Tuesday, June 27, 2006
The Wimbledon "Rebels"
Last month I noted how a grunting black French man probably wouldn't sit so well with the Wimbledon traditionalists. Gael Monfils may not even have to utter a guttural syllable to irk some. (And I didn't see any coverage--if there was any--of his first round match to be able to calculate the decibel level.) 'Cause Monfils has undone the corn rows he was sporting at Roland Garros. So he has this great not-quite-an-afro going on. The only thing holding it all back from being completely "wild" is his Nike headband. James Blake is also sporting a Nike headband--blue--but it holds back nothing and seems like it might just create a very odd tan line.
Of course Monfils lost in the first round. It doesn't look like he is playing doubles. The mixed draw isn't out yet, though. But it appears that any raised eyebrows Monfils may have garnered have past.
So too those raised at the appearance of Svetlana Kuznetsova's first round opponent, Romina Oprandi have quieted now that Sveta dispatched the other Swiss miss (OK she's really Italian but she was born and lives in Switzerland) in straight sets today. This player isn't exactly miss material--if you read between the lines of the match report. The Wimbledon web site noted that Kuznetsova had some troubles against the heavy-hitting Italian:
While the Russian was finding the range, however, Oprandi, with her cap back to front and a couple of rings adorning her lower lip, struck out like the young blood she is.
Hmm...what could this mean? Backward cap plus facial piercings. Anyone else reading this as Wimbledon's hints that we may have a lesbian out there on the grass?
Even if that's not what they are hinting at, someone felt the need to point out that Oprandi's appearance is non-normative. Except that I don't think it is that non-normative. Two facial piercings and a backward cap? Please, that's nothing. (NOTE: it took me a long time to find a photo in which you can actually see the piercings--and you still have to be looking for them.)
But in tennis apparently it is something. I remember when Mauresmo first played with her tattoo and that was all commentators were talking about. And then when Kournikova was around there was wild speculation that the back wrap peaking from her short shorts and crop top was actually hiding a tattoo!! I wonder if there is some fear of tennis devolving into sports such as basketball or football where tattoos are ubiquitous.
I am actually more surprised that more tennis players haven't pierced and inked parts of their body--the ones that are visible anyway--given the growing numbers of the rest of us folk who have.