Watch: Federer on New Kicks

By Richard Pagliaro

Add a few new titles to Roger Federer’s spectacular resume: shoe designer and play tester.

Entering into his first Tour-level match in 13 months this week, Federer was sporting a brand new pair of kicks for the event.

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The 39-year-old Swiss debuted his new On footwear The Roger Professional after sporting Nike all through his professional profession.

“I labored very closed with the staff within the On lab,” Federer stated stated of creating his new kicks. “I might give them concepts, they turned that into expertise,” Federer stated. “I did numerous testing on the tennis courtroom for weeks and weeks now and I actually really feel prefer it’s the best time to crack them open on a match courtroom.”

The brand new footwear served Federer effectively in his 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-5 comeback conquest of follow companion Dan Evans. And although Federer didn’t convert a match level falling to Nikoloz Basilashvili within the Doha quarters, it appears his shoe change was a hit. Federer stated he felt no ache from his surgically-repaired proper knee after going the three-set distance in back-to-back matches following a 405-day sabbatical from the game.

“Total the physique is definitely fantastic. I am joyful,” Federer stated. “, it may very well be a lot worse. I imply, there was all the time, you realize, a little bit bit inside me that thought, you realize, how am I going to really feel after a brutal first-round match? That is what I used to be desirous about going into the match, and the way would I really feel the second spherical?

“I used to be all the time nervous that possibly I could not play it for no matter purpose. I felt fantastic. , little stiff within the morning, however that is completely regular I feel.”


Federer owns a chunk of Swiss sneaker producer On.

Final summer season, the model launched its first collaboration with the 20-time Grand Slam champion referred to as The Roger, which is a way of life shoe impressed by tennis whereas The Roger Professional is Federer’s precise match competitors shoe. 

The pristine all-ivory shoe, The Roger, which remembers adidas’ traditional Stan Smith mannequin, is impressed by tennis, however not a tennis shoe the Swiss stylist stated final summer season.

“I’m proud to be part of the creation of The Roger,” Federer stated. “It is essentially the most comfy tennis-inspired sneaker you’ll ever put on.”

Bearing the tagline “Swiss Engineering Meets the Swiss Maestro”, the shoe bears a small Swiss flag close to the heel with its title “The Roger” embedded in gold sort above the flag.

Photograph credit score: On

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