Wimbledon has relaxed its dress code to allow women to wear dark shorts
The All England Club said on Thursday it would relax its strict rules on white dresses at the Wimbledon Championships, allowing female players to wear dark shorts and relieving a potential source of anxiety during menstruation.
The decision follows discussions with the women’s tennis body WTA, apparel manufacturers and medical groups on how to best support women and girls competing in tournaments, grassroots Grand Slam organizers said.
All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton said in a statement: “We are committed to supporting players and listening to their views on how they can perform better.
“Following consultation with players and representatives of several stakeholder groups, I am pleased to confirm that the governing body has taken the decision to renew the white dress rule at Wimbledon.
“That means, from next year, women and girls competing in the championships will have the option to wear colored undershorts if they choose.
“It is our hope that this rule adjustment will help players fully focus on their performance, eliminating a potential concern.”