Wimbledon 2016 faces another controversy after Nike’s skimpy and unnecessarily short dress for women professional tennis players. Sabine Lisicki recently rejected the dress because she didn’t feel comfortable wearing it.
German professional tennis player Sabine Lisicki jilted Nike’s new dress for women tennis players at Wimbledon 2016. She said it’s too short and it has the tendency to fly as high as her waistline.
“I tried it on but didn’t feel comfortable showing that much,” she said after changing to an alternative outfit when she won 6-1 6-3 against Shelby Rogers from the United States.
She explained to Daily Mail UK that she took several test on the number of outfits to wear during the Wimbledon 2016 match. These outfits included Nike’s controversial new addition. At the end, she chose the traditional court dress because of its comfortable feeling.
“Why did I choose it? Because I felt comfortable in it. For me, the most important feeling is to feel comfortable and not to think about anything, and with this I feel great,” Lisicki added.
“I like it. I think it looks good. It’s classic. So that’s why I picked that one. It’s good, no?” she continued.
Nike’s “Premiere Slam” dress is worth £100 which is approximately around $132 structured to feature a nipped in waist and a higher neckline. All England Club spokesman explained why they approved this design amid too revealing features.
“We approved it because it fully complies with our color regulations,” he said. Wimbledon 2016 regulations merely cover strict all-white dress code considering the “common standards of decency are required at all times” rule of the tournament.
Nike released a statement to Yahoo Style about recalling the products for further alterations based from various complaints received. “The product has not been recalled, and we often customize products and make alterations for athletes as they compete,” Nike wrote.
“We work closely with our athletes to provide them with product that helps them perform and feel their best on the court,” the statement added.
Among the other tennis players who will have an altered outfit will be Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard, and Laura Robson. Their dresses will be lengthened.
However, Serena Williams has to wear a slightly adapted version since she’s the company’s highest profile endorser of the event. So, she has to wear the “Nike Women’s Premier Wimbledon Serena SW19 Dress.”
Photo courtesy: Instagram.com/@sabinelisicki