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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Roger Federer not a fan of Wimbledon dress code

Roger FedererRoger Federer has won seven Wimbledons and practically owns the tournament. He is also very respectful and compliant with the tournament’s traditions. But that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of all their regulations.

Federer, who reached his 9th Wimbledon final, has been wearing more flamboyant outfits at his majors lately. He showcased some pink shoes at the US Open last year, and he wore white shoes with orange soles at Wimbledon in 2013. The orange soles were problematic for the All England Club, and he was told to change them.

Federer believes Wimbledon has become stricter over time and hopes that mentality will be eased.

“My personal opinion, I think it’s too strict,” Federer said of the dress code this week. “But I respect. I understand. Maybe one day they’ll loosen up the grip again a bit, but that’s the time we go through right now.”

Wimbledon officials have cracked down on undergarments, headbands and wrist bands, applying the all-white policy equally to all clothing. That’s what led Federer to make his comments.

Is Wimbledon’s policy kind of lame or outdated? Probably. And you know apparel companies like Nike can’t stand it, because it prevents them from showcasing their top merchandise on a big stage. But you know what? I actually like their dress code. Sure, they get a little ridiculous at times, but this is part of what separates the tournament from everything else. The traditions and regalness make Wimbledon special. If they change their policies, they’ll be a tournament and major like all the others. Who wants that to happen?

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