Wimbledon players slam Nike's 'lingerie' dress

2016-07-01 11:52
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Eugenie Bouchard (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Some female tennis athletes have complained about major sporting brand, Nike making uncomfortable dresses that look similar to 'lingerie'.

Nike has paid several athletes to wear a loose hanging dress complying with Wimbledon’s all-white apparel dress code; however some players feel it's not ideal and that's too revealing for the tournament.

According to the New York Times, Swedish player Rebecca Peterson said that the dress "flew everywhere" and she had to wear a long-sleeved shirt over the dress to put it in place during her preparations.

“When I was serving, it was coming up, and I felt like the dress was just everywhere,” Peterson said. “In general, it’s quite simple, the dress, but it was flying everywhere.”

The Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka wore leggings underneath the dress during her preparations.

Since the opening two days, alterations have been made to adjust the length and provide some comfort to the players.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard was one of the players wearing the loose fitting outfit when she defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4, with her dress flying up frequently during the match.

However, not all athletes are against it.

Bouchard, who defeated Johanna Konta on day four at the All England Club, said that she loves the nice design, which helps her move freely.

"It's funny that people paid a lot of attention to it, but I really think it's really nice," Bouchard told TSN.

Nike released a statement saying that the Nike Premier Slam dresses have not been recalled and that they have made alterations for athletes that feel uncomfortable.

Social media has gone crazy slamming Nike for their ‘lingerie-inspired’ outfit:

Defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is also sponsored by Nike, however they've made the seven-time title winner her own signature outfit.

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