You Can Now Buy Roger Federer's Uniqlo Tennis Gear
Roger Federer's move from Nike to Uniqlo shocked his fanbase—and the fashion world—pretty hard. But his newfound partnership is alive and well; his Christophe Lemaire-designed U.S. Open outfit is on full display. Replicas are now available for fans to purchase now, although they won't be delivered until October.
The look is everything you'd expect coming from the athlete, the designer, and the brand in question: It's a single-toned cool, deep red with white piping. It has a stand collar, Federer's favorite, and an overall simple but sophisticated feel.
We caught up with the tennis superstar at a press conference to learn about his fans' reaction to his brand jump, the one color he'll never wear on court, and what really is going to happen to the beloved (Nike-owned) RF logo.
There are no hard feelings with Nike.
I had been with Nike with a long, long time and my contract expired, so I got to see what was out there. It gave me the freedom to see what a future maybe without Nike might look like. We actually approached Uniqlo to see if they wanted to work together. I think it was a bit of a surprise for everyone. I wore Nike up until I signed the deal with Uniqlo because I really did have a great 20 years with Nike, and Uniqlo was super respectful in this regard. I thought this would be a wonderful step into new endeavors. There’s so much we can do together.
There's still hope for the RF logo to come back.
The fans have been worried about the RF, wondering if the logo was going to come with me eventually, and I understand that [concern]. But I want them to know that from my side, we’re working as hard as possible to make the new clothes as personal as possible. And hopefully the RF will be around the tennis clothes again. I think the fans really care about it a lot, especially the die-hard fans. But the response has been good in general. People who know me trust me to have made the right decision.
There are two big nos when it comes to his uniform.
There are certain colors I just don't like to wear on the court, like yellow. I'm not superstitious or anything, but I just haven't been able to do yellow. In details it's fine, but not in the big color. There’s also definitely certain materials that aren't quite right, maybe if they don't fit well, or they stick to your body when you're sweating. The moment you start thinking about your outfit—same with a shoes or your racket—the second you start struggling with that stuff, it’s never fun.
And his recipe for good on-court style is simple.
A good outfit flows, especially when you’re outdoors and there’s wind—when you feel like it's almost drying by itself. There’s a cooling sensation that feels good when your'e sweating. I need good socks, too; Uniqlo has great socks. It sounds small, but if you’re moving athletically, you need to have really good stability in your shoes. A blister can lead to many other things. I really believe if you look good, you feel good, you play good.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.