It’s safe to say the All England Club rulebook didn’t think to take Google Glass into account.
The new technology that’s sweeping the world has made an appearance at Wimbledon this year, thanks to Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
The American tennis player with the big personality is part of the Google Glass Explorer program, and has been trying out the specs in practice and at events in London.
It’s not much of a surprise that Mattek-Sands is here to help usher in this brave new world in sports. You might remember her name from some of her many outrageous fashion choices over the years. This year, as you’ll see below, she is sporting blue and green hair.
She has already been taking the Glass for a spin on her Twitter feed in the lead-up to Wimbledon, which starts Monday.
Here she is getting ready for the Wimbledon pre-party:
Is there any chance the All England Club lets Mattek-Sands wear these during a match? Probably not, given the ease with which a coach could send messages to her, the likelihood that her opposing player would deem it a distraction, and the fact that the famously conservative club won’t even let you wear clothing that isn’t white.
Doesn’t seem like the circumstances are right. As of this writing, no official ruling had been made.
Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on Mattek-Sands’ first-round match against No. 7 seed Angelique Kerber, slated for Tuesday.
How would Google Glass be useful in a match? The device affords plenty of options that could be beneficial to an athlete, including the ability to record your play. Mattek-Sands has reportedly been using it to do this in practice from her point-of-view.