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Is life really that different for Roger?

17.09.2007 | Off Court

Roger sends text messages to his friends (granted, that includes Tiger), has to skip dinner (admittedly with Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller) due to work commitments and sometimes he can't get court time when he wants it.

DEUCE Magazine questioned our World No. 1 during the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati about being Roger. So, when was the last time...


I hired a tennis court?

Probably in Switzerland somewhere. I always call and say 'is it okay if I play' and sometimes it happens they say 'the court is taken at this time.' So I had to come at a different time. But I don't have to pay there anymore. Generally we struggle in Switzerland to get free practice courts but they gave me a special arrangement.

 

I played a match that no-one watched?

For a tournament match you'd probably have to go back to the juniors. It was only a practice set, but when I played Pete Sampras [at his house, before the Pacific Life Open in March] there were probably only three people watching.

 

I had to show my credential badge at a tournament?

It happens all the time because they want to scan your badge. They go after plastic, not faces.

 

I had a really unusual fan request?

I had a guy write to me asking for $10 million. He had some sort of story but it didn't make a lot of sense.

 

I changed the home page on my computer?

When we launched rogerfederer.com - of course!

 

I went somewhere and wasn't recognized?

I'm not sure about that one. It's been a while.

 

I played a competitive sport other than tennis?

Honestly, I'm very careful these days to avoid injury. I stopped playing soccer matches. I don't ski anymore. I try to save my energy.

 

I broke a string?

During practice in Dubai. In a match? It hasn't happened very often. I think it may have happened once last year when I hit the knot, but I can't remember at which tournament.

 

I visited a country for the first time?

India last year in December for UNICEF.

 

I played a practical joke in the locker room?

Basically everyday with everybody. In Cincinnati we had a fight in the locker room with Dmitry Tursunov. There were probably six people involved, including three or four players, throwing about 50 balls at each other for 15 minutes. I won! [Editor's note: Towards the end of the fight, the Penn ball mascot chose the wrong time to return to the locker room and was mercilessly pummeled.]

 

I asked someone for their autograph?

Probably Tiger for a friend of mine and Thierry Henry for a friend. That was this year.

 

I exchanged a text message with Tiger?

After he won the PGA Championships. I had style. I just wrote 'congratulations' and a little bit more. But it didn't have anything to do with 11 to 13 or anything.

 

I missed meeting a celebrity I wanted to meet?

Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller during Wimbledon. [Vogue editor-in-chief] Anna Wintour invited us over. But I said "Can't do it. Gotta stay in Wimbledon and stay serious." So I didn't go.

 

I flew economy?

[Long pause] Yeah, it's been a few years now.

 

 

 

 

With kind permission of Deuce magazine on ATPtennis.com.

 
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19.09.2007 | 17:41
Dear Roger,
You appreciate and enjoy every blessing so much, I've never seen anyone carry celebrity this well. You've earned it all, and I've loved watching you over the years, may it continue...
Long-term fan,
Debra
19.09.2007 | 16:51
Thank you for the nice read. I have to say that I am very glad that you have gotten your priorities right, as in your declining the invitation to dinner with celebrities during Wimbledon. As much as I am happy to see you appreciated by distinguished peo
19.09.2007 | 15:37
great article!
love you roger! n_n
19.09.2007 | 13:49
Loved the article. Can we have more interviews published on your site pleeeeeeeeeeeze.

I can't get enough of you. I log on every day to see if there are new stories published. MORE, MORE, MORE!!!
19.09.2007 | 12:27
oh my god!i always knew that you were a fab person but like you more than what i thought of you.we are studying about unicef in school and felt soooooooo proud of you.
19.09.2007 | 11:35
Yes, stay away from the Sienna's and Keira's. Mirka is THE girl for you. I'm sure you won't do anything stupid. You are too much of a class-act Roger to fall in the trap on celebritydom. I just want to add I think it is DISGUSTING that Tiger got paid $11
19.09.2007 | 10:49
What a lovely article. Stay well and healthy, and I hope that your accomplishments thrill you even half as much as they do your fans. Enjoy Davis Cup, and I trust the results turn out to be what your Swiss team desires them to be.
jlh
19.09.2007 | 09:40
19.09.2007 | 09:29
It doesn´t matter Roger, you don´t have to meet Keira and Sienna. Consentratate on Mirka don´t give a shit *ops* in someone else

Kindly Regards
/gurra

19.09.2007 | 06:32
Hi Roger

Your interview reminds me of a sentence I read somewhere. Its kinda apt and hence I put it here. "Humble people don't think less of themselves, they think of themselves less!"

Its your humility thats won you such a humongous fan base.
Ha