Kristina Mladenovic turns heads at Wimbledon with eye-catching outfit

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Kristina Mladenovic, pictured here wearing a crop top in her first-round match at Wimbledon.
Kristina Mladenovic wore a crop top in her first-round match at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

Kristina Mladenovic has turned heads with her eye-catching outfit at Wimbledon in a sign that the All England Club may be relaxing its strict dress code.

Mladenovic was no match for 2018 champion Angelique Kerber as the 15th seed won 6-0 7-5 in their opening-round battle.

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However it was Mladenovic's outfit that was the talk of the tennis world, with the Frenchwoman sporting a crop top at the All England Club.

French journalist Carole Bouchard said Mladenovic's outfit highlighted the fact that Wimbledon had become more open in regards to fashion choices in recent years.

Angelique Kerber and Kristina Mladenovic, pictured here shaking hands after their match at Wimbledon.
Angelique Kerber and Kristina Mladenovic shake hands after their match at Wimbledon. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

While the grass-court grand slam still demands players wear all white, they appear to be more accepting of certain styles nowadays.

“Mladenovic playing in what the young gen is calling a crop top, but what my gen is calling a bra,” Bouchard tweeted.

“Sign of the times that Wimbledon has no issue with that. Still can remember the year some had troubles because of ‘too short’ skirts lol.”

Tennis producer David Kane tweeted: “The structured effect on the Adidas crop top Mladenovic has on is giving … Madonna cone bra?”

Fans were also loving the fashion statement, taking to social media to praise Mladenovic for the bold choice.

Emma Raducanu channels Rafa Nadal with outfit

It wasn't just Mladenovic who caught the attention of fans with her outfit, with Emma Raducanu also turning heads.

The British 19-year-old was spotted wearing a shirt with Nadal's famous raging bull logo on the front for a practice session on Monday, before wearing a similar polo shirt to her post-match press conference.

The US Open champion said she is looking to learn from the 22-time grand slam champion, who has won the Australian Open and French Open so far this year.

"I think Rafa just embodies fight, that sort of energy," she said.

"That's what I'm bringing in. In terms of energy-wise, I think that I have had a tough year, like it's no secret.

"It is all worth it just to go out on Centre Court and get a win like that.

"I definitely am very happy to be here. All the lessons I've taken from the last year will only hold me in good stead for the future."

On the court, Raducanu beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4 6-4 despite a number of injury concerns heading into the tournament.

The 19-year-old hasn't won more than two matches at a tournament since her maiden grand slam triumph at the US Open last year.

Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins was the day's biggest casualty after the American seventh seed crashed to a 5-7 6-4 6-4 defeat to Czech world No.66 Marie Bouzkova.

But there were no suck dramas for new World No.2 Ons Jabeur, who recorded a commanding 6-1 6-3 victory over Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund.

Estonian third seed Anett Kontaveit then followed suit with straight-sets victory over American Bernarda Pera, 7-5 6-1.

Jabeur's win atoned for a shock first-round loss to Magda Linette at the French Open in her most recent grand slam outing.

"I don't like to make the mistake twice," Jabeur said.

"I learned a lot from the first round in Roland Garros. Obviously, everything feels different here. I feel, like, more ready."

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