Coiffeur Choices at Citi Open. Pricey or Not So Pricey?

By Jane Voigt

Washington D.C., July 21, 2016 — Roger Federer has paid a pretty penny for a haircut, the New York Times reported today. 

“It’s much more about what Mirka wants,” Federer said, referring to his wife’s comment in the article that, “He doesn’t want his hair to fall in his eyes.” 

Mr. Rogers, the New York stylist at Sally Hershberger, charged Federer $400 but the price at her salon can be as high as $800. A visit can go far beyond a cut and blow dry to include highlights, toners, straightening, root concealers and replenishing color. 

“Really! He has an expensive one,” Kristina Mladenovic, who is French, said about Federer’s pay out, after she defeated Sabine Lisicki, 6-3, 6-3, on Stadium Court. The most she remembers paying for a haircut was 300 Euros ($330 USD). “I think I had color, shampoo and haircut.”

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Kristina Mladenovic (left) and doubles partner Caroline Garcia, both of France, showed off their winning hardware at Volva Car Open this spring in Charleston, S.C.
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She doesn’t use hairdressers on the road much because “it’s always shorter than you want. I have confidence in my salon at home. It’s cozy there. A nice relaxing afternoon.”

When told how much President Hollande spent on haircuts a month — $10,000 — all ‘Kiki’ could do was throw her head back and laugh. “This is hilarious. I really don’t know what to say about that. But I definitely won’t spend that much money on my hair, for sure.”

Mladenovic was the only person interviewed who felt that women should pay more than men for haircuts. “They have less hair and usually don’t color. So, I’d say that it’s more logical and fair that we do pay a bit more for once.”

Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau said the higher price is justified. 

“For cutting my hair so few times, it’s fair,” Mergea said, then laughed, adding, “If I were a salon owner, I’d be fine with it, too.”


They both were in a good mood after defeating Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin, 6-1, 6-4, to move into the semifinals here at Citi Open.

“Lately we’ve had haircuts at tournaments," Tecau added, smiling. “They’ve been providing a hairdresser at the Grand Slams, like Wimbledon. It doesn’t cost anything and it’s for players, guests and coaches.”

The most Mergea has spent on a cut … $40-50. Tecau … $100. They each had their last cut at Wimbledon. The team paired up five weeks ago to prepare for the Rio Olympics; both are Romanian. They’ve played Stuttgart, Bucharest, and two matches in Davis Cup prior to arriving in Washington.

Stevie Johnson obviously didn’t care that Federer spent $400 on a haircut, "He’s got good hair.” 

The American, who defeated friend and countryman Ryan Harrison, 6-4, 6-4, today, said he’d spent about $40-50 tops for a haircut.

“I got my guy back in L. A. and whenever I’m home every few weeks I go see him and laugh it up,” the former University of Southern California star said. “I just go to a barber shop. My hair’s nothing special.” 

About those out-of-sight prices some men are paying for cuts and dos in New York, Stevie said, “If it looks good … it looks good.”

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Ivo Karlovic is a tall order for any hairdresser at six-foot-eleven. The Croatian native doesn’t consider a haircut very important.
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Ivo Karlovic is not a man to waste money on a hair cut. 

“Most [I paid] is maybe 80 pounds, which was in England about eight years ago. Ever since then I didn’t spend that much on haircuts because what’s the point … a haircut is a haircut.”

The six-foot-eleven Croatian clipped the wings of Australian and third-seed Bernard Tomic today, 7-6(4), 6-3. Ivo plays American Jack Sock in the quarterfinals. Sock, who sports a crew cut, wasn’t contacted about this story. Bets he’s not a salon guy, though.

© Jane Voigt Tennis 2013