Few athletes can claim a love affair with a venue quite like Roger Federer and The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, aka Wimbledon. With a career 68-7 record and 7 singles titles at the year’s 3rd grand slam, it would appear Federer can ‘almost’ do no wrong whilst in SW19.
In 2002, Roger Federer signed a lucrative deal with Nike. Since then he has been winning slams and slamming opponents whilst rocking an attractive array of Nike shoes.
However, the darling of Wimbledon and 7-time champ, has been told by the All English Club that his latest kicks are banned from the year’s 3rd major tournament.
Fed rocked up for his first round match Monday wearing these shoes:
According to the Wimbledon Rules Book:
“players’ clothing on court, including shoes, for all competitions and for practice on the championship courts must be almost entirely white”
Apparently Roger’s white shoes are ‘almost’ ok, but not white enough.
All manufacturers must submit their designs to the Wimbledon officials for approval some time ahead of the championships begin.
Who knows how this ‘offensive’ pair of shoes made it through and onto Centre Court, but you can be sure a Pimms was spat out in digust by a member of Wimbledon Royalty the second these ‘offensive’ shoes touched the hallowed grass.
Ironically, Serena Williams, who rocked her own pair of orange/white Nike kicks on Tuesday, was told her shoes were fine.
That ‘almost’ makes sense right?