Fashion queen Mattek-Sands goes Gaga at Wimbledon


Wacky Bethanie Mattek-Sands caught the eye in her brief appearance at Wimbledon as the American wore a flamboyant tennis ball-covered jacket before her first round defeat on Wednesday. Mattek-Sands, seeded 30th, described herself as “the Lady Gaga of tennis” after turning up at a pre-Wimbledon party decked out in a vivid yellow ‘tennis ball’ dress created by one of the pop provocateur’s designers. The American’s lengthy list of fashion crimes also includes being fined for wearing a striped cowboy hat during a match at the 2005 US Open and donning a leopard-print outfit at the same event. Although the All England Club usually demands a conversative, predominantly white outfit, Mattek-Sands lived up to her flamboyant reputation wearing a white jacket covered in tassles and cut-in-half tennis balls, knee-high socks and a top which had one sleeve missing to show off her tattoos. Sadly for Mattek-Sands, she proved to have more style than substance as the 26-year-old lost 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 against Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi.