Federer Debuts The Roger Pro – New Tennis Shoe From On

In his long-awaited return to tennis, Roger Federer had a surprise for his fans. Federer took the court with new tennis shoes, The Roger Pro, designed by Swiss shoemaker On, where Federer is an investor. In 2019, Federer reportedly invested $50 million in the company.

Federer was away from the tour for 13 months after two knee surgeries. During this time, Federer worked with On Lab to come up with the design for The Roger Pro.

The design process started with 3D scans of Federer’s feet. The midsole is made from high-density and high-performance foam. The shoe cage around the midfoot keeps the foot firmly in place while taking quick cuts on the court. The design team also worked to keep the shoe weight low, similar to Federer’s previous shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X.

The upper mesh is breathable and designed for durability.  The shoe is also designed to reduce squeaking on the court. 

Because these shoes are designed to suit Federer’s feet, they are not available for sale at this time. But given Federer’s influence, it is very likely that On will release a version of The Roger Pro that the public can buy at some point in the future.

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Roger Federer Shows Off On’s Tennis Shoe Prototype

Roger Federer has been practicing with On tennis shoes in Doha. We have known for some time that Swiss shoe brand, On has been working on a tennis shoe. 

Roger Federer split with his longtime sponsor Nike and signed up with Uniqlo in 2018. But he continued to wear Nike shoes since Uniqlo doesn’t make tennis shoes. Federer reportedly paid for Nike shoes himself.

In  2019, Roger Federer became an investor in the Swiss shoe brand, On.  On and Federer have expressed interest in making tennis shoes. But building a good tennis shoe, especially one that Federer can wear on a tennis court,  is no easy task.

Federer returns to tennis this week in Doha after a long break from tennis. He underwent multiple knee surgeries and hasn’t played in almost a year. 

When Federer was asked about the On shoes in Doha. The shoes are still a prototype.

The break gave me time to make the project go forward. You cannot build a shoe overnight. I trained with On shoes here in Doha, let’s see if I’ll wear them on Tuesday (for the opening match). So far it looks perfect. It’s still a prototype. It’s exciting

– Roger Federer

We will find out on Tuesday if Federer takes the court with On shoes. The shoes seem further along in development than we had believed. 

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