Saturday, January 4, 2014

QATAR OPEN: Thursday Diary - How cool are Dreddy's shoes?

 Photo via Dustin Brown's Instagram 

It’s been a particularly successful tournament for the Germans in Doha this year with six Germans making it to the last 16 and four going a step further and reaching the quarter-finals.

While Florian Mayer was impressive in his dismissal of Andy Murray and Peter Gojowczyk did great in making his first career ATP semi-final, I don’t think anything has stood out more than Dustin Brown’s shoes. The German-Jamaican oozes coolness and flair, whether it’s his explosive serve-and-volley style, his long dreadlocks or his fashion sense.

Brown was famous for wearing fluorescent shoelaces, a different colour on each shoe but Dreddy – as he is known to his fans online – has now taken his fashion statements to a whole other level. Dreddy stepped on court in Doha wearing a fluorescent orange left shoe and a glaring yellow right shoe. He’s been donning those pair of Nikes around the Challenger tour for a few months but this week, Dreddy’s “boys” - as he likes to refer to them - have made their debut on the ATP tour. There’s been mixed reaction to the mismatched shoes but I have to say the German can certainly pull it off.

Meanwhile, the best opening line of a press conference award has got to go to Gojowczyk. “Hello, everybody. My name is Peter. I'm from Germany, from Munich.” The world No162 is not a very familiar face on the ATP tour, but after making it to the last four, where he took on world No1 Rafael Nadal, Gojowczyk figured it’s high time he introduced himself to the press. He went on to reveal that the last time he had spoken to Nadal was when he asked him for his autograph at the US Open a few months ago. What a difference a few months can make!

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