Despite all his success at Wimbledon, Roger Federer continues to take issue with the club’s strict clothing policy. According to Federer, and several other players, Wimbledon is getting more and more strict through the years with their enforcement of the all-white rule.
“I just find it quite extreme to what extent it’s gotten to white,” Federer said yesterday after a quick win over Sam Querrey. “We’re talking white like it was in the ’50s. If you look at the pictures then, it was all white.
“When I came on tour, when I was watching on TV, I still have the pictures in my mind where Edberg and Becker and all those guys, they had more color. There were iconic T‑shirts, iconic moments, I thought,” he said. “Then when I came on tour, I still had some color. You could have some light blue, back when I beat Sampras, all that stuff. It was different. But it was still 90% white, for sure. Which I’m totally in favor for.
“But then it got to a point where stripes here would be borderline here. I find that a bit of a pity because you can’t do anything with it. No cream color, no this, no that, fine.
“I would still be in favor for loosening it up a little bit. But then again, it is what it is. You know, I’m happy, I’m proud to be here. So whatever, it’s okay.”
Earlier in the week Eugenie Bouchard was given a violation for having a black bra strap that was exposed. And today Nick Kyrgios was asked to turned a Wimbledon headband inside out!
Federer plays tomorrow against Australian Sam Groth.
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