During his pre-match press conference ahead of his opening round clash against Englishman Paul Jubb, Australian showman Nick Kyrgios mentioned his affinity for black outfits. Traditionally Wimbledon has had this all-white dress code. “But I don’t think it’s something that’s going to change, I don’t know,” the 27-year-old Australian said.
“I think it would be cool to allow, like, a black headband or black sweatband. I think it would look cool. Obviously Wimbledon doesn’t really care what looks cool… I don’t think it will ever change,” he added.
For some point in their history, the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open were all played on grass. Even though the other continents have adopted hard courts and clay courts to play, the dress code has remained nearly half a decade later. Maybe this bit of history would infuse the Canberra born Aussie with some optimism.
Wimbledon and its all-whites history
The purists of the game believe that the all-white dress code for Wimbledon is in coherence with how the tournament is tied to it’s roots and maintains it’s exclusivity. Kyrgios clearly isn’t a huge fan. If you come to think of it, even sponsor companies would appreciate if Wimbledon doesn’t work so strictly with it’s outfit rules. They can unleash the latest fashions for their players to sport while the whole world watches them.
However, there will then be little to separate the Wimbledon from the other Grand Slam tournaments. Even before you get anywhere close to making this decision, something in your bones tells you it’s going to be met with vehement opposition.
For now, Kyrgios will do well to focus on his game on Tuesday. You’d think some wins stretched together under his belt would make the authorities consider his outfit ideas? We all know better than that. But it’s always very Kyrgios-like to express his opinions overtly. You’d question if it’s really even him if he doesn’t.