Federer Flirts with Controversy at Wimbledon

Roger Federer

With a record eight Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer is one of the most successful grass court players.

Wimbledon has long kept the focus on tradition, especially when enforcing their all-white playing gear. This rule stretches back to the 19th century, is strictly observed till today. However, there is minor leniency with regard to the tiniest amounts of colour allowed on shirts, shorts and dresses.

Federer respects the tradition but hopes that the tournament will not to be too strict.


“It’s good fun that it’s different but it would be nice to add a splash of colour, let’s just be honest for a second here,” said the 36-year-old.

“I understand that traditions are the way they are. I know that Phil Brook, the chairman right now, he believes in strict tradition, going back to the ’50s, ’60s.

“I get it. Back in the day, Borg and McEnroe walked out in red outfits.

“I’m not saying that should happen again. Maybe it would be nice if we mix it up a little bit more.”

Wimbledon’s traditional stance could clash with Federer’s new sponsor, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo. The Swiss tennis star penned a $300 million deal this week, after a career-long relationship with Nike.

“It also creates for the brands a challenge, how much different can you make white. There is ways to do it. They’re trying hard, let’s put it that way,” he said.

In 2013, Federer fell foul of the rules when his orange-soled shoes were deemed to have broken the code.

Despite the dramas, seven-time women’s champion Serena Williams has no beef with the tradition.

“I love it. I think it’s unique. I think against the green grass it’s just so pristine,” said the 36-year-old.

“When you’re designing, you have to design something that’s white, which isn’t always easy. It’s cool.”


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