Not only is American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands ahead of Venus Williams in the WTA rankings, she's also managed to surpass the elder Williams sister in terms of outrageous outfits. The 31st-ranked Mattek-Sands turned heads at Thursday night's Wimbledon player's party in a dress designed by Lady Gaga's designer, Alex Noble.
The neon yellow dress featured a corset with attached tennis balls, a flowing skirt and a headdress that wouldn't have been out of place at the royal wedding.
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The 26-year-old was still in Eastbourne on Thursday playing in the doubles competition of the Wimbledon tuneup and had to take a helicopter to London to attend the party. An hour after landing, following a quick fitting and sit-down in the makeup chair, Mattek-Sands walked the red carpet in the inspired frock.
Mattek-Sands met with Noble twice in Madrid, once to discuss the concept for the dress and another for a fitting. "I had a blast working with him," she said. "It's the funky dress I wanted."
The hat was one of her favorite flourishes. "When you're in England you have to have some cool headwear," she said. (Princess Beatrice: "Yup.")
Mattek-Sands is seeded No. 30 at the tournament, the first time she's ever been seeded there. She said she's confident entering Wimbledon despite the fact that she hasn't had a lot of practice on grass this year.
Her outfit on the courts of the All England Club won't be as wild as it was at the player's party or in other matches thanks to Wimbledon's "almost entirely white" clothing rule (the eye black and jail stripes will be a no-no). That's not to say she doesn't have something up her sleeve, though.
"Noble designed something for me to walk out onto the court with," Mattek-Sands said.
If it's not an egg, consider me disappointed.
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