Roger Federer gave an interesting insight into how tennis developed through the years in terms of outfits. The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been wearing Uniqlo for nine months now, after splitting with Nike following a 24-year co-operation.
Speaking for WWD, Federer said: “To be quite honest, I just feel like we have some awful tennis-looking outfits sometimes. They’ve just gone too far in the wrong direction. They want to make it look too much like a modern tennis shirt that is completely wrong, in terms of designs.
Like a truck drove over it — or they’re just going to come up with funky graphics, which I think in a sport of tennis, that has such a rich history…you know, the tennis polo is very iconic. I feel like if we work on that, to redesign that, which looks nice and crisp and new and fresh, that’s really important to me.
I’ve really just tried to elevate the style, the level of that in tennis and hope that resonates also with the new generation coming through”. He added: “I love working on details as well. Because how many times can you rework a polo or T-shirt? So I think sometimes you’ve got to be really creative with the details. There you can have a lot of impact, so I really try my most there to try to inspire”.