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Roger bound for Brisbane

24.07.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, one of the greatest players of all time, has today confirmed that he will start his 2014 season at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.

This will be the Swiss master’s first ever appearance at the Brisbane tournament and he is looking forward to playing before his fans in the Sunshine State.

“I’ve heard many great things from the other players, they say it’s a very friendly tournament, fan friendly, player friendly,” Federer said. “What else do you expect to be quite honest, in Australia you guys do great work.

“For some time we’ve been in contact with Brisbane [International] and I saw how the tournament got stronger and stronger ... and the connection with Pat Rafter, him having the arena named after him I think is great.

“I’ve always hoped that I could come there [to Brisbane] ... so I am happy we are all able to make it work ... I’m not just coming there [to Australia] for the Australian Open, especially when I commit so early in advance, it’s also to win in Brisbane,” continued Federer.

The 31-year-old currently holds the ATP World Tour record of 302 weeks for the most weeks at world No.1. The only current player close to this record is Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who has previously been ranked No.1 for 102 weeks. Federer first clinched the No.1 world ranking in February 2004.

Throughout his career Federer has captured 77 singles titles and on 2 June this year he notched up his 900th career singles match win. He also holds records for the most Grand Slam titles, 17, and for appearing in the most Grand Slam finals, 24.

This is not the first time Federer has visited Queensland.

“I have been to Queensland some time ago now ... when I was 14 years old, and I travelled through Queensland with my family ... it was our last vacation before I entered the National Tennis Centre when I came back to Switzerland,” he revealed.

“We visited Rainbow Beach; we spent a few nights in Brisbane, and then went up to Cairns. We also went to the Great Barrier Reef ... we had a good time and ever since I’ve loved Australia. I’ve also had Australian coaches as many know, and always enjoyed coming back to Australia,” said Federer, who has been ranked inside the world top five since February 2003, over a decade.

The Swiss native, who is currently coached by former ATP Pro Paul Annacone, says he has only heard good things about Pat Rafter Arena and is interested to see how he will perform under the unique open air tensioned fabric roof.

Federer also revealed that in 2011 it was a “big shock” seeing images of Pat Rafter Arena and Queensland when engulfed by the devastating floods. He said that he and his fellow players were more than happy to help raise $1.79 million for the Queensland flood victims by playing in the Rally for Relief charity match on the eve of Australian Open 2011.

“I think we should try and get together more as a tennis family ... there are always reasons to help others,” the right-hander said. 

Federer is the first player to be announced for the 2014 tournament and Brisbane International Tournament Director, Cameron Pearson, is delighted he has chosen to begin his season in Brisbane.

“Roger Federer is a global superstar and arguably the most accomplished tennis player in history. His attendance at this event will be a legacy for future generations,” Pearson said.

“We have been in discussions with Roger for some time and he has seen this tournament develop into one of the premier events in Australia. His attendance solidifies the quality of the Brisbane International and the appeal the tournament has. “When Roger steps onto Pat Rafter Arena for the first time, it is going to be something special,” Pearson added.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said the tennis superstar’s signing was a huge tourism and events coup for Queensland that will be welcomed by tennis fans throughout the country.

“Federer is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time and I have no doubt his participation will add to the excitement of the Brisbane International 2014,” Ms Stuckey said.

“With a worldwide following of loyal fans, Roger Federer will be a strong drawcard for the tournament, attracting visitors from across the country to Queensland’s capital.

“This is a great start to what is sure to be a fantastic field for the Brisbane International 2014, as Queensland continues to serve up high-calibre sporting events, boosting visitation to the state.”

Brisbane International 2014, presented by Suncorp and supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, will take place at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane from 29 December 2013 to 5 January 2014.

Premium tickets are NOW on sale. Details on these tickets and licensed tour operators are available at www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/tickets.

To access other exclusive pre-sales, you can also become an Australian Open member or a Tennis Queensland registered player.

Premium tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au/brisbaneinternational

For further tournament information please visit www.brisbaneinternational.com.au 

 

All other Brisbane International tickets and packages will be on sale from early October 2013.

 
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07/24/2013 | 06:50 PM
BRAVO ***ILoveRoger92***

GLAD YOU LIKE THE IDEA - WELCOME ABOARD.

YUKI
07/24/2013 | 06:44 PM
YUKIMI

Roger is my MATPH too!! Because everytime i read the word 'GOAT' I'm thinking of the animal goat. And that is not fair to Roger in my opinion.
07/24/2013 | 06:31 PM
FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH GOAT as I am (GREATEST OF ALL TIME), Brisbane International Tournament Director, Cameron Pearson, is delighted ROGER has chosen to begin his 2014 season in Brisbane.

HE CALLS Roger Federer arguably the MOST ACCOMPLISHED TENNIS PLAYER IN HISTORY (MATPH).

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME !

FROM NOW ON, ROGER IS MY MATPH.....

....AND YOURS TOO IF YOU WISH TO USE THIS ACRONYM, CERTAINLY BEATS BEING A goat, IN MY BOOK.

YOU'RE WELCOME !!!

YUKIMI
07/24/2013 | 06:18 PM
Hi Roger!!!

☆ What good news, I loved his interviews and his words. You really are a very special person, I really wanted God to make more men like you, because you are a gift from God. Happy Birthday to her twin daughters, your family is beautiful, you are a very blessed man. Congratulations to cow Desirée, I'm sure she came to bring luck and good energy. Your hair is beautiful. You are light in this world!!! ☆

☼ Best wishes always!!! ☼

BIA – BRASIL :)
07/24/2013 | 06:11 PM
Wow Roger, you suprised me again! Wonderful to hear you're playing Brisbane, but always put your health first. Good luck tomorrow!
07/24/2013 | 05:51 PM
Its good to see Roger adding some new tournaments to his schedule to play in front of his loyal fans worlwide... Hope he plays Chennai Open 2015 or 2016 and make his huge fanbase in India happy..
07/24/2013 | 05:51 PM
Hello Roger,

Not only nice for you to change your schedule after having played Doha for so many years, but especially nice for the fans in Asia and Australia that they will have you there from the start of the year. Other advantages I can think of: warmer evenings than in Doha, so better for the body; easier for the twins (and the whole family and team for that matter), because it is just one change of timezone instead of several.
Looking forward to watching your matches there (on TV...)

J
07/24/2013 | 05:38 PM
Hope you are preparing well to win this tournament, please don't take it easy against any one , lower ranked players are performing well, they all want to beat the all time greatest in tennis player, it happened twice in less than one month, we don't want to see it happening again, it hurts.If you sharpen your main weapon and move well with powerful shots ,it wont happen again, go for it Roger,we know you can do it. Wish you all the best
07/24/2013 | 03:55 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
This is fantastic news, so hoped that you would come to Brisbane, thank you. Look forward to seeing you there. Good luck for the rest of your schedule for the year and hope you have a successful US Open. Kia Kaha, in Health and Happiness.
07/24/2013 | 02:06 PM
If anyone is wanting a volunteer for the Red Envelope, I volunteer. ;-) Seriously though if the network is looking I can get it there easily. I live and work in Brisbane and haven't missed a Brisbane International yet. Please pick me...
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