Wimbledon Stars’ Tattoos and What They Mean
Wimbledon is back, which means that famous tennis players are dominating the headlines as well as the tennis courts. Want a quick refresher on player facts and stats? Check out Ladbrokes Sport Wimbledon Player Guide’s fun infographics on 20 of the tournament’s biggest names. Cool stuff but let’s talk about their tattoos? Do you know what they mean? From Polynesian style tattoos to motivational quotes, many Wimbledon stars are covered in ink.
Czech Republic player Pliskova has two tattoos- one on her left thigh and one on her left arm. They are inspired by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand. According to Pliskova the tattoos are important for her self-expression; she got her first one at fifteen because she liked the tribal style. It is something of a family tradition to get inked and every member shares a matching tattoo to the one on her thigh.
Wawrinka is obviously a believer in motivational quotes, he has words written by poet Samuel Beckett tattooed on his left forearm. The tattoo reads: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” He has said that these words resonate not only with his professional tennis career but apply to everything he does in life and his attitude towards failing.
Kuznetsova has several iconic tattoos which have drawn much attention throughout Wimbledon and WTA championships. The quotes she has on each arm are powerful messages to show her resilience. One, which is fairly self-explanatory, reads: “The pain does not kill me, I kill the pain.” While the other is written in Russian and states, “Only God is our judge” which she has said is to be targeted at people who have judged her actions in the past. She also has a star on her right forearm and her grandparent’s initials.
Kazakhstan player Bublik is relatively new to the Wimbledon scene but he is set to play Andy Murray in the first round. He has two tattoos on his arms which feature the words of Eminem. The quotes are: “Always be a leader, not a follower”, and, “You won’t break me, you’ll just make me stronger than I was.” He is a big fan of rap music, which explains his choice in quotes.
Williams’ tattoos are more subtle than those belonging to her opponents. She has a small rose on her left shoulder and a small heart on the back of her neck. Both tattoos are barely visible and the meaning behind them is not known, although it is likely they have a personal meaning as she has not publicly discussed them.
Clijsters, who played for Belgium, has two tattoos of personal significance. She has a small B on her ring finger, which is for her husband- the basketball player Brian Lynch. She also has her daughter’s name, Jada, written on her wrist as a permanent expression of her love.
While there are no clear rules about the display of tattoos at Wimbledon, there are strict dress code rules. Throughout the past championships there have been several controversial outfit choices which have caught the attention of officials.