Wimbledon umpire inspects junior player's underwear on court in boys singles match

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An Austrian tennis starlet was made to pull down his shorts by a chair umpire at Wimbledon who wanted to inspect his underwear.

Jurij Rodionov, 18, was getting ready to begin his boys singles match with Australian Blake Ennis when the start was delayed by the bizarre request.

The umpire on court 18 checked the colour of the junior player’s underwear to see if the clothing complied with the All England Club’s strict dress code.

Wimbledon insist that all undergarments that are or can be visible during play, including due to perspiration, must be white.

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A single trim of colour no wider that one centimetre is also permitted.

Rodionov appeared to be wearing blue or purple underwear and a supervisor was called to arrange for an alternative pair to be provided.

There was a brief break to allow the player time to change away from the court and cameras and he returned to begin the match.

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It clearly did not affect the teenager’s frame of mind as he won the opening set 6-3 against his Aussie opponent.

Venus Williams also fell foul of Wimbledon’s policy this year and was reportedly ordered to change her pink sports bra earlier in the tournament.

Boys doubles players Zsombor Piros and Wu Yibing were forced off the court yesterday for wearing black clothing under their shorts.

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