May 27, 2019 LifeWear
Two decades onwards from his Grand Slam debut, Roger Federer this week returns to the same French soil he first trod as a plucky 17-year-old wildcard back in 1999. Twenty years ago, the story was much simpler and much briefer; sporting a backwards-facing cap, he lost in the first round in four sets (with a swift bagel in the third) to then world Number 3 Patrick Rafter. Federer was ranked 111 in the world.

Roger is wearing our DRY Stretch Sweat Zipped Hoodie

Since then, the Swiss sporting legend has built a towering empire on unrivalled tennis sovereignty, amassing more than 1,200 match wins, 101 tour-level titles and a staggering record 20 Grand Slams.

In recent years however, the clay season has been markedly missing from Federer’s carefully calculated calendar. A series of injuries and continued tactical decisions to avoid the dirt have led to Federer electing to skip the clay ever since he bowed out of the third round of the 2016 Italian Open.
Since he last set a competitive foot on the red dust three years ago, Federer has taken 13 decisive hardcourt and grass titles, including four Masters trophies and three Grand Slams. This Spring, he confirmed his decision to return to the clay.

Roger is wearing our DRY-EX Crew Neck T-Shirt

Federer’s initial foray on old turf in Madrid in early May saw him quickly adapt to the slower, higher-bouncing surface, breezily dominating Frenchman Richard Gasquet in just 52 minutes. Federer went on to fight tooth and nail to victory against Gael Monfils before bowing out to Dominic Thiem in the third round, losing the crucial deciding set.

The defeat caused Federer to enact a last-minute change to his calendar and confirm entry to this year’s Italian Open. There, Federer’s performance led to an uncomplicated victory over Joao Sousa, a tricky three set win over Borna Coric and subsequent withdrawal from the event due to leg injury.
Now, the beginning of this year’s French Open nears on not only the twentieth anniversary of Federer’s first Grand Slam appearance, but also on the decade anniversary of his single title on the Parisian clay.

UNIQLO wishes Global Brand Ambassador Roger Federer luck in the upcoming 2019 French Open.

Designed for the dirt

Such a monumental return to such an important fixture in the tennis calendar warrants a statement on-court outfit. This year, UNIQLO have designed Federer’s 2019 kit with vintage muted hues and earthy tones which compliment the dusty red canvas of the French Open clay courts while encapsulating the by-gone elegance of a pre-Open Era aesthetic.

Shop Roger Federer French Open 2019 DRY-EX Polo Shirt

Like all Federer’s signature UNIQLO gamewear, his polo shirt and matching shorts are enhanced with DRY-EX and DRY technology respectively. These unique fabric innovations allow Federer to retain his on-court edge by quickly wicking sweat away from skin, improving range of motion with seamless 3D construction and providing valuable breathability and optimal air circulation thanks to odour-neutralising fabric and ventilated panelling.

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