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How Was it Ten Years Ago?

27.02.2004 | Off Court

1994 Roger became Swiss Champion in the category R4/R6 and beat Pascal Fuchs, 4 years older thank him, in the city championships. In July Roger lost the final of the Swiss Championships, category III, against Jun Kato, with whom he won the doubles title. In the same year Roger already had the opportunity of taking part in the "Les Petits Princes Coca-Coca", an international junior tournament in Annecy, France. This is a brief letter about Roger, written in 1994: ‘At the age of 6 Roger played soccer with the Concordia F-juniors. But you could also meet him on the courts of the tennis club ‘Ciba Klybeck’ in Allschwil. At 8 years he became a member in the tennis club ‘Old Boys’, where he managed to rise among the best national players of his age under the guidance of Seppli Kacovsky. On a regional level Roger won the Basler Championships 1994 in the men’s category R4-R6 as well as various junior titles. He celebrated his first title as Swiss Champion in the singles at the age of 12 in Lucerne and Bellinzona, also winning the doubles with Dänni Schnyder and Jun Kato. 1994 Roger made it to the doubles final with Jun Kato in the U-14 category at an international tournament in Genoa and they won the three-countries tournament in Mulhouse as well as the Consolation in Paris. Roger has now been under the supervision of Peter Carter since a year in the new training concept of the ‘Old Boys’ tennis school. Thanks to Peter’s good coaching Roger managed to qualify for the Swiss performance centre in Ecublens where he will take up training at the end of summer in 1995. Roger will stay loyal to the ‘Old Boys’ tennis club and still play the interclub matches there.’

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