Wimbledon is not only the oldest tennis tournament and the most prestigious but also the only Grand Slam on grass court! Quite the particularities for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’s tennis tournament, wouldn’t you agree?
Even the general rules aren’t bent at Wimbledon: all the players must wear white. All white from head to toes! Although most of world’s tennis tournaments have long changed and forgotten the all-white-equipment, there’s not possible to get away without a warning on Wimbledon’s green grass court if your tennis getup is less than 90% white! But that rule doesn’t apply to the Ball Boys and Girls, though! For 9 years, the Wimbledon officials and Ball Boys and Girls are dressed by Ralph Lauren!
Yes, an American designer dressing the All England Lawn Tennis tournament personnel! It was unheard of until the 2006 Wimbledon Grand Slam. Tennis professionals and fashion professionals seem to agree that this is a positive style era for world’s most conservative tennis tournament. What will the future bring to Wimbledon, fashion wise it is yet to be announced (the current Ralph Lauren contract ends this year). But I admit that, despite the solid seal of approval, I can’t wait to see some change in the Ball Boys and Girls Wimbledon court uniforms!
Going back and forth from green to blue and back has been subtle and sweet but there’s only so many years we can handle the same blue uniforms. Am I the only one feeling the need for the slightest change? For a quick taste of variation?
The green and blue Ralph Lauren ensembles and the Babolat Propulse tennis sneakers are all made available through the Wimbledon Shop as every year and they will continue to be part of their offer until next year’s tournament.
See also: The 10 commandments of style!
We all admire the grace, strength, precision and loyalty that ball boys and girls show on the Wimbledon courts – beyond the steep fashion issue (and the mighty $ contract), a grueling training and extreme preparations await the aspiring BBG! For the only 250 positions, 700 applicants enter the selection process for which they have been proposed by their very school teachers! The final sift-through is not definitive even in the 3 months preceding the actual tournament.
Physical and theoretical training for the kids under 15 are much needed as they will have to be prepared for 12-hours long shifts during the Wimbledon Grand Slam tours! At the end, all Ball Boys and Girls get to keep their equipment, a 120-200GBP fee for their outstanding service and they also add a stellar detail to their resume ! Having worked on the Wimbledon courts during the tournament is something that will attest to the kids drive and focus in their future endeavors. And rightfully so – their training includes Military elements!
From now on ,when you’re watching the Wimbledon tennis tournament matches, pay close attention to the Ball Boys and Girls as they’re loyally, seriously and unmissably serving the game! I wonder what the Mutua Spain Open ball girls have to say in their defense!