She was once content to be simply one of the best tennis players in the world, but lately Venus Williams has seemed more interested in causing a stir with her outfits than her performances.
And yesterday she appeared on the first day of Wimbledon in a tasseled outfit inspired by 80s popstar Tina Turner.
Williams – the number two seed at the tournament – chose a white layered dress that looked more suited to a night club than a tennis club.
But mercifully the 30-year-old chose to avoid the flesh-coloured knickers that caused a stir at the Australian Open.
Referring to the furore her unflattering underwear caused earlier this year, Williams said yesterday: ‘There’s no illusion this time. Here it’s all about white. I just think it’s a fun, elegant dress.