Roger Federer planned to spend this summer the same way he’s spent nearly every summer: playing tennis. This week, he would have been competing in Wimbledon had it not been canceled due to the pandemic; much of the 2020 ATP Tour has been scrubbed or postponed until 2021, ditto the Olympic Games in Tokyo (though we’re still holding out hope for the U.S. Open in New York). Unsurprisingly, the world’s greatest player is taking it all in stride—and he’s still finding ways to celebrate his sport. Today, Federer is unveiling the Roger, his first sneaker designed in collaboration with On, the Swiss running brand he joined as an investor last fall.
Conventional wisdom would suggest a sneaker with Federer’s name on it might be of the performance variety—one we’d hopefully see him wearing on the court next summer. That could certainly be in the works, but he wanted the Roger to be a “tennis-inspired” sneaker that anyone can wear. “It’s not for tennis, it’s for the street,” he said on a Zoom video call from On’s design studio in Zurich. “I hope it’s a shoe you can wear every day, sort of like your watch—something that’s so comfortable, you want to wear it all the time.”
At first glance, the Roger looks similar to other “lifestyle” sneakers on the market: sleek, white, low-profile. Classic white sneakers have become the foundation of our modern wardrobe, a shoe that works with everything—jeans, leggings, or even a dress or suit. The Roger is On’s second lifestyle shoe, following the sold-out Cloudnova earlier this spring, and also appears to be the first sneaker designed without the brand’s signature, bubble-like CloudTec soles. As the name suggests, they look and feel like a row of little clouds under your feet; the distinctive look is what piqued Federer’s interest when he saw everyone in Switzerland wearing Ons. The bouncy technology is still part of the Roger, though—Federer just challenged the design team to hide it inside the shoe for a cleaner finish. “It was a really big deal, because CloudTec is what they’re most famous for,” he said. In the studio, he turned the sneaker over in his hand to show the clean lines and pointed out On’s other signature detail, the Speedboard, a plate injected in the sole to improve a runner’s agility.
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Photo: Juergen Teller / Courtesy of On
These sneakers aren’t meant for running. But why shouldn’t your go-to shoe—the one you might spend most of your time wearing—be just as comfortable and considered? “I wanted to make sure we could integrate On’s same technology into a street shoe,” Federer explained. “If you look at other tennis-inspired shoes, they were designed a really long time ago, back when Björn Borg and John McEnroe were playing tennis”—and most have retained the same clunky, vulcanized rubber soles. “We said, let’s use today’s technology so they’re actually comfortable.”
The challenge was to incorporate those cushy soles and technical tweaks without adding heft. “The first version Roger tried out was really bulky, because we were trying to reinvent a sneaker,” On’s cofounder David Allemann explained. “Roger said it was important that it was super sleek, so we spent a lot of time shaving everything down and making it very light.” The final result is one-third the weight of most sneakers, and the eco-minded shopper will be happy to know it’s 100% vegan leather, too. Allemann said one of his long-term ambitions is to incorporate natural, bio-based materials (in lieu of the usual plastic or leather) that still live up to customers’ expectations. “If you’re making a technical sneaker, you can’t compromise on performance, but how can you make it fully sustainable?” he asked. “That’s what everyone in the market is working on. It’s a race in and of itself.
Federers new sneaker for On dubbed The Roger
Federer’s new sneaker for On, dubbed The RogerPhoto: Courtesy of On
It’s a noble goal considering sneakers are only going to become a bigger part of our lives. Allemann believes the trend toward comfort and function has been accelerated by the pandemic: “Performance used to borrow from fashion, but we’re now in a moment where fashion is borrowing from performance,” he said. “The big question is, what happens now? Almost every fashion brand has a sneaker, even the ones that never made sneakers before. Our lives have changed, and work, play, sport—everything is converging. If everyone is going to start wearing sneakers, we want to add the functional benefit.”
“It’s interesting to see how the casual and comfortable materials we use for sports are coming more into our everyday lives, especially now that we’re all working from home,” Federer added. He shared one caveat: “I’m really happy to say that I hope everybody wears these shoes, but let’s not forget some fashion, as well. Because I love that part too.”
How is Federer styling his own pair of the Roger? You can get a glimpse in the Juergen Teller photo above and by tuning into Roger Live, a virtual event where he’s chatting with special guests, reminiscing about his first Wimbledon victory (which happened this day 17 years ago), and answering questions submitted by fans. If you want to be among the first to wear his sneaker, you’ll have to act fast—and cross your fingers. The first run is just 1,000 pairs, released through a “draw” online and in partnership with Dover Street Market. If your name isn’t chosen, there will be other opportunities to buy the sneaker in multiple colors, and Federer promised there’s lots more to come. “On is a fast-moving, nimble company that makes really quick decisions, so they’re really interesting to work with,” he said. “We’re evolving the Roger, but we’re also talking about all the other things we can do together.”
Maria Sharapova Gives a Sarcastic Reply to Mardy Fish About Gifting Him a Porsche
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2021, popularly known as the WTA Stuttgart Open, will be taking place soon. Interestingly, Maria Sharapova is promoting the tournament since she is the brand ambassador of Porsche.
Hilarious as always, former tennis player Mardy Fish asked Maria Sharapova if he could get a Porsche from her on Twitter. Interestingly, the 5-time Grand Slam champion came up with a witty reply.
