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Roger Federer’s Outfit for the US Open 2018

Here is Roger Federer's outfit for the US Open 2018, it's the second time he will be wearing Uniqlo at a Grand Slam but this is the first time we've seen the Japanese firm officially unveil an outfit pre-tournament.

They did so with a launch event at the Uniqlo 5th Ave Store in New York where Roger was in attendance on August 22nd

Uniqlo Federer USO 2018

Own a piece of history – reserve the very same match wear Roger Federer will wear on the courts of Flushing Meadows. Our DRY-EX performance fabric is updated with clean, minimal design and delicate piping trim. A deep shade of red has been carefully chosen to vibrate on the blue hard courts of the stadiums.

You can check out more images of the outfit below:

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What about the shoes?

With a shoe deal still yet to be signed Roger is still wearing the Nike Vapor's he has always worn. For the US Open he'll be wearing an all-white shoe with a red Nike tick to match the shirt, you can see those below as he wore them in practice this week.

Nike Federer US Open Shoes

Thoughts on the Outfit

The first thing that stands out to me is that Uniqlo doesn't really have any sort of experience launching a clothing line for a sponsored athlete. Nike have obviously been doing it for years so their whole setup is far more polished and professional. Uniqlo's on the other hand just looks a bit tin pot from the launch event itself to how they display them on the website.

Looking at the product images, they look akin to the sort of photographs I once took when I was selling some clothes on eBay. Shapeless, poor lighting and very little effort put into them. So I think they need to work on that to get more gear out of the door.

Other than that I hear good things about Uniqlo quality as you'd expect from a Japanese firm as they always seem to make good stuff. The price point is the other winner too, as the shirts come in at under $40 which is basically half of what you were paying for Federer's Nike gear. So whilst it might not look as ‘cool' or be a bit too simple for some compared to Nike outfits from yesteryear, if the clothing is higher quality and half the price then I'm all for it. If you are interested you can pre-order it from Uniqlo here.

What do you guys think of the outfit? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer - I'll pretty much try and watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Fed and tennis in general.

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40 Comments

  1. Is that a red coral ornament ?
    A special occasion garment ?

    Yes, it is the PeRFect outfit
    Affordable and nicely fit

    Even the socks like tomatoes
    And the sweatband from head to toes

    Will bring luck to the mighty Fed
    Like a Swiss flag : a champ in red

    My poem is longer than a haïku
    Dear Jonathan, it is for you !

  2. “The first thing that stands out to me is that Uniqlo doesn’t really have any sort of experience launching a clothing line for a sponsored athlete.”
    Huh? Really? So their experience with Novak Djokovic doesn’t count?

  3. The design is plain but i am sure Roger will look great with it. Affordability seems like a big plus! I might buy it to try in on the court and see if quality is there. If Roger wins, we all will love this outfit.

    #GoRoger

  4. Screw Nike! If they couldn’t come to terms with one of the greatest athletes in the world and give him a life long contract Roger should have walked! Nike came up with some horrendous kits for Roger over the years and some that were very cool. Once the RF logo comes back to him in March I’m sure there will be some great things to look forward to next Spring. By then Roger should be getting his second $30 M installment with $240 M to go!

    1. Who knows if March is the correct timeline if at all? Might just be a tactic enforced by Team Federer to put pressure on Nike?
      Having said that, if they don’t want to burn down a possible sneaker deal with RF, then best come to an amicable wavelength.

  5. I like the red (It’s an interesting shade, not the usual fire-engine red that we sometimes get from Nike), I like the minimalist piping detail, and I like the red swoosh on the shoes.

  6. I agree about the picture quality being the homeowner eBay standard 😆, the first one on the hardcourts looks really shapeless, but I should imagine it will look much more classy on.

  7. Love the red. He’s played dazzling tennis whenever he wears this sort of red (think 2010 WTF, 2011 FO, 2011 USO, 2012 AO, 2014 Fall). It’s a very classy colour that suits Fed well.

  8. I hope the kit looks better on the courts than it does in the photos. I like the idea of red, but this shade seems rather blah to me in the pics. But will reserve judgement until I see Roger actually wearing it. I generally liked his last Uniqlo kit, although more red accents would have been nice. But I thought the fit was great, and hope that is true of his USO kit as well.

  9. Its a bit boring just solid colors, pants cut isnt good. Its a tad too fitted for my liking. I also think its hard to put any designs with uniqlo logo taking up so much space. Ughhh just reminds me too much of Djoker. I still trying to get used to Roger wearing uniqlo kit.

  10. Wow, how lucky am I !The main match of the day after the opening ceremony is….drum roll…..Serena vs who? I didn’t know she was #1 or won USO last year. The following match is Nadal destroying Ferrer.

  11. Well Fed wears clothes well so I am sure he will look good in them.But I always thought red was rather an unlucky colour,
    but thats just me being eccentric no doubt.

    1. ? Surprised there isn’ta standard size for tennis balls. Well, there must be. Could they have changed the tolrances or something?

      As I said elsewhere, I kind of like this outfit. Like the piping, like the longer back on the shirt.

      As somebody else said, I’m having issues with the popup ad across the bottom of the page. Yes, you can close it, eventually, but on an ipad at least you have scroll sideways to reveal the real closing x instead of the fake one. I understand the need for ad revenue, & I do try to follow a link from your page if I’m interested, but this is obnoxious. Also, then it pops up again after you’ve closed it. Also, any chance of getting a border around in-line ads?

      1. There is a standard size but there are three types of balls – 1, 2 3. Type 2 most common but E.g type 3 are bigger for slower surfaces.

        Ads – I will see what is possible in terms of granular control. This first few weeks is testing placements, not controlled by me. I need to test/try new ones to justify the time commitment, unfortunately. I did manage to keep the site ad-free for like 4 years I think. And I won’t be adding anymore any time soon.

  12. Thanks Mari – very interesting. Again, Roger Federer is walking his own path, intending to make a win win win, – for the company, for his philanthropy, and his own taste and comfort. And sparring with good experting friends about it as well.

  13. Doesn’t look as though Uniqlo have totally abandoned the “drainpipe” shorts look yet, then. Apart from that, the brick red colour will probably be fine.

  14. A bit sloppy for my liking. But hey compare to Nadal’s sleeveless (yikes!)… glad he’s left Nike. And I trust he will look great whatever he wears. Allez!

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