When Roger Federer’s Shoes Were Busted for Violating Wimbledon Championships Dress Code Policy

Published 06/19/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts following defeat in his Men’s Singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


Tennis ace Roger Federer is an individual that adheres to the rules and regulations put forward to the players on Tour. Over the years, he has maintained a perfect image and is considered a role model to millions all over the world. However, there was an instance when the Swiss star was picked on for breaking a tradition.

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During the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Roger Federer wore shoes that sported the orange soles. The bright orange color had caught the eye of many and most importantly the organizers of the tournament. The Swiss athlete was told to avoid wearing these pair of shoes after his first-round demolition of Victor Hanescu.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during the Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia ( not pictured) at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Any chance/Getty Images)

Roger Federer had to change shoes for the next match

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In the next round, Federer dawned another pair of shoes that fitted well with the protocols of the club. It is a known fact that as compared to other Grand Slam events on Tour, the Wimbledon Championships have traditional rules that go way back since its inception. 

A certain minimal display of color other than white is permitted but a large chunk of it is unpardonable. Fans were still critical of the decision to disallow Federer from wearing the shoes. Over the years, there have been exceptions in the case of Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams for wearing colored shorts under their skirts.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – July 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland during his loss against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men’s Singles Final on Centre Court during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Wimbledon Championships 2021 is soon to begin

Speaking about the Championships, the 2021 edition will begin on the 28th of June and will end on the 11th of July. All players are excited to be playing in South West 19 as it was the only Grand Slam event that was canceled in the last year. 

Superstars like Roger Federer and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be headlining the event this year. Unfortunately, Spanish star Rafael Nadal has decided to skip the event and rest himself after a tedious clay-court season. It will be interesting to see how things unfold during the course of two weeks at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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