After almost two decades at the top of world tennis, Roger Federer is also unanimously recognized as an icon of style. However, this has not always been the case. Before meeting his wife Mirka - herself an ex-player - the Swiss champion was by no means a fashion expert and paid little attention to his way of dressing.
In a recent interview, the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed that being a fashion icon was never the default mode. “When we got together, she realised I had a few pairs of jeans, a few T-shirts, my practice shirts, maybe a jumper and a belt,” he told GQ.
"She said to me, ‘Don’t you think we should upgrade your wardrobe?’ Then the award ceremonies, and how many times can you wear the same suit with a different tie? But then I started really getting into it.
I was travelling more and going to different cities and meeting interesting people. The next thing you know, you look around yourself – maybe it’s in Milan, in New York, wherever – and you notice everyone is giving it a good effort.
We were more connected to the street in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s,” he said. “The ’80s it was still like that, especially with the shoes and the shirt. When the game became more aggressive, the shoes started changing – they needed to withstand the wear and tear.
They were no longer shoes we could wear on the street. “I feel we drifted off in a very extreme way. Which is understandable because we are playing in a h*t climate, we’re sweating like crazy! I don’t want to say, we lost our way, but I always try to say to any brand I’ve worked with, ‘Let’s not forget to be connected to the street.’ Maybe the polo we wear for the match, we could also wear with jeans?” - Federer concluded.