'Idiotic decision': Wimbledon savaged over utterly bizarre outfit rule

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Karen Khachanov (pictured) showing hit to the chair umpire after it was deemed to have breached the Wimbledon dress code.
Karen Khachanov (pictured) was pulled up due to the black on the inside of his hit, which was deemed to have breached Wimbledon's strict dress code. (Image: Twitter)

The strict Wimbledon dress code has once against come into question after Karen Khachanov was forced to replace an item of clothing over a tiny bizarre detail.

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The Canadian won the boys' crown in 2016 and is giving himself the best chance of replicating that in the men's draw.

But the match was filled with drama during play and between points after Khachanov was pulled aside by the chair umpire when officials noticed a detail on his cap.

Khachanov appeared to be wearing all white attire, which matches the strict Wimbledon dress code, when the chair umpire grabbed his attention in the change over.

The Russian was told their was too much black in the inside of his baseball-style Nike hat.

This is despite very little view of any darker shades on the hat, which was all white on the outside.

Khachanov appeared taken aback at the request to remove the hat.

What made the call even more puzzling was his opponent, Shapovalov, was wearing black ankle guards.

But, under rule No.7 of Wimbledon’s official dress code: “Caps (including the underbill), headbands, bandanas, wristbands and socks must be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre.”

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Fans questioned the rule considering Khachanov was wearing the hat backwards so the black was even less visible.

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The All England Club's dress code caused confusion before the main draw begun when Dutch player Indy de Vroome found that out the hard way during qualifying.

The 25-year-old was in action at the qualifying tournament in Roehampton when she fell foul of the all-white dress code.

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De Vroome posted a photo on social media showing her being told off by the tournament supervisor for the hat she was wearing.

“The ref telling me that the inside of my cap isn’t white enough,” De Vroome wrote.

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