Seen as though there's no tennis on whatsoever and the only real tennis news is to do with the politics of the game I thought I'd look at my top 10 outfits that Roger has worn over the years. I was planning on making it top 20, but after digging through photos I realised I'm not really a fan of anything Roger wore pre 2006. Since 2006 though pretty much every outfit has been top drawer and Nike have clearly placed a lot of emphasis on the designs, anyway without further ado…
10. Miami Masters, 2009
Ah the polo Roger was wearing when he destroyed his racket against Djokovic in Miami after his forehand went AWOL, and then he famously said “the hardcourt season is over, I don't care anymore, I'm moving over to clay…new chapter”. Boom French Open win and career Grand Slam! Never a truer word has been spoken.
The Outfit: Cream Polo with a light brown collar and baby blue detail, baby blue sweatband and light brown/khaki like shorts.
9. Swiss Indoors, Basel 2010
If my memory serves, this is the first time Roger wore purple on court. This ones come from Basel in 2010. It's always good to see Fed in a new colour, and this one suits his skin colour down to a tee.
The Outfit: Purple Polo, Purple Bandana, Purple Sweatband and Navy Blue Shorts.
8. US Open, 2007
The 2007 US Open saw the arrival on tour of Darth Federer, coming off the back of victories in Australia and Wimbledon, Roger won his 4th straight US Open title beating Djokovic in straight sets. He was down a break in each set, but still came through. Jedi like.
The Outfit: All Black
7. ATP World Tour Finals, 2010
After the best possible start winning the Australian Open for the 4th time, Fed's 2010 season tailed off completely after he failed to make it past the Semi's at the 3 remaining slams. The indoor courts proved to be his saviour and he dominated the World Tour Finals from start to finish beating Nadal in the final.
The Outfit: Red polo, Red Sweatband and Greyey Blue Shorts
6. Australian Open, 2010
This was the outfit Fed wore when he won his last slam (hopefully that won't be the case for too much longer!) at Australia in 2010.
The Outfit: Baby Blue Polo, Bandana, Sweatband and White Shorts
5. French Open, 2009
Probably the most memorable outfit of recent times, this one was worn at Roger's first French Open Victory in 2009. This outfit saw plenty court time – he was taken to 5 sets by Tommy Haas in the 4th round before hitting probably the best inside out forehand ever played to turn the match around. Then a marathon semi final against Del Potro that was in the balance for extended periods and then the final against Soderling where history was made. Allez!
The Outfit: Light Blue Polo with Navy Collar and Orange detailing, Navy Sweatband and Navy Shorts with Light Blue stripe.
4. Swiss Indoors, Basel, 2011
The latest one of Federer's outfits in the list is this one, the Basel 2011 Polo. It's unique in the sense that it has no seams on the sleeves. In this he won Basel for a record 5th time and turned a somewhat disappointing season around.
The Outfit: Blue Polo, Navy Shorts and White Sweatband
3. US Open, 2006
This is the only non polo to figure in the list, and it's also the earliest one – from the US Open 2006. I'd say since 2006 Roger has predominantly worn polo necks, there's been a few crew necks like this one, a few v necks and the ridiculous Henley necked ones.
The Outfit: Light Blue Polo, Headband, White Sweatband and Shorts
2. Wimbledon, 2009
I almost put this as my number 1 as it's definitely the classiest looking one of the lot. After winning the French you didn't think it could get much better as a Fed fan, but after Nadal withdrew from the All England Club it made the tournament wide open for Federer, and he didn't fail to deliver, sealing his 6th Wimbledon Crown with a hard fought 5 set victory over Andy Roddick.
The Outfit: All White with Gold detailing
1. French Open, 2011
This was my favourite tournament of the year, so this polo is a worthy number 1. The design of this one was very unique, I've never been a fan of just solid red but the white horizontal lines on this made it work a treat. This tournament and outfit are very memorable, we witnessed him beating Djokovic in an epic semi final, and then Finger Wag 2.0. Awesome.
The Outfit: Red Polo, Sweatband and Bandana, White Shorts.
So there you have it, my top 10 outfits of Federer's career so far. Who knows what next year will bring, both in the clothing department and the trophy one, but I hope they're both good. I'm running low on post ideas so my next will probably be a look at the Australian Open which begins at the end of January. So until then, Happy Christmas and New Year to all Fed Fans!