Roger Federer thinks Wimbledon’s all-white dress code is too strict

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Roger Federer may be one of the only stars left in this year’s Wimbledon, but that doesn’t make him above the tournament’s strict dress code, even if he doesn’t like it.  The nine-point code can be drilled down to a single requirement — everything visible must be white, including shoe soles. Federer thinks the rules are “too strict.” He told pool reporters on Wednesday (via USA Today):

“We’re all white. White, white, full-on white. I think it’s very strict. My personal opinion, I think it’s too strict. If you look at the pictures of Edberg, Becker, there was some colors, you know, but it was all white. But I respect. I understand, you know. Maybe one day they’ll loosen up the grip again a bit, but that’s the time we go through right now.”

While color might be a preference for Federer, however, for others it’s a deal breaker. Former champion Pat Cash withdrew from the veteran’s competition last week after his specialty shoes didn’t pass muster, the Guardian reports. He called the restrictions “archaic thinking” and brought up another point, which has female competitors worried.

“Some of the girls have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight color on them,” he said on Thursday (via The Guardian). “I believe some of the girls didn’t have suitable sports bras and had to go without them. It has absolutely gone ridiculous.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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