Feliciano Lopez, combines tradition with style
Tennis View Magazine: You always look fantastic and well put together. Where does your sense of fashion come from?
Feliciano Lopez: I don’t think I am very stylish; I just wear things that I like, and I don’t follow fashion at all. It’s nice to hear that I have great style, especially since I'm not really interested in fashion.
TVM: So when you step onto the court to compete, is function your only concern?
FL: Yes, I don’t consider style and fashion important when I go on court. Tennis is very traditional.
TVM: Who chooses what you wear during competition, you or your sponsor?
FL: Designers from Wilson decide what I have to wear, and we do speak about everything regarding comfort, but basically they are the ones who choose colors.
TVM: Are there any styles, fabric, accessories or colors that you absolutely would never want to wear?
FL: I would never go on the court with those long pants from Nike combined with sleeveless t-shirt. Looking back, I now consider it an inappropriate outfit for a tennis player. As I said before, I am very traditional in style.
“The only problem I have is when I'm shopping for jeans because my legs are very big from my knee to my waist, plus my butt is too big as well!”
TVM: You have very muscular legs and a small waist. Does this make it difficult to find clothes that fit well?
FL: I don't have any problems in particular with tennis clothes. The only problem I have is when I'm shopping for jeans because my legs are very big from my knee to my waist, plus my butt is too big as well!
TVM: If you could be an athletic apparel designer for a day, what would you create?
FL: I don’t like when clothes look big and wide on the court. I would create a very traditional outfit in white. In my opinion, white is the nicest color to wear on court. Shorts would be shorter like they were in the old times, and I would maintain a traditional polo.
“…Shorts would be shorter like they were in the old times, and I would maintain a traditional polo.”
TVM: And turning from apparel to your hair, which you tend to change styles frequently, will you keep your locks long or short this year?
FL: I probably won’t let my hair grow long again. First off, it's much more comfortable to play like this, when it's short, and it looks better on an old guy like me!
This article is from the Mar/Apr 2014 - Stan Wawrinka issue
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