“Flesh Fault” on tennis courts

AUSTRALIAN Open referees will double as fashion police to stamp out skimpy outfits at the Melbourne event.

Open officials have threatened fines of up to $2000 for any player caught flouting its strict dress code after French player Alize Cornet caused a stir at the Hopman Cup last week.

The teenager wore a short skirt and revealing, see-through top during a doubles match at the tournament in Perth (see above).

One of game’s great players, Margaret Court, condemned her attire last night, saying it pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable.

And Open officials said they would review the rising star’s outfits ahead of the tournament from January 19 to February 1.

Tennis officials have also cracked down on trumpets, flares and other anti-social items at Melbourne Park.

Court, Australia’s greatest female player, said the revealing outfits of today’s female players made them “look like they should be on the beach”.

“I just don’t think the tennis court is the place to be everything clingy and showing everything,” she said.

Court, a three-time Wimbledon champion and winner of 62 Grand Slam events, said fashion had gone overboard.

“Women don’t need to expose themselves so much,” she said.

“You’re good at something, you do it well, you can look so nice without needing to reveal everything.

“If they think everybody’s looking at their body and they’ve got see-through and no bra (outfits), it would have to affect your game.”

Australian Open referee Wayne McKewen said player’s outfits would be scrutinised in Melbourne.

“They should be dressed in what we say is tennis attire,” he said. “The girls do know that they have to present themselves in a professional manner.”

Australian Family Association Victorian president Angela Conway said athletes should be conscious of the influence their choice of clothing had on children.

Racy clothes are not the only things banned at the Open – whistles, trumpets, flares, fireworks, laser pointers, musical instruments and political and religious banners, T-shirts and flyers are also prohibited.

“Paranoia is knowing all the facts.” – Woody Allen

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