Game, set and a flash; How the girls brought a new frill to Wimbledon.
FIFTY years ago "Gorgeous" Gussie Moran stepped onto the hallowed Wimbledon Centre Court in a white frock and daring frilly frill
1. A ruffled, gathered, or pleated border or projection, such as a fabric edge used to trim clothing or a curled paper strip for decorating the end of the bone of a piece of meat.
The crowd gasped and photographers threw themselves to the ground to get better pictures of the shocking pants.
It was modest attire by today's standards but that afternoon in 1949 changed the tournament for ever.
Until American Gussie appeared women were hampered by everything from long skirts - like those worn by Blanche Bingley, six times women's singles title winner from 1886-1900 - to corsets and high heels.
Then, to the horror of the upright members of the All England Club, the ladies' outfits - or rather the lack of them - began to cause as much excitement as the games.
Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly expressed her individuality in the Fifties with alternative fabrics and detachable skirts.
Outfits worn by Lea Pericoli, of Italy, generated so much excitement they were kept top secret until she appeared. She caused a sensation in 1964 in a dress trimmed with white fur worn with a pair of very frilly knickers.
Rosemary Casals was the first to be sent off court to change her clothes after she appeared in a dress with purple squiggles in 1972.
Another embroidered em·broi·der
v. em·broi·dered, em·broi·der·ing, em·broi·ders
1. To ornament with needlework: embroider a pillow cover.
2. with "You've come a long way baby", was also banned.
After that, prematch inspections became the norm.
With her slinky slink·y
adj. slink·i·er, slink·i·est
1. Stealthy, furtive, and sneaking.
2. Informal Graceful, sinuous, and sleek: wore a slinky outfit to the party. , figure hugging mini-dresses Chris Evert ensured complete mobility on the court as well as being number one tennis pinup pin·up
a. A picture, especially of a sexually attractive person, that is displayed on a wall.
b. A person considered a suitable model for such a picture.
2. during the Seventies. In 1980 teenage prodigy Andrea Jaeger, famous for her long schoolgirl hair bunches, looked like she was taking part in a games lesson with her unsexy outfit.
Unknown American Anne White shocked with a white lycra catsuit cat·suit
A tight-fitting one-piece garment for women usually made of leather or a synthetic fabric such as spandex and covering the torso, legs, and sometimes the arms.
catsuit, cattail cat in 1985. She was banned from wearing it the following day.
Two years ago even Martina Hingis, normally known for her no-frills outfits, wore revealing bikini style briefs.
The following year she reverted to more matronly underpants.
Monica Seles pushed the rules to new limits with a see-through dress over clingy white bodysuit
In clothing, a bodysuit, or body, is a leotard-like garment that may or may not have snaps at the crotch. last year.
And men stood on boxes and benches this year to ogle o·gle
v. o·gled, o·gling, o·gles
1. To stare at.
2. To stare at impertinently, flirtatiously, or amorously.
v.intr. Russian Anna Kournikova in her microdress, perhaps the shortest ever seen at Wimbledon.
Victorian Blanche would live up to her name at the very thought.