Venus Williams' Outfit Causes Stir During Wimbledon Win

One headline reads, "Great Play, Awful Outfit."

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Venus Williams' tennis outfit is the center of focus at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams is in the press again for another fashion flub. Although she readily disposed of Akgul Amanmuradova in a 6-3, 6-1 victory at Wimbledon, sports commentators and critics could talk only of her outfit. Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle writes:

It seemed nobody could quite find the words to describe Venus Williams' outfit on Court 2, except that it conformed to the All England Club's all-white requirement. Draping oddly over her shoulders, open in the back and generally unwieldy, it brought to mind togas, or hospital gowns.

Most agreed that it was an outright disaster, as opposed to Venus' play in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan. Venus got it done in 59 minutes, committing only five unforced errors and not once facing a break point.

Jenkins reports, " 'It's a jumper,' Venus said of her self-designed attire. 'Jumpers are very now, kind of trendy. The back is kind of, I don't know, like a cutout or a peekaboo. I'm always trying to do something different and fun.' "

Well, since I've been called a fashion nazi for questioning Venus' use of outfits that draw more attention to her clothing and less attention to her fantastic play, I'll refrain from commenting, other than it was a hot mess. Unlike the U.S. Open, at least it wasn't bedazzled. Why Williams insists on making her clothes the focus of her play as opposed to her tremendous skill and ability, I don't know. Perhaps I'm taking her "fun" outfit too seriously, so I'll ask you: Do you think this "jumper" is appropriate for play at Wimbledon?

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