Ahead of this year's US Open, which kicks off later this month, Uniqlo gives us a look at the gear Roger Federer will be wearing in 2019's final Grand Slam event. Additionally, the brand showcases fellow ambassador Kei Nishikori's US Open threads.
Uniqlo's US Open performance-wear was designed by a team of international designers, led by artistic director Christophe Lemaire. While creating the garments, the group considered the courts and venue where the tournament is held, while also receiving consultation from the athletes regarding their needs and preferences.
Federer's 2019 US Open getup is inspired by black-tie elegance. Furthermore, the monochrome gear reflects Roger's elegant playing style. The top features his preferred short-stand collar, while the highly breathable mesh fabric caters to the heat of mid-summer New York.
"For this year's US Open I wanted an all-black styling, and the design team delivered an excellent, refined look," Federer says. "What I love about this design is how it captures my LifeWear vision of an on-court style that can also go beyond a sporting context. The more we work together, the more we improve, and I'm thankful to the design team at Uniqlo for delivering something special each tournament. I am excited every time we create something new together."
Kei Nishikori's US Open outfits are considerably more colorful, designed to match the blue hard courts. We see hits of white and black playing complement to pink and blue in his fully color-blocked ensembles.
"I really like the multi-colored design, from the shirt down to the shorts and socks," says Nishikori. "The freedom of movement and comfort are exceptional, allowing me to be at complete ease while I play. Uniqlo LifeWear is created with exceptional attention to detail, and always feels great, on and off the court. I hope to draw on my experience at the US Open to give my absolute best."
Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori's replica game gear will be available from August 20 at select Uniqlo stores and online. Federer himself is scheduled to make an appearance at Uniqlo's global flagship store at 666 Fifth Avenue on August 20 to discuss his partnership with the brand. The first 150 customers to purchase $75 or more, including one piece from the US Open collection, will receive a seat for Federer's conversation, which will also be live-streamed on Uniqlo.com.