Seeing Rafa’s technicolor fantasy/nightmare made me wonder what Nike had in store for Roger Federer at this year’s Australian Open. Instead of playing Twister: “I got one hand on kangaroo and my left foot’s on Kylie Minogue!” it seems Nike’s design team decided: “let’s see what we have in the back.” Yes, recycling is always en vogue.
Here’s what the the folks at Mens Tennis Forum are predicting for Roger Federer’s Australian Open outfit, ca. 2010:
Photos via “Xristos” and “kissakiss” at MTF
Well, at least it’s not exactly the same. Ca. 2009:
Yes, this year’s look is boring. But that’s how I like it: tried and true. Red and blue are Roger’s power colors and he looks great in both. Verdasco rocks the neon animal prints, Nadal transcends the Miami Vice colorways, and Roger Federer owns the crisp polo shirt like Cary Grant in a tuxedo. Though I do hope he gets a customized waistband that allows for one of his signature belts.
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Andre Agassi on Roger Federer at the 2005 US Open final (from Open):
“Federer comes onto the court looking like Cary Grant. I almost wonder if he’s going to play in an ascot and a smoking jacket. He’s permanently smooth. . .”
Mr. Smooth worked the collar-less blue shirt that year:
And the original Mr. Smooth, in crisp black and white:
“My father used to say, ‘Let them see you and not the suit. That should be secondary.’” – Cary Grant
Now you play sartorialist: