Kyrgios wore a red cap to Wimbledon. Here’s why that’s controversial

Kyrgios wore a red cap to Wimbledon. Here’s why that’s controversial

Throughout Sunday’s three-hour Wimbledon final, Nick Kyrgios was on his best behavior

at least when it came to the tennis tournament’s notoriously strict dress code. Then it came time to accept his trophy.

For that occasion, which took place minutes after the Australian lost in four sets to defending champion Novak Djokovic

Kyrgios swapped out his white cap for a bright red Nike Jordan cap

a move that flouted nearly a century and a half of tournament tradition calling for players to wear white clothing on court.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who handed Kyrgios his runner-up trophy, did not noticeably react to Kyrgios’s faux pas

Other observers, however, were astonished — especially because Kyrgios had gotten flak after donning the red cap earlier in the tournament.

One journalist called the move Kyrgios’s “final act of defiance.” Others pointed out that Kyrgios might get fined

As of early Monday, a Wimbledon spokeswoman was unable to confirm whether Kyrgios had been penalized.

The rule that players wear white on the tennis court dates to the tournament’s beginning, in 1877

At that time, it was generally believed that sweating was improper and that white clothing would either curb a player’s perspiration or hide it

Time reported. Yet as times have changed, the dress code at Wimbledon has not eased up

In fact, it has become stricter, with tournament officials even checking the color of players’ underwear during matches.

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