“Yes. I’d be happy to help you with the purchase,” said Sharapova sarcastically in response.
Sharapova didn’t deny Fish a Porsche but instead agreed to help him with the purchase. Some fans are even suspecting that Sharapova might gift a Porsche to her fellow countryman.
Sharapova has been working as the brand ambassador for Porsche since 2013. Thus, she often promotes its events across many social media platforms. She reminded the fans that even though the WTA Stuttgart Open 2021 is happening in the closed stadium this year, they can still watch it from the safety of their homes.
The tournament will begin on April 19, 2021, and will run till April 25, 2021.
Maria Sharapova at the WTA Stuttgart Open 2021
Sharapova has won the Stuttgart Open title three times in her career. Stunningly, she won the title for three consecutive years in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 2012, she led a tough campaign but managed to win the title by defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final. Next year, she thrashed Li Na to win her second back-to-back title. The final match against Caroline Wozniacki in 2014 was probably her toughest, where she made an incredible comeback after losing the first set to clinch her third title.
Only Martina Navratilova and Tracy Austin have won the title on more occasions than Sharapova. Navratilova won it six times while Austin won the initial four editions of the tournament. However, before 2006, the Porsche Grand Prix used to take place in Filderstadt instead of Stuttgart.
Fans got quite disappointed when Sharapova retired suddenly in 2020. They believe that she still has a lot of tennis left in her and can make a comeback. Will Sharapova return to the court?
‘Suffered a lot’: Roger Federer’s startling confession about wife
Roger Federer has opened up about wife Mirka in a revealing insight into the most famous WAG in world tennis.
Roger and Mirka are arguably the most-loved couple in tennis, with fans swooning over their relationship.
Mirka was a budding tennis player before meeting Roger at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, before a number of debilitating injuries forced her to retire.
“My wife Mirka has suffered a lot due to her physical problems,” Federer said in an interview with Ringier.
“Her career ended very early and I myself advised her to end that pain.
“I told her as if it were the simplest thing in the world.
“Looking back on it today, I get a weird feeling. I am still playing tournaments at 40 and I find it difficult to stop.”
Federer also revealed a funny anecdote about when Mirka called him in the middle of a match.
“She once phoned me while I was in the middle of a game,” he recalled.
“She had completely forgotten that I was playing.
“This is exactly what I like about her. When we are in a tournament, she is 100% involved, while at home she is free from all thoughts.”
Roger and Mirka have been married since 2009 and have two sets of twins together – Myla and Charlene and Leo and Lenny.
After retiring from tennis in 2002, Mirka went on to serve as Federer’s manager for a brief period before having children.
Mirka and the kids are often spotted courtside at Federer’s matches, cheering on the Swiss legend.
Meanwhile, Federer will almost certainly miss the Australian Open for the second year in a row, with the Swiss maestro said to be recovering slowly from a third knee surgery in 18 months.
Federer’s long-time coach Ivan Ljubicic has played down fears the tennis world has seen the last of the 20-times grand slam champion, who turned 40 in August.
Federer has played just 13 matches in 2021 and not one since suffering a straight-sets quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon in July.
The six-time Open champion’s latest four-month lay-off comes after he spent a year on the sidelines following his record-setting 15th semi-final appearance at Melbourne Park in 2020.
“Roger Federer is very unlikely to play the Australian Open,” Ljubicic told Sky Sport TV on Sunday.
“He is 40 and doesn’t recover as fast as before. But he wants to compete again and won’t retire all of a sudden.
“We will be able to see Roger again next year. I don’t know when exactly, but he is undergoing rehabilitation. He is recovering slowly, he is not in a hurry.”
The veteran superstar was still on crutches when he made a surprise appearance courtside at the Laver Cup in Boston in late September.
“Given that he was still on crutches, I doubt we’d see him here because he needs a longer prep to get ready for a grand slam than what he’s going to be able to have,” Australian doubles great turned commentator Todd Woodbridge told AAP.
Federer contested a record 21 successive Opens from 2000 to 2020 and boasts a remarkable 102-15 win-loss record at the tournament.
EMINEM’S CONVICTED BURGLAR IS BACK ON THE PROWL BEATING DOWN SECURITY GUARDS
Matthew David Hughes, the man who broke into homes looking for Eminem multiple times in an effort to kill him back in 2020, is once again in legal trouble.
Hughes was originally charged with first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property but pleaded no contest to second-degree home invasion in exchange for the former charges being dropped.
Hughes pleaded guilty in Macomb County Circuit Court on Monday (November 22) for failing to show up for his probation appointment on September 30. According to court records, he also pleaded not guilty to assaulting the security guard. Following his sentencing, his attorney Richard Glanda said he didn’t know where Hughes would be residing considering he was reportedly homeless upon being arrested.
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The man known to be Eminem’s stalker was originally sentenced to five years probation after serving 524 days in jail for breaking into the Detroit rap star Clinton Township house in April 2020 and threatening to kill him. Eminem allegedly woke up to Hughes towering over his bed and escorted him out of his house where a security guard restrained him until police arrived.
Hughes is currently being held in the county jail on $10,000 bond. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on December 15 for his parole violation.
Drake once had a similar stalking-related situation happen to him, when a knife-wielding woman was arrested in March for trying to break into his Toronto estate. She allegedly struck a security guard with a metal pipe when trying to gain access to the property.