Tennis legend at centre of latest Wimbledon outfit controversy

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Martina Navratilova has sparked Wimbledon’s latest outfit controversy over her choice of hat for a legends doubles match on Tuesday.

The All England Club is perhaps the strictest venue in all of major sports, and not even a nine-time champion can get around their infamous dress code.

Navratilova took the court and challenged the sacred virtue which states players must only wear white.

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Martina Navratilova is introduced to the Centre Court crowd during Day Six of The Championships. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Martina Navratilova is introduced to the Centre Court crowd during Day Six of The Championships. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Not only did Navratilova wear a hat with red writing on it, she also got political.

The 18-time major champion wore a white hat with the word “Impeach” emblazoned in all capital letters.

That message is a clear indication of Navratilova’s stance on the debate over whether the US House of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump over questions of obstruction of justice, election interference and general fitness for office.

According to The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg, when officials asked her to remove the hat she complied with a coy response.

“Sorry about that,” Navratilova reportedly said. “Forgot I had it on.”

Novak Djokovic was also asked to remove a hat he was wearing last week because it had black trim underneath the brim.

This is not the first time Navratilova — who was born in Prague but became a US citizen in 1981 and now lives in Miami — has worn her hat.

She tweeted in June about wearing it in Florida and pondered why she doesn’t see “MAGA” hats in public.

Martina Navratilova arrives at BBC Broadcasting House wearing the hat.(Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
Martina Navratilova arrives at BBC Broadcasting House wearing the hat.(Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)

No stranger to on-court statements

Tuesday wasn’t the first time Navratilova made a social or political statement with her tennis attire either.

According to Rothenberg, Navratilova, who is gay, wore rainbow trim at the 2012 Australian Open while playing at Margaret Court Arena.

Court is Australia’s greatest tennis player and a 24-time grand slam champion.

She’s also spent much of her retirement espousing homophobic rhetoric, inspiring calls for her name to be removed from the arena.

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