Federer career sartorial memories stacked in home clothing archive (dpa German Press Agency)

Dubai, UAE (dpa) – With tennis ‘uniform’ changes a near-monthly exercise for style icon and marketing machine Roger Federer, the world number two believes he needs some way to hold onto a few sartorial memories.
Hence, the personal Federer archive of almost all the kit he’s worn over his career spanning a decade and a half and counting.
The six-time winner in Dubai, who advanced into Thursday’s quarter-finals over Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, has revealed that he has multiple copies of every outfit he’s used as a pro – save a few from the early days before he got the idea to start saving them.
“I have to take care of them. And of course I missed some of the outfits early on in my career because I didn’t think I was going to have a career,” he said to some laughter.
“I give a lot to charity, of course. And if I have enough, I give to friends and family,” said the 33-year-old. “And then I always keep probably three of each outfit.
“They are in a closet – in an archive – just because I feel like I have to keep these things, because I never want to look back and think like, oh, I wish I still had that outfit. Maybe one day I can give it away again to somebody.”
The second seed is currently going with a bright orange top and light shorts with a satiny, shiny stripe down the side. It makes a bit of a change from the more conservative outfits to date.
“I think it’s different. I’ve worn so many outfits over the years, and I am lucky enough to be able to change my outfit 10 to 12 times a year. But how many times can you do a t-shirt and another coloured shirt?
“I was like, ‘Let’s mix it up a little bit.’ I haven’t worn bright colours in some time. I asked if that could be an option. I think it (his latest clothing iteration) actually works okay. I like it, and I hope fans enjoy the energy that comes out of it a bit.”