Wearing attire the same color as the ball

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  1. ukengineer

    ukengineer New User

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    Is it against the rules to wear clothing that is the same color as the ball? If so, could someone give me a link to the applicable rule? I could have sworn that I had read that this is illegal, but I have been unable to find any information in a search of the rules. It seems that wearing an optic yellow shirt would give an unfair advantage because it would obscure the ball from the opponent.
     
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  2. sureshs

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    Nadal has been doing that
     
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  3. LeeD

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    I used to have yellow shirts, slightly green even, for tennis.
    Played plenty of guys with the ball colored shirts.
    Makes little difference to me. While I might possibly hide the ball better if it's hit into my stomach, not much else is different.
    And it's ever so easy to track a player wearing a yellow shirt.
    Almost every shot in tennis is hit out to the side over overhead.
     
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    I've never seen anything about clothing color in any rules. I see pros and amateurs wearing yellow all the time.

    If you think it gives an advantage, wear yellow yourself.
     
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    Gamesmanship? Sportsmanship?

    I recall watching a video of some badminton IBF World Championships some time ago. It was hosted in Beijing that particular year. The Chinese crowd that sat directly behind the court had 2 shirts -- a white shirt and a dark-colored shirt. Whenever a player from another country was facing them, the crowd would be wearing the white shirt to maker if more difficult for that player to see the white shuttle. When a Chinese player was facing the crowd, they put on the dark-colored shirt so that the shuttle would be more visible to their player.

    I also recall that the crowd was admonished several times for showing poor sportsmanship against non-Chinese players for other reasons as well. Before you accuse me of racial profiling or bigotry, let it be known that I do have some Chinese ancestry.
     
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    That's true. I may need to get some yellow shirts! What made me think of this was someone discussing the rules baseball pitchers have to follow for their clothing. They can't wear a white glove or have white long sleeve shirts.
     
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    In every sport, the fans try to influence the play on the field.
    Lots of pro tourneys where guys wore yellow.
    Makes no difference, as I said. The ball is NOT hit from within the body! The ball is separated from the shirt by the arm and the racket.
    And anyone who's faced a yellow shirt in tennis will tell you that you are now extremely easy to track....so they can focus only on the ball.
     
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    I wear a white shirt with ball images all over it. And shorts too.

    Some WTA pros have been wearing distracting outfits on court like this one:

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    That's called "Home Court Advantage". Unless it's strictly disallowed to do so, the home crowd will do everything they could to support their players. Look at NBA, NFL ... etc.

    Tennis is just different.
     
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    There is no rule against wearing clothing the same color as the ball. This question came up in the Court of Appeals a few years ago. There's nothing in the rules or code that says you cannot do it.

    Think about the history of lawn tennis. It used to be that the ball and all clothing were white.
     
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    I'd like to add in here...

    Is it the same for strings? I've used full beds of that neon yellow/green prince duraflex that matches the colour of some Wilson balls, and I've had a few opponents complain that it's hard to pick up the ball off the bed.

    -Fuji
     
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  12. jonnythan

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    Yellow strings would have more of an effect, since the stringbed is actually behind the ball as it's being hit.

    If the ball is between your body and your opponent when you hit it, something is very wrong.
     
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    Played a guy semis of my second C tourney, had 4 rackets with yellow strings. His buds said "easy match".
    After warmups, he switched rackets.
    After 5 games, he switched again.
    After the first game of the second set, he switched to his last clean yellow string racket.
    Made no difference to me, the ball is dirty, the strings got dirty quickly at the contact zone, but this was outdoor play.
     
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  14. cknobman

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    When shopping for tennis attire I always make sure to bring a brand new unused Penn tennis ball. I specifically look for outfits that match that color exactly.
     
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    Makes no difference. Oftentimes, the opponent plays BETTER because they know you're messing with them, and they can better focus on the ball, knowing exactly where you are.
     
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    I remember Chang once said that he would complain about Agassi's shirt at the '90 US Open if he ended up playing him. Chang ended up getting knocked out earlier, so it never happened, but even then, the commentators said it wouldn't do any good because there was no rule against the color shirt he was wearing.
     
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