ZURICH - SWITZERLAND, March 9th, 2021 - Today, the world watches as Roger Federer makes his long-awaited comeback at the 2021 Qatar Open in Doha. All eyes will fall on the Swiss maestro's feet where, for the first time, his craftsmanship on the court will be matched with an equally crafted shoe — THE ROGER Pro, On's debut tennis competition shoe Swiss-engineered by Roger Federer and the On Lab.

Developing a tennis shoe meant adapting On's technologies to meet the demands of the court. Counter to running's forward movement, tennis requires agile side-to-side directional changes at high speeds.

"Tennis players put up to three times their body weight through a shoe during lateral movements," explains Olivier Bernhard, On’s Co-Founder and Innovation Leader.

"These high forces demand extreme agility and stability. That's what we worked with Roger to create."

On's first tennis shoe features a stable midsole of high-performing foam, a midfoot cage for precision of foot placement during rapid-fire rallies, and a rounded sole to support smooth transitions between strokes.

Consistent with all models across the Swiss line, THE ROGER Pro incorporates a plate between the midsole and upper - or Speedboard® - for enhanced energy return. Made from 100% carbon fibre, this explosive feature absorbs impact from landing before returning it for added agility.

"After so many years at the top of world sport, Roger has his sense of what performance should feel like completely dialed in," says Bernhard, a former professional athlete. "He can sense every small adjustment. This insight guided the whole project."

The concept of THE ROGER Pro served as the initial technology inspiration for all models of THE ROGER sneaker franchise, including THE ROGER Centre Court, Clubhouse and Advantage.

THE ROGER Pro is a one-of-a-kind model Swiss-engineered to Roger's requirements and not available for purchase.

Assets available here.

About On?

On was born in the Swiss Alps with one goal: to revolutionize the sensation of running. Eleven years after market launch, On delivers industry-disrupting innovation in premium footwear, apparel, and accessories for high-performance running, outdoor, and all day activities. Driven by peer-recommendation, On’s award- winning CloudTec® technology and groundbreaking strides in sportswear’s circular economy has attracted the fastest-growing global fan base in specialty running — inspiring humans to explore through fearless performance, mindful innovation and purposeful design; empowering all to run on clouds.

18 months ago, Roger Federer joined the founders of the young running brand to shape its future. As a true partner, he is currently helping in overseeing product development, marketing and fan experiences as well as the athlete spirit of On’s high-performing culture.

On’s Cloudtec® sole is patented worldwide. Ten years after market launch, On is available at 7,000 retailers in over 55 countries in Europe, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific.

Feb 3, 2021Switzerland

After months of training and careful consideration, Roger will make his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha starting March 8, 2021. 

Speaking to Swiss broadcaster SRF, Federer said, “I thought for a long time when and where I should come back. Australia was still a bit too early because of my knee… I want to celebrate big victories once again. And for that I am ready to go the long, hard way.”

Roger has won three titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (2005-06 and 2011) and looks forward to playing competitive tennis again.

February 20, 2020

"My right knee has been bothering me for a little while. I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday. After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open. I am grateful for everyone's support. I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"

Watch all of the magic moments from the Roger Federer Foundation's Match in Africa:

CAPE TOWN, 7 February 2020

It isn’t every day that we get to see two international tennis greats play on South African soil. But the crowd of 51,945 fans at Cape Town Stadium on 7 February were lucky enough to witness history in action, when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal went head-to-head in The Match in Africa, raising USD 3.5 million (approximately R54.6 million) for the charitable Roger Federer Foundation. TheMatch in Africa was the sixth edition of this event, but the first to take place on African soil. And the crowd of more than 51’945 people set a new world record for the largest attendance at a tennis match.

The atmosphere in the capacity stands was electric as Bill Gates and Trever Noah joined the two champions for a curtain-raising doubles match, with Federer and Gates facing off against Nadal and Noah. Fans were ecstatic to see Trevor Noah back on home soil as both he and Bill Gates convincingly proved that there’s more to them than their less sporty day jobs and that they were fully committed to a good cause.

The Match in Africa also showcased a host of local talent in between the matches, which kept excitement high, including the legendary Ndlovu Youth Choir and the energetic Zip Zap Circus – a Cape Town-based social circus that was founded to inspire young people andto help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did not disappoint, launching into an exciting rally of world-class tennis that had spectators on the edges of their seats.

After ahard-fought three Roger emerged as the winner of this round. But the players matched each other lobby forlobby and ace for ace throughout. The thundering contest was tense to the last minute. The event raised a total of USD 3.5 million (approximately R54.6 million). And all the net proceeds generated by The Match in Africa will be donated to the RogerFederer Foundation, to support education in rural South Africa.

The Roger Federer Foundation has been supporting education programmes for over 16 years and has invested extensively in educational initiatives throughout Africa.

Following the match, Roger Federer said, “What an unforgettable night. We raised more than three-and-a-half million US dollars for vulnerable children in the region, achieved a world record with more than 51’945spectators at a tennis match and had so much fun onthe court. Thanks, Rafa for a great match, to Billand Trevor for stepping out of their comfort zones, andmost of all, thank you, South Africa, and thank you Cape Town, for all your overwhelming support and for making a difference to those who need it most.”