People that enjoyed watching Wimbledon this summer might not have noticed the small, but important change that took place this year, and it’s about how female tennis players are referred to by umpires.
The umpire calling results would say “Game Miss …”, or “Game Mrs …” when one of the players had won a game, or a set, rather than saying just their last name, as with men (for example “Game, Djokovic”.
However, many women don’t see the need to have their age or marital status referred to, and more and more women choose to keep their last name after marriage, it’s clear that Wimbledon needed to change something.
So, the organizers decided to leave out making marital status a feature during the matches for 2019’s tournament, and the decision is now in line with the French Open, which also dropped “Madam and Mademoiselle” when addressing the female players.
So, women players at Wimbledon won’t have to announce their marriage status any longer.
As it was noted by the New York Times, the Wimbledon Compendium, an archaic official record, notes the marriage history of female semi-finalists and finalists.
Alexandra Willis from the All England Club announced the changes and said that some of the traditions, like the all-white clothing and playing on grass are the greatest strengths of the tournament, but others have to move with the times, and one has to respect the wishes of the players.