Tennis-Lady Gaga in long socks out of tune at Wimbledon
Bethanie Mattek-Sands wore an outfit that lived up to her reputation as the Lady Gaga of tennis but the...
Bethanie Mattek-Sands wore an outfit that lived up to her reputation as the Lady Gaga of tennis but the number 30 seed failed to hit the high notes as she was dumped out of Wimbledon in the first round on Wednesday.
A gaggle of photographers lay in wait for the eye-catching American who walked on to Court 14 daubed in war-paint and wearing a tasselled jacket adorned with white tennis balls.
But while her knee-length white socks might have left an impression on the fashionistas, her tennis was more highstreet bargain than catwalk chic as she lost 6-4 5-7 7-5 to Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi, ranked 133rd in the world.
"I'm not hitting a ball in this, don't worry," she shouted to reporters as she stripped off her jacket to reveal a skin tight dress with a sleeve cut off to show a string of floral tattoos up her arm.
Mattek-Sands regularly falls foul of the sport's fashion police and was fined for wearing a cowboy hat at the 2005 U.S. Open.
Doi, whose white t-shirt was more in tune with the All England Club's conservative dress code, was unmoved by her opponent's attire.
"I was surprised to see it," she told reporters. "I don't think it would have suited me."
Mattek-Sands's unusual garb left a bigger impression on the fans who had come to watch her than her inconsistent groundstrokes which frequently failed to find their target.
"I think it's fun and brings more attention to tennis," said Mary-Beth Ash, a supporter from Boston.
"I saw her at the French Open and thought the knee-length socks were pretty cool."