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Federer: All-white clothing rule 'too strict'

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LONDON (AP) -- Roger Federer says Wimbledon's tighter enforcement of its all-white clothing policy for players is "too strict."

There have been complaints this year from some players over the more stringent regulations that include undergarments, the amount of colored trim on shirts and shorts and headbands and wristbands.

Seven-time champion Federer, who was last year told not to wear running shoes with orange soles, said after his quarterfinal win Wednesday that photographs of past champions such as Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker show that "there was some colors."

All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said in a statement provided by a club spokesman that "the rule is almost entirely in white."

"We felt the time was right to make accessories such as undergarments, headbands and wristbands consistent with the policy we were applying to the shirts, shorts and socks," Lewis added.

Federer said he hopes Wimbledon might be less rigid with the all-white clothing rules in the future.

"My personal opinion, I think it's too strict," he said. "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. "

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ga7smi July 02 2014 at 11:02 PM

the don't enter the event

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vivic63 ga7smi July 03 2014 at 4:17 PM

If all the best players did that, wimbledon would be a flop.

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jmg62 July 03 2014 at 2:58 AM

Sorry, but I find it refreshing. Looking at the SLOB clothes, wrinkled, unwashed? if they think it brings them luck, the grubby T-shirts, the ass-picking, readjusting, bad fit, boobs a bouncing, advertisement filled, sweat ridden and basically UGLY crap - kids in the City don't even wear - a little brightness (I'd wondered why they all looked more smartly dressed this year) doesn't harm anyone. Not even their own image. Sure, everyone would like to have their own "style" on display - but for the money - a tournament such as Wimbledon - {that players used to be asked to change if not in white} - I think they can "suffer" a fortnight in white wear. Or don't play Wimbledon if it's too strict and unseemly to one's fashion sense. Not one top ten player having lost hasn't mentioned playing on grass as a possibility for that particular outcome. Not outright blame perhaps - but that's Wimbledon for ya's. BTW: HOW much do those making the Round of 16 on up make nowadays? Boo-hoo, so put upon.

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tbplayer44 July 03 2014 at 7:59 AM

Heaven forbid someone have standards and then adhere to them. You Roger - if you dont like the rules, try another sport... say Tiddly-Winks...

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vivic63 tbplayer44 July 03 2014 at 4:15 PM

You sound so un-athletic; you probably never played a competitive sport.

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vpprince88 July 03 2014 at 8:32 AM

famous folks need to take inventory of how blessed they are....most of us would give a body part to play on a professional level.....rules are quite simple ....you can always wait for the no rules championship

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vivic63 vpprince88 July 03 2014 at 4:21 PM

He helped make tennis what it is currently. He also has the right to express his opinion about the dress code. It's only tennis. Get it now?

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vivaldi59 vivic63 July 03 2014 at 10:19 PM

Roger Federer, a great One indeed. But he was presided by many Great Ones and will be subsided by even more!

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BlueEyedJetsFan July 03 2014 at 8:54 AM

"But that's the time we go through now"?Wimbeldon has been since 1877....I don't think wearing white is too strict.

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k9minds4recovery July 03 2014 at 1:47 PM

People; did you read the whole article before you started your rants? The rules have been changed; stricter than rules in Borg's and Becker's days. At the end, but of course you would have had to read it to the end before you made up your your one-brain-celled minds:

"My personal opinion, I think it's too strict. 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. " -- Roger Federer

Roger Federer, always a class act.

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martha July 03 2014 at 8:52 AM

...then don't play there...and am pleased to see most people feel the same way!!! WAHWAHWAH!!!

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babuon July 03 2014 at 9:24 AM

I totally approve of the Wimbledon rules.
It's a pleasure to watch players who don't look like advertising sandwich boards and who look neat, clean, and ready to play real tennis. I wish other venues would take a tip from the Brits!

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Bob July 03 2014 at 9:22 AM

Wait until the NAACP hears about this. Jesse is lawsuit bound over discrimination of players not being able to wear black clothing.

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donnagiovane1 Bob July 03 2014 at 6:13 PM

makes zero sense. do you even watch tennis? lol

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derealest July 03 2014 at 9:09 AM

Hey Roger....just maybe, maybe the oldest tournament, the most prestigious, and coveted tournament might know what they are doing. Maybe.....just maybe it is about the tennis, not the outfit. Just sayin'

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