CLIFF RICHARD may not have started an impromptu sing-along and Roger Federer may have ditched the gold-trimmed tennis bag that lit up Wimbledon in 2009, but this year’s tournament still offered plenty of moments worthy of the tennis hall of horrors.
And just to prove the spirit of 80s fashion and the classic on-court tantrum are still alive and well at the All England Club, we’ve picked the best of the toe-curlers from this year’s championships.
Baby clothes – In what can only have been the most embarrassing dare since records began, Venus Williams’ one-piece playsuit and gold hot-pants combo sent a shudder through the fashion world.
Chump to champ – Meltdown maestro John McEnroe must have been using Derren Brown-style mind control as eventual winner Novak Djokovic took out his issues with Marcos Baghdatis by introducing an innocent racquet to the ground, again and again.
Sneaker storm – It was raining trainers when grumpy Argentine Juan Del Potro’s sole-searching response to his match being halted for the evening was to fire his footwear into the unsuspecting spectators.
Racquet launcher – Today’s tennis equipment is made of stern stuff, as Alex Bogomolov Jr discovered when he tried to disassemble his high-tech graphite accessory by whacking the lawn, only to see it bounce over an 8ft wall and possibly land in Wimbledon High Street.
New balls – Bethanie Mattek-Sands gets a double fault for her eyeball-melting, tennis ball-covered, tasselled cowboy jacket and anti-glare face patches, plus her on-court hissy fit against Misako Doi as the Lady Gaga of tennis went, well, gaga.
What did you make of Djokovic’s racquet abuse, or Venus’ fashion faux pas? Do they rank in the all-time Wimbledon shocks list, or are they pale imitations of past horrors? And what were your favourite shockers of 2011? Let us know by leaving a comment. And for sport, film and TV chit-chat, follow @tvfrombt on Twitter/tvfrombt.
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