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American wears Gaga-inspired outfit

Updated: June 22, 2011, 6:06 PM ET
Associated Press

WIMBLEDON, England -- Decked out in a Lady Gaga-inspired jacket festooned with real tennis balls, Bethanie Mattek-Sands stepped onto Court 14 at Wimbledon and noticed a tour official, walkie-talkie at the ready.

"I'm not hitting any balls in it. Don't worry," she assured the official. "It's too heavy to wear."

The news was transmitted back to the base. Crisis averted.

Wimbledon's rule book stipulates that "any competitor who appears on court dressed in a manner deemed unsuitable ...

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