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Federer Didnít Like The Strict White Only Color On Wimbledon Players Apparel






Even tennis traditionalist Roger Federer was heard chafing under Wimbledon's draconian enforcement at this edition of the longstanding all-white clothing rule, with officials coming down harder than at any time in recent memory on "offenders."

While the seven-time Wimbledon winner does not dispute the rule per se, he has hinted that the nit-picking by the club blazers instigated at this edition has gone too far. Color inspections have been carried out on trivial items including undergarments, colored trim on shirts and shorts plus headbands and wristbands.

One player had to tape the lower section of a baseball cap's bill due to it being a color other than white. A year ago, Federer himself had to change shoes and play in a pair which did not feature an offending orange sole.

The Swiss said that a quick flick back through the history books would show quite a few splashes of color on the kit of former champions including his own coach Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, for instance.

"My personal opinion, I think it's too strict," said Federer. "But I respect. I understand. Maybe one day they'll loosen up the grip again a bit, but that's the time we go through right now. "

Wimbledon officials were not tolerating any dissent with the stiff upper lips responding through a spokesman that "the rule is almost entirely in white."

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