Tennis' Lady Gaga does it once again

Tennis' Lady Gaga does it once again

Fashion talk

A gaggle of photographers lay in wait for the eye-catching American who walked on to Court 14 daubed in war-paint and wearing a tasselled jacket adorned with white tennis balls. But while her knee-length white socks might have left an impression on the fashionistas, her tennis was more basement bargain than catwalk chic as she lost 6-4, 5-7,
7-5 to Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi, ranked 133rd in the world.

"I'm not hitting a ball in this, don't worry," she shouted to reporters and photographers as she stripped off her jacket to reveal a skin tight dress with a sleeve cut off to show a string of floral tattoos up her arm.

The jacket was created by British designer Alex Noble who has also collaborated with the outlandish singer Lady Gaga and designed a fluorescent yellow number for Mattek-Sands' appearance at the WTA's Wimbledon party last week. "It was actually very cool working with him, hopefully I'll be able to do it again," Mattek-Sands told reporters after the match.

Her outfit briefly diverted attention away from Venus Williams' unusual all-in-one that received another outing in her three-set victory over Kimiko Date-Krumm on Wednesday. The one-piece tennis romper suit has raised eyebrows at the All England Club, but, perhaps unsurprisingly, her compatriot Mattek-Sands is a big fan.

"(It is) very '70s, and '70s are in right now. So the high-waisted shorts are cool. I really like the open back. I have to ask her if the flowy sleeves kind of affect her hitting but it didn't look like it. "I thought it was a really cool outfit and I think it was one of my favorites."