Roger Federer's shoes banned at Wimbledon
Tennis, Roger Federer

Roger Federer follows in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, gets his Nikes banned

6/26/13 in Tennis   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Most of you (myself included) don't remember when the NBA banned Michael Jordan's first signature shoe. Here's an old Nike commercial to help jog your memory:


Now, another world-class athlete has had his Nike sneakers banned from the world's biggest stage, as the Wimbledon officials have banned Roger Federer's new sneakers, saying that the orange soles break the club's All-White dress code.

Here are the shoes:

Blog Photo - Roger Federer's shoes banned at Wimbledon


These actually aren't THAT flamboyant or colorful. But the orange was apparently too much for the powers that be at Wimbledon, and Federer will have to find another option.

The NBA fined Jordan $5,000 per game when his shoes were banned. I'm pretty sure the Wimbledon folks will play it a little differently. Instead of fining Federer, they might just disqualify him, because that's what people do in sports like tennis and golf.

So Federer might not be able to build the legend of these shoes the way Jordan did with his, and I'm sure we'll see them back on his feet shortly with a different colored sole.

What do you think about all of this? Should they be banned at Wimbledon? Or was this just a huge overreaction?
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6/26/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
The male players are already showing there displeasure with this tournament.. Losing in the first round.. dropping out hurt...Are these matches fixed....

Oh look, another baseless accusation! Yeah, Wimbledon has been a MASH unit and upset haven, that does not mean "fixed." Yes, there's an underlying match fixing problem at the lower levels, but the biggest names in the sport in the biggest tournament of the year? That's ridiculous and asinine. It's weird that it's all happening at once, but players do get hurt (tennis is underrated in its physicality), and they get old, and sometimes their opponent plays the match of their lives. That's called sports.

6/26/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

The male players are already showing there displeasure with this tournament.. Losing in the first round.. dropping out hurt...Are these matches fixed....

6/26/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

banned? oh so cool.