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Poetry Competition

21.02.2006 | Off Court

A huge thank you to all of you who sent us a poem for the competition, we received a total of 431 entries! We read our way through a lot of excellent material and really enjoyed it. Chosing the best ones was most difficult and we have decided to award one poem in each of the three languages of Roger's website. The lucky winners receiving a DVD on Roger as well as a signed cap are:

 

 

Sérgio Silva (English)

Daniela Spriano (German)

Olivier van Bogaert (French)

 

 

Congratulations to them and to all of you poets out there! We are proud to present you the winners' works of art:

 

 

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The coin has flown and he gently walks towards the baseline.

If we listen very carefully we can hear the sound of the fiddles tuning.

He stares across the court and time stops…

   Silence… Da Vinci’s gaze upon a canvas.

 

 

A thundering hit announces the commencement.

How simple is the touch of genius

   which makes backhands, forehands, serves, volleys,

   all the instruments of a symphony,

   come together in a simple

                         ever rememberable tune.

We smile and feel at one with all that surrounds us.

 

 

His victories give us pride,

His battles show us life.

His defeats teach us humility

And the incessant will to keep up the fight.

 

 

In sports we find life at motion

Set to rules of human form.

In nature’s study we find science

And in nature’s wonders we meet art.

 

 

The beauty of tennis shines presently upon us

Through a radiant beam of light.

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

Yours to behold:

                  Roger Federer – Tennis artist.

 

 

 

by Sérgio Silva

 

 

 

 

 

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R.F.s Tennis

 

Roger Federers Spiel ist wie Musik -

rhythmisch und kraftvoll,

die manchmal Mauern durchbricht

und manchmal respektvoll niederzwingt.

Eine Musik, sich erneuernd und erweiternd

in Resonanz mit dem Spiel des anderen

und Menschen rund um die Welt vereinend.

 

 

 

von Daniela Spriano

 

 

 

 

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INCANDESCENCE

(dédié à Roger Federer)

 

Tu es venu un jour

Baigné de lumière

Comme dansent les étoiles

Au centre de l’univers

 

Il y a eu ce déclic

Cette fulgurance

Un transport d’oxygène

Vers le point d’émergence

 

Tu as gravi les cimes

Leurs escaliers d’airain

Qui mènent au soleil

Divin et aérien

 

Comme l’orfèvre qui cisèle

Les facettes du diamant  

La grâce souffle sa bulle de verre

Autour de ton mouvement

 

Éblouissant voltigeur

Ton cortège de balles jaunes

Serpente et virevolte

Sur les plaines vertes ou fauves

 

Tu restes pour toujours

Nimbé de brillants

Comme le halo d’un phare

Au cœur de l’océan

 

 

 

par Olivier van Bogaert

 

 
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