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“It was the gasp heard ’round the world. Tennis starlet Gertrude “Gorgeous Gussie” Moran, who died on Jan. 16 at age 89, shocked Wimbledon officials in 1949 when she gave them a glimpse of her lace knickers each time she reached for a groundstroke. The free sights were a career game-changer for Moran, who was already known for her powerful forehand and quiet sex appeal. Her eye-catching undergarments didn’t go over well with the staid All England Club, which banned tennis great turned couturier Ted Tinling from Wimbledon for designing Moran’s racy ensemble. Meanwhile, photographers were lying on their backs to get a shot up her skirt. After that match, Moran became known as “Gorgeous Gussie” and, despite her talent, was promoted not as an ace tennis player but as a post-war sex symbol. She unwittingly became the sport’s original provocatrix, paving the way for other female players to serve up daring style on the court—pinstripe suits, catsuits, and more outrageous looks that would make even Gorgeous Gussie blush.”
The storylines for global tennis only get better as Nadal and Djokovic continue their back-and-forth. Who will conquer at Wimbledon? And again at the grounds of the All England Club a month later at the London Olympics? Can supporting cast members such as Federer, Murray, and the electric Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or the big hitters like Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro push aside the Tremendous Two for a title?
A video mashup of Rafael Nadal picking his wedgie.