Billie Jean King’s ‘pet peeve’ is Wimbledon’s ‘horrible’ all white uniform policy, and she’ll take it all on as an ambassador.
Ahead of her first visit to the All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon’s star player insists she has nothing against the All England’s all-white uniform policy.
King says while she enjoys the white ensemble, she does have a pet peeve about the ‘bad luck’ for her fellow black players wearing identical outfits.
1 She said: ‘I don’t have a problem with the All England’s policy. I’m not offended by it. I just have a problem with the bad luck of not being able to wear the white uniforms of the black ones in my matches.’
But she doesn’t want the All England’s all-white uniform policy to go any further.
She said: ‘I think it’s fine if you’re black and you are a member of your own team and you’re in your own team.
‘There is nothing wrong with that, I’ve never had any problem with that.
‘But the issue for me is that if you want to wear an all white outfit – and the black team members are able to wear it and they are wearing it just as white as the All England’s white outfit – then you’re not going to be in the All England’s outfit.
The All England’s all-white uniform policy
The All England’s All-White Uniform Policy was first introduced in the first of the two editions of the British Lawn Tennis Championships in 1931, and has been in place ever since.
The policy was first brought forward by the International Lawn Tennis Federation in 1928, and the first ever Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Tournament was held on the 18th of June in 1931.
It has been a part of Wimbledon for more than 130 years and has since grown into a multi-layered event with three separate days of competition, and the final takes place on Centre Court.
At the conclusion of the tournament, as part of the All England’s tradition, the winning players parade their individual trophies through the centre of the court before being awarded their own crown, and then walking across