sport news Aussie tennis star reveals she had to SKIP her period to play on at Wimbledon trends now

sport news Aussie tennis star reveals she had to SKIP her period to play on at Wimbledon trends now
sport news Aussie tennis star reveals she had to SKIP her period to play on at Wimbledon trends now

sport news Aussie tennis star reveals she had to SKIP her period to play on at Wimbledon trends now

The strict Wimbledon dress code has come under fire again, with Aussie tennis star Daria 'Dasha' Saville revealing that she had to 'skip her period around Wimbledon' due to the stress of having to wear all-white at the tournament.

The dress code has historical roots dating back to the 1870s - and in fact has gotten even more strict in recent times.

Players at the All-England Club 'must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white ... white does not include off-white or cream,' according to the official Wimbledon clothing and equipment rules.

Daria Saville plays a forehand during her round one match at Wimbledon, where she felt the need to skip her period due to the tournament's strict dress code

Daria Saville plays a forehand during her round one match at Wimbledon, where she felt the need to skip her period due to the tournament's strict dress code

Saville (nee Gavrilova), who is currently ranked 98th in the world after a horror injury run, is a supporter of the dress code - but like other female players, she's admitted it is stressful to adhere to. 

'Recently just being at Wimbledon, I was talking with my friend saying that I love the all-white look, but then a few girls said they hate it because it sucks to wear all white while being on your period,' she told The Daily Aus

'It's true, I myself had to skip my period around Wimbledon for the reason that I didn't want to worry about bleeding through. We already have enough stress.' 

Daria Saville plays a shot during her doubles match with fellow Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic

Daria Saville plays a shot during her doubles match with fellow Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic

Recently retired player Monica Puig agreed with Saville, calling for further discussion around the subject.

'Definitely something that affects female athletes! Finally bringing it to everyone's attention,' she wrote on Twitter when replying to a post that discussed how menstruation is a factor for top seeds losing in the women's draw.

'Not to mention the mental stress of having to wear all white at Wimbledon and praying not to have your period during those two weeks.'

Puerto Rican player Monica Puig also called the Wimbledon dress code stressful

Puerto Rican player Monica Puig also called the Wimbledon dress code stressful

Saville's period affected her tennis during her first ever Australian Open, in 2013, when she suffered a loss to Lesia Tsurenko. 

'One time I got a period mid-match. I went to the bathroom and then was like, 'Oh, surprise!' We are only allowed two toilet breaks during a match,' she wrote on Instagram. 

'Thank God I had a female umpire. I explained to her what is happening and then I waited for someone to bring me a tampon because I didn't have any. 

'It was also 38 degrees on that day; that's why I said it sucks to be a girl sometimes.'

Daria Saville playing during an Australian Open match where she got her period during play

Daria Saville playing during an Australian Open match where she got her period during play

British star Heather Watson has revealed she also had to skip her period due to Wimbledon's ban on players wearing any colour other than white

British star Heather Watson has revealed she also had to skip her period due to Wimbledon's ban on players wearing any colour

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