The Sunday Magazine of Madrid’s El Mundo newspaper has ranked Roger Federer second on its list of the most elegant men in the world. Or, as the Spanish publication, Marca, reported in its headline: “Roger Federer es el segundo hombre más elegante del mundo!”
El Segundo Hombre? Ouch!
So who’s Hombre No. 1? The Spanish didn’t play favorites – it’s not Rafa. But the choice is still pretty puzzling:
Click here for the full story in El Mundo, or brave my bizarre translation courtesy of Google Translate, below:
2. Roger Federer. Champion off-piste.
With a harvest of over half a hundred world championships, the most famous Swiss moves with the same elegance in the land of tennis as in the prestigious receptions he attends as an ambassador of his sport.
The champion acknowledges that his passion for clothing began a few years ago, under the influence of his girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, a real shadow for Federer.
Cute, he concerns himself with his personal style, ranging from white dinner jackets to casual clothes in blue, red or white, his favorite colors. Not to mention the complements of the ones that are advertising images. The meticulous administration of his bank account disappears when it’s a matter of using the credit card at Prada. And, if he has to go to a party, the champion from Basel does not hesitate to ask advice from the stylist Trudi Götz or his unconditional fan, the feared director of the American edition of Vogue, Anna Wintour
So will second billing inspire Roger to new heights of elegance in 2009? A top hat and spats? Ebony cigarette holder? Gold-plated Nikes (oh, wait, he already wore those.)
Barack Obama came in third, so at least Roger’s in good company. Tommy Robredo somehow made it to No. 8, but that was only on the “National List.” I wonder if D-cup stars Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez are miffed at being excluded.
In closing, I’d like to take a second to remember the pre-stylist Federer, the guy who won his first Major at Wimbledon in 2003, making only 9 unforced errors in the Championship match against Mark Philippoussis.