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For Some at Wimbledon, Nike’s Dress Just Doesn’t Do It

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Some players criticized the NikeCourt Premier Slam Dress for flying up. Katie Boulter tied a headband around her waist to serve as a belt, which held the fabric somewhat more in place.

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WIMBLEDON, England — For the female tennis players wearing Nike at Wimbledon, one style did not fit all.

Instead of the typical outfits Nike offers most players who are paid to wear its apparel, the company issued a loosely hanging, short dress. It was white, in accordance with Wimbledon’s dress code. But it was not exactly performance gear, according to several players. Wardrobe changes have ensued.

“When I was serving, it was coming up, and I felt like the dress was just everywhere,” said Rebecca Peterson of Sweden. “In general, it’s quite simple, the dress, but it was flying everywhere.”

Katie Boulter improvised by tying a headband around her waist to serve as a belt, which held the fabric somewhat more in place. Lucie Hradecka wore leggings underneath the dress, effectively turning it into a shirt.

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