Roger Federer stuns with $35,000 detail in stylish Met Gala appearance

The tennis champion turned out with wife Mirka at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Roger Federer, pictured here attending the Met Gala in New York with wife Mirka.
Roger Federer attended the Met Gala in New York with wife Mirka. Image: Getty

Roger Federer has sent tennis fans into a frenzy after making a stylish appearance at the Met Gala in New York. The retired tennis champion turned out with wife Mirka at the annual event on Monday (New York time), wearing a sleek black tuxedo and topping it off with some sunglasses.

Federer is actually hosting the event in 2023. It marks the first time he has attended the Met Gala since 2017, when he famously wore a jacket with a diamond-encrusted cobra on the back. His outfit this year wasn't as outlandish, but he still showed the style and class that he's world-renowned for.

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Federer was recently named GQ's Most Stylish Man of the Decade, and he showed why on Monday. As reported by GQ, Federer also wore a white-gold and black-dial version of The Perpetual 1908 - Rolex's newest watch.

Roger Federer, pictured here wearing a $35,000 watch to the Met Gala.
Roger Federer wore a $35,000 watch to the Met Gala. Image: Getty

It marked the first time anyone was worn the 1908 in public since it was announced by Rolex last month. According to GQ: "The Perpetual 1908 is an elegant new dress watch from the brand known as the King of the Sport Watch, which lays its foundation with the rugged Submariner, Daytona, and GMT-Master lines."

Federer recently said: “I believe style is found in the perfect balance of colour and texture. It’s important to accessorise in moments of celebration and for me, the finishing touch and detail is always my timepiece. The new Rolex Perpetual 1908 adds timeless elegance to my look at this year’s Met Gala.”

The Perpetual 1908 retails for USD $23,460, or just over $35,000 in Australia. However it pales in comparison to the $128,000 piece Federer wore in a ceremonial appearance at Wimbledon last year.

Before his hosting duties got underway, Federer joined friend and Editor in Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour for a look at The Costume Institute's exhibition - Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. He also visited the Cary Leeds Center earlier this week to speak with local junior players, while also catching up with comedian and friend Trevor Noah.

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The Swiss legend announced his sad retirement from tennis in September last year after he abandoned his plans to make a return to the ATP tour due to a knee injury. He played his final event at the Laver Cup, teaming up with Rafa Nadal for a doubles match.

Wimbledon organisers recently said they would be honouring Federer in some way when the grass-court grand slam kicks off in July. According to reports, the BBC are trying to get the 20-time grand slam champion into the commentary box.

According to Simon Briggs of The Telegraph in the UK, the All England Club is heavily courting Federer for a role in the BBC's commentary team. Briggs reported in February that "talks are in the advanced stage" to bring Federer on board.

On the eve of the final event of his career at the Laver Cup, Federer hinted that we might hear him in the commentary box in the near future. "I never thought I would say this," he told reporters. "But six months ago, I suddenly thought commentating on tennis someday. Who knows.

"Although I always said I would never do that. But to commentate on some matches at Wimbledon...Commentating the odd match or giving back in this way, I guess I could imagine it. Sometimes you watch matches because of the commentary and less about the match itself.”

It would mark an emotional return to the All England Club for the eight-time champion after his dream of playing the grand slam one final time in 2023 was ruined by his knee issues. Speaking during an appearance at Wimbledon last year, the 41-year-old said he had been hoping to play the tournament in 2023 amid an attempt to launch a comeback to the ATP tour. However he soon realised that his surgically-repaired knee wasn't going to hold up to the rigours of the tour and announced that the Laver Cup would be his farewell.

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