Fashion, Friendship Take Center Court at Wimbledon

Serena's coat, Federer's opponent steal first-round limelight
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 9:51 AM CDT
Men's defending singles champion Roger Federer in action during his first-round match against Dominik Hrbaty at Wimbledon, Monday, June 23, 2008. Federer won, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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(Newser) – Roger Federer and Serena Williams can't make news just by winning anymore—all the Wimbledon buzz about them seems to be about seating and sartorial choices. Williams had the press all aflutter with her choice of warmup gear: a short white trench coat ("stitched with gold") that she removed before dispatching Kaia Kanepi 7-5, 6-3, the LA Times reports.

In the midst of Federer's 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 drubbing of old friend Dominik Hrbaty, the top-ranked player found his opponent sitting beside him. Hrbaty's decision to plop down so close might have been the first of its kind, but Federer didn't find it out of place. "We go way back. We used to play doubles together. Used to practice a lot together," he said.