Wimbledon

Shoe! Federer foot-faulted

2013-06-26 11:45
Roger Federer (AFP)
Cape Town - Wimbledon officials have called a foot-fault on seven-time champion Roger Federer and are demanding him to change his grass court tennis shoes.

Federer wore orange soled shoes in his first round win over Romania's Victor Hanescu on Monday, which contravened strict rules about players being clad from head to toe in gear that has to be almost totally white.

According to the Mail Online website, for his match against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday, Federer will have to switch what is the most vital part of a tennis player’s apparel along with several other players who breached the regulations.

Federer's clothing line for this year's tournament involves orange trim around his personalised tracksuit with the famous RF logo that the shoes are meant to match.

Defending women's champion, Serena Williams, is believed to also have been similarly told to change to something more conventional.

Tournament regulations state that manufacturers must submit all clothing designs for inspection 90 days before the start, but there is often not quite the same formal scrutiny of footwear.

It is believed that there will be no fine involved, just a request to change the apparel.



The orange under Roger Federer's trainers will not return for his match with Sergiy Stakhovsky... (AFP)

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