Legends of the Court: Roger Federer and Michael Jordan Team Up to Make Sneaker History
There are a few things Michael Jordan and Roger Federer have in common. Both, at various times in their careers as athletes, ruled the court. Driven by the unflinching desire to win, Jordan and Federer have achieved household-name status as seemingly invincible champions. Jordan was 33 when he retired for the first time with six NBA Championships and six NBA Finals MVP awards under his belt. Today, 33-year-old Federer will take the court at the U.S. Open for the 15th time, with hopes of winning his 18th major tournament. He’ll be wearing sneakers with the iconic Air Jordan insignia on the tongue.
“About a year ago, I heard that Roger wanted to design and wear a Jordan shoe on the court,” says Jordan. “I have followed Roger’s career and have been a big fan for some time now. I definitely thought this could be a really unique and special collaboration, and when I heard that Roger wanted the shoe to be modeled after the Air Jordan 3, I was in.”
No athlete compares to Michael Jordan when it comes to kicks, but Federer does have a signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour, designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man responsible for creating many of Jordan’s most iconic styles. Among Hatfield’s greatest contributions to the sneaker world: the Jordan 3, one of the most coveted of the Jordan oeuvre, originally released in 1988. (His Airness now has 29 signature shoes to his name.)
“To me, this collaboration is not just about style,” says Jordan. “The end product features the classic elephant print from the Air Jordan 3 and the best tennis performance technology. I think the fans are going to love it. To see a Jordan shoe debut on the feet of one of the best tennis players of all time is something really amazing.”
That shoe, the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor AJ3 by Jordan, will be available tomorrow, August 27 at Nike stores and on nike.com.
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