contained within patterns will be measured as if it is a solid mass of colour and should be within the one centimetre (10mm) guide. Logos formed by variations of material or patterns are not acceptable.
5) The back of a shirt, dress, tracksuit top or sweater must be totally white.
6) Shorts, skirts and tracksuit bottoms must be totally white except for a single trim of colour down the outside seam no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
7) Caps, headbands, bandanas, wristbands and socks must be totally white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
8) Shoes must be almost entirely white, including the soles. Large manufacturers logos are not encouraged. The grass court shoes must adhere to the Grand Slam rules. In particular shoes with pimples around the outside of the toes shall not be permitted. The foxing around the toes must be smooth.
9) Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm). In addition, common standards of decency are required at all times.
10) Medical supports and equipment should be white if possible but may be coloured if absolutely necessary.
As per the Wimbledon website which states these rules apply to all clothing, including tracksuits and sweaters, worn on The Championship courts both for practice and for matches.