Tennis Players Flout Wimbledon's 'All-White' Rules with Nail Art and Neon

There may be a bit of nail art fatigue in the fashion world, but it's alive and well in the UK right now. Women tennis players are flouting the infamously strict all-white rules at Wimbledon this year by sporting nail art and neon nail polish.
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There may be a bit of nail art fatigue in the fashion world, but it's alive and well in the UK right now. Women tennis players are flouting the infamously strict all-white rules at Wimbledon this year by sporting nail art and neon nail polish.
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There may be a bit of nail art fatigue in the fashion world, but it's alive and well in the UK right now. Women tennis players are flouting the infamously strict all-white rules at Wimbledon this year by sporting nail art and neon nail polish.

Serena Williams, who has rocked nail art on the court for years and who even had her own OPI nail polish line, is unsurprisingly leading the charge. At one match she sported orange nail art which matched the pushing-the-limits orange shorts and sock accent she was wearing.

And others are following suit, as The Daily Mail points out. Brit player Heather Watson had a blingy gold mani courtesy of her sponsor, Benefit. Other players wore bright neon nail colors, leading us to wonder if the rules at Wimbledon will be tightened up soon.

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

After all, Roger Federer was given a slap on the wrist and told he couldn't wear his orange-soled Nike shoes anymore (which was basically adding insult to injury, because right after that he lost to 116th ranked player, Sergiy Stakhovsky).

Arguably, Williams's bright nails and fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands's neon green and blue ombre 'do are more distracting than poor Federer's shoes. According to The Daily Mail, the rules still have a few loopholes: They state a "preference" for shorts to be totally white and a "preference towards pastel colours." No word on personal grooming, so we're curious to see what will happen in future tournaments.

Can you imagine Serena Williams with a boring nude mani? Us neither.

Heather Watson with nail art & neon, close-up on Serena's nails, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands' hair

Heather Watson with nail art & neon, close-up on Serena's nails, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands' hair