IT was hats off to Novak Djokovic on No. 1 Court.
Or "for" Djokovic, rather.
The top-ranked Serb wasn't allowed to wear his cap for the match against Hurkacz after the chair umpire ruled that its black lining violated Wimbledon's strict rules for all-white clothing.
He was questioned about the very same hat in his previous match before being allowed to wear it, and was a bit perplexed about the decision.
"Last match ... I was starting to unpack my hat. The chair umpire said he needs to check whether or not I'm able to play with it," Djokovic said. "He got a confirmation that I'm able to play. So I got the permission. I played with the hat. The same hat I took out now, I was not able to play with it. That's why I was just questioning that call. I mean, no one has approached me before the match to tell me, 'Well, you can't really play with the hat this match.' That's all."
Despite the sunny weather and temperatures reaching 81 degrees F (27 degrees C), Djokovic didn't seem to be too bothered by the wardrobe mishap.
"I just accepted it and dealt with it," he said. "That's it.
The top-seeded Serb dropped a set for the first time this week but had a straightforward win regardless, beating Hubert Hurkacz, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4.