• Wimbledon bares its sole to Federer

    6/26/13 4:04 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Wimbledon bares its sole to Federer Wimbledon officials have again revealed their stuffy side by ordering tennis royalty Roger Federer to change his white - but orange-soled - Nike shoes as they do not strictly conform to the club's all-white policy.

    The nit-picking brigade gave the seven-time champion their dress code ultimatum, with the decision revealed by London's Daily Mail.

    Federer's clothes were, of course, all white. But somehow the bright orange soles of his shoes got the rule-enforcers all hot and bothered. The non-trivial foot fault was to have been corrected by the Federer camp by the time the third seed played his second match of the fortnight against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

    If Wimbledon officials put the boot into Federer, then their next logical target should also be women's top-seed Serena Williams, whose own shoes sport large splotches of bright orange on the side. There is also ousted American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who long hair was tinted traditional purple-and green club colours as she played and lost her first-round match.

    With footing such a vital part of the grass game on courts still slick from limited use so far, the question of footwear is far from minor. Elites like Federer and others often have their shoes custom made and it's not simply a matter of substituting another pair off the rack.

    Injuries on the surface have already occurred due to poor footing, with women's second seed Victoria Azararenka tweaking a knee and Argentine Guido Pella taken off court in a stretcher after a dangerous sliding fall during a match which handed a win to his Canadian opponent.

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