Red Knicker day at Wimbledon

June 28th, 2007

The 19 year old blonde, French teenager Tatiana Golovin risked breaking the strict Wimbledon dress code when she appeared on an outside court for her rain-delayed first-round match against Su-Wei Hsieh, of Taiwan, wearing red knicker.

But after a probe during a rain break, the blonde-haired beauty was cleared when the offending undergarment were officially designated ‘knicker’ rather than ‘cycling short’. Had her red undies reached down beneath the level of her skirt, Golovin would have been ordered to leave the ground by Wimbledon officials.

The Wimbledon rules state:

Each individual item of clothing must be almost entirely white. Any competitor who appears on court dressed in a manner deemed unsuitable by the Committee will be liable to be defaulted.

After being cleared, 17th seed Golovin said, 

“They said that Red is a color that proves you are strong and confident, so I’m happy with my red knickers. I’ll keep wearing them as long as I keep winning. They are lucky.For these two weeks, it’s going to be red. Then it’s a surprise for after that.”

After grinding out a 5-7 6-3 8-6 victory to earn a second-round meeting with 16-year-old Tamira Paszek, Golovin intends to stick with her lucky red pants for as long as she remains in the tournament.

Of 15 questions asked at the 19-year-old’s post match press conference, 10 were related to her underwear.

Update :

The chance to see Tatiana Golovin’s red knickers is over, as the French 17th seed lost to Tamira Paszek of Austria by 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round. Golovin, whose red underwear earned her worldwide celebrity for a day, caught the attention for an entirely different reason.

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