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Roger and No. 1s honoured

26.08.2013 | Off Court, Starseite 3

Before the start of the US Open, an unprecedented gathering of No. 1s took place at the ATP Heritage programme's No. 1 Celebration in New York. The event marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Emirates ATP Rankings. Ilie Nastase, who became the first ATP World No. 1 on 23 August 1973, was present to be honoured on the night, along with successors John Newcombe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Marcelo Rios, Carlos Moya, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and of course Roger. 

Roger thanked those that came before him, like childhood idol Stefan Edberg. "It was important for me to have someone to look up to. I know there's been a huge sacrifice at the players' level, just this generation and the players sitting here tonight, and even before that. We've put such huge effort in the game, and that's a platform we can enjoy today."

 
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08/26/2013 | 06:28 PM
☆ What a beautiful celebration of tennis, making the story of the tennis so worthy and honorable. You are an impressive champion Roger but above all a great man. Very beautiful photos and all that you represents for tennis, a great example for many children and adolescents in the world, you are a winner on the court and in life. We're always rooting for you!!! All the best for the US Open !!! ☆

☼ Best wishes always!!! ☼

BIA – BRASIL :)
08/26/2013 | 06:27 PM
☆Roger, you are an incredible person!!! Congratulations for everything!!! You are truly blessed and privileged man!!! Really a complete man at all!!! The world becomes a happier place and beautiful when we see that there is special people who can demonstrate us how to fight and achieve dreams teaching to overcome obstacles. God bless you and your beautiful family his team!!!☆

♥ We love you so much!!! ♥

BIA – BRASIL :)
08/26/2013 | 06:20 PM
You were so handsome!! It must have been great to see all those legends but I'm so proud of my idol too, it's amazing all the things you have achieved... and all the things you still can chase after!!
I wish you the best Roger, you're my N°1!!!
08/26/2013 | 06:05 PM
Oh, Roger, you look so handsome in the above photo. What a great occasion! I wish I were there to watch it.
Best of luck for the USO!
Keiko
08/26/2013 | 05:44 PM
***FF***&***TheRealMrsRF***

MANY THANKS TO YOU BOTH - LUCKY IN HK WE WAKE UP 9AM & ROG IS ON - HK IS 12 HOURS AHEAD OF US EAST COAST - PM for AM.

ok fingers crossed and let's roll.

SERIOUSLY, FF & THE REAL, DON'T YOU HAVE THE FEELING THAT THE LOOK IN ROGER'S EYES IS " I'M HERE NOW, AND HERE'S EXACTLY WHERE I WANT TO BE."?

I GET THAT FEELING LOOKING AT HIM AT THIS SOCIAL DO. I HOPE YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY - THANKS AGAIN