Bikini-loving star forced to borrow coachs bra at Wimbledon due to strict rules

Bikini-loving star Mihaela Buzarnescu had to borrow a bra from her coach after falling foul of Wimbledon's strict dress-code.

The Romanian ace found herself in hot water with the tournament's rule-makers before her first round match against Germany's Nastasja Mariana Schunk last week. Buzarnescu, ranked 127th in the world, turned up to Court 2 wearing a black bra.

In the 21st century, you might think that such attire would not cause a problem. But SW19's archaic dress-code details that all competitors – male or female – "must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white." This includes lingerie.

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With just minutes to go until her first round match was due to get underway, that left Buzarnescu with a bit of a problem. But thankfully her coach came to the rescue.

"My bustier was too black and could be seen up here (pointing to the bust area) and I had to change it," Buzarnescu explained afterwards.

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"The white one I had was too transparent and you could see everything underneath and I couldn't wear it, so I borrowed from my coach, I took her bustier. That's good, we did it," she added.

Buzarnescu's quick-change act didn't have any impact on her performance as the 34-year-old breezed past Schunk in straight sets to secure a spot in round two.

"I was extremely happy, especially after the injury I suffered a few days ago, when I didn't even know if I would be able to play in this tournament or not, and especially to be in the shape I was, after a short accommodation time."

It is not the first time Wimbledon's strict dress-code has caused problems, specifically for female players. In 2014 some stars, including Britain's Naomi Broady, had to remove their bras as they had slight colouration on them.

"Some of the girls have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight colour on them," BBC pundit and 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash raged on BBC Radio 5 Live at the time.

"I believe some of the girls didn’t have suitable sports bras and had to go without them. It has absolutely gone ridiculous."

As for Buzarnescu, the Romanian's Wimbledon journey came to an end just a couple of days later as she was dumped out by 11th seed Coco Gauff.


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