Tennis ace Roger Federer is an individual who adheres to the rules and regulations presented to Tour players. Throughout the years, he has maintained a perfect image and is considered a role model for millions of people around the world.
However, there was one case where the Swiss star was criticized for breaking a tradition. During the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Roger Federer wore orange-soled shoes. The bright orange color had caught the attention of many and, most importantly, the tournament organizers.
The Swiss athlete was told to avoid wearing this pair of shoes after he demolished it in the first round by Victor Hanescu. In the next round, Federer woke up with another pair of shoes that fitted in well with the club's protocols.
It is a known fact that, compared to other Grand Slam events on the Tour, the Wimbledon Championships have traditional rules that date back to their inception. Some minimal display of color other than white is allowed, but a large part is inexcusable.
Fans still criticized the decision not to allow Federer to wear 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. The 2021 Wimbledon Championship will soon begin Speaking of the Championships, the 2021 edition will begin on June 28 and end on July 11.
All players are excited to play at South West 19 as it was the only Grand Slam event to be canceled last year. Superstars like Roger Federer and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will headline the event this year. Unfortunately, Spanish star Rafael Nadal has decided to skip the event and rest after a tedious season on clay.
It will be interesting to see how things unfold over the course of two weeks at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Federer is woefully short on match practice heading into SW19
Most recently, the Swiss lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the 2021 Noventi Open in Halle.
As such, many are wondering if an almost-40 Federer has it in him to challenge the red-hot Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. In that context, Todd Woodbridge pointed out that Roger Federer is woefully short on match practice heading into SW19.
The Aussie also believes Federer was hampered by the lack of crowds in Halle, given that he usually feeds off the support from fans. "His fitness is fine but he's lacking match play," Woodbridge said. "That time away from the game is not easy and in Halle, in his lead-in tournament, went out to Felix Auger-Aliassime, the young Canadian.
He'll be disappointed not getting more matches under his belt on the grass. The hardest part about Halle, absolutely zero crowds, and that's not good for Roger," the Aussie added. "He feeds off that and I think when he's playing against opponents, they also feel that the crowd goes for him."