The red French knickers causing a stir at Wimbledon


Last updated at 21:03 27 June 2007

At first glance, she appeared to be the image of a traditional Wimbledon player.

But as soon as Tatiana Golovin launched her first serve, it became abundantly clear that she was anything but.

Beneath her pristine white tennis dress the blonde-haired French 19-year-old wore a pair of shocking red knickers.

And everytime she jumped for a shot - or leapt into the air while serving - her crimson pants were clearly visible to anyone who cared to look. Which many did.

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Tatiana Golovin

Despite the All England Club's famously strict dress code, it appears that Miss Golovin's saucy display did not break the rules because the shorts were shorter than the hem of her dress.

But old heads at the venerable club were shocked by what they saw.

One said: "Strictly speaking players can wear any colour undergarments they like but it has always been a Wimbledon convention to wear white - especially for the ladies.

"Some of the old hands at the club wanted to have a word in her coach's ear about the situation but they decided to leave it. She's an extremely attractive young woman and nobody felt it was right to speak to her about her knickers."

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red knickers

Despite the mutterings, it appears that Miss Golovin's underwear may have brought their wearer some luck - the 17th seed beat unseeded Su-Wei Hsieh 5-7, 6-3, 8-6.

Afterwards the Moscow-born teenager - who listed Dirty Dancing and Grease as her favourite films - was unrepentant about her choice of underwear.

She said: "They say red is the colour that proves that you're strong and you're confident, so I'm happy with my red knickers."

And she promised she would keep wearing them as long as she kept winning, saying: "For now, for these two weeks it's going to be red. Then it's a surprise for after."


Miss Golovin's lenient treatment contrasts with that meted out to British player Naomi Cavaday who was was ordered off court to change her skirt on Monday, during the match in which she nearly beat former Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis,

At the time officials said that a logo on the garment was "too colourful" and she was asked to change after confirming to the umpire that she had a replacement.

A Wimbledon spokesman said: "The rules state that players can wear any colour underwear they like provided it is no longer than their shorts or skirt. Anything else must be all white, but in this instance there has been no breach of the rules."

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