There are leagues that flat-out ignore its core fan base (looking at you WNBA) and pretend that it's the sport that sells. Then there is women's tennis that has thrived in popularity because it features hot women in skimpy outfits. There are those who will try to reason that women's tennis is more popular than the men's because it has better competition and is more compelling.
Those people are idiots.
And, unfortunately, those people are the stuffy Brits in charge of Wimbledon. Officials have warned players like Maria Sharapova, Tatian Golovin and Maria Kirilenko (right) saying they could be disqualified if their clothing deemed inappropriate. Just to be perfectly clear to those officials, nothing worn by Kirilenko should be deemed inappropriate. Ever. If she wants to play tennis in a burlap sack, let her.
Making sure that Lindsey Davenport is wearing conservative clothing. Good idea. Making sure the Williams sisters are wearing conservative clothing. (Expletive) great idea. (Burqas maybe?)
But like how the NBA always gave Michael Jordan all of the calls, tennis officials need to let superstars like Kirilenko and Sahrapova wear pretty much what they want to.