federerReigning king of men’s tennis Roger Federer (sorry Nadal, but you’re down for the count) sparkled on the court yesterday, and not just because of his easy disposal of Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets.

The formerly demure Federer, who has worn a preppy, cream blazer and grandpa cardigan to Wimbledon in previous years, donned an outfit worthy of a diva disco queen:  all white, punctuated by gold lamé Nike swooshes, including a waistcoat edged in gold.  Accented by a huge man bag with gold ends that looked, as The Times noted, like a “giant wrapped luxury chocolate.”  All this, topped by what the Telegraph called a “military-safari-raver” jacket.

Asked to explain (justify?) his look, Federer stated that he “went for a modern military look; hope people like it.”  As for their part, Nike, who clothes Federer, said his outfit was “more contemporary” while “still retaining the stylistic cues which make him stand out from the other players.”

And stand out he did:  between the epaulettes, gleaming zipper, and “RF” monograms, Golden General Federer took spectators’ breath away before his first swing of the racket.  Sports that wear uniforms, take heed:  you should be so lucky.

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