Federer will wear the Premier RF Polo, which features Dri-FIT UV fabric and bonded seams to maximize breathability and protect from the sun’s rays. His shorts are made from Dri-FIT herringbone twill — the perfect mix of performance and style.
Coinciding with the release of the shoe on NIKEiD, Federer is giving his Facebook fans the chance to vote for their favorite version and the shoe with the most likes will be worn by him during his daytime matches in Melbourne.
To submit your own vote head over to Nike Tennis.
Roger Federer comes into the season’s first grand slam with no warm-up tournament preparation this year, choosing instead to play a series of exhibition matches.
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Earlier this year I wrote an article about the pace of indoor surfaces and the demise of indoor carpet on the ATP and WTA tours. (see article here) Quick indoor carpet has been completely phased out in favour of medium paced indoor hardcourts based on the plexicushion surface. The slowing down in surfaces has led to a convergence in style of play and allowed defensive minded players to get to the very top of the game and stay there.
Recently Roger Federer called for surfaces to speeded up once again “It’s an easy fix. Just make quicker courts, then it’s hard to defend,” Federer said. “Attacking style is more important. It’s only on this type of slow courts that you can defend the way we are all doing right now.”
When I spoke to the ATP spokesman back in February, he clearly gave the view the surfaces were slowed down and carpet phased out because there were too many complaints that the big serve was dominating tennis. That is a pity because my article clearly dispelled the myth that faster surfaces were only dominated by big servers, I pointed out that many baseliners loved the quicker surfaces.
Players like Ivan Lendl won over 30 tournaments on indoor carpet, much more tournaments on one surface than most players win in an entire career. Lendl won 5 year end Masters titles (ATP World Tour) and played in 8 straight finals between 1982 and 1989. Also Lendl won these titles against the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker, and Stefan Edberg.
Monica Seles was another player who excelled on indoor carpet, and yet both she and Lendl won multiple titles at the French Open, the slowest surface on tour. Martina Hingis also excelled on indoor carpet. In the mens game, Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt and Alex Corretja won the year end championships indoors whilst Jim Courier played in finals in 1991 and 1992 and Michael Chang in 1995.
At the 2012 Australian Open back in January, Roger Federer debuted the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour, his most advanced tennis shoe to date. Created by Tinker Hatfield, the shoe was an instant classic, featuring a foot frame for increased support, Lunarlon and Zoom Air in the heel for lightweight cushioning, and finally Adaptive Fit that wraps around the midfoot for a personalized fit.
The shoe now makes its customization debut at NIKEiD in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes. You can now create your own personal version of the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour.