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Murray gets retro outfit to honor Fred Perry

IT'S no longer only women who get to unveil their outfits for major tennis tournaments these days.

With Wimbledon starting next week, the player looking to be the first British man to win the title at the All England Club since 1936 has a new set of clothes designed by a label named after the last man to lift the trophy.

Third-ranked Andy Murray will play at Wimbledon this year with a retro outfit made specifically for the grass-court Grand Slam tournament by clothing maker Fred Perry.

The all-white shirt and shorts - a must under traditional Wimbledon rules - feature the initials "AM" under the crossed laurel branches. The company said the clothes were inspired by the "shirts that Fred Perry designed for clients and friends such as John F. Kennedy and Billie Jean King."

"I've already tested it out on the courts and look forward to wearing it at Wimbledon next week," Murray said in a statement. "I hope one day to follow in Fred Perry's footsteps and repeat his success at Wimbledon."

Perry is Britain's best ever men's tennis player, winning three straight Wimbledon titles from 1934-36 and completing a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in 1935. He also won three U.S. Opens, an Australian Open and was a world champion at table tennis. Perry died in 1995.

Murray's outfit for this year's tournament is being made in honor of Perry's 100th birthday. It also includes a cable v-neck sweater.

While many players show up at major tournaments with specially made outfits, it's usually just the women that get the attention - especially Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus.

Roger Federer, however, managed to impress the fashionistas when he arrived at the 2007 Wimbledon tournament in a five-piece getup complete with dinner jacket and a gold "RF" on the left breast pocket.

Federer won his fifth straight Wimbledon title that year.


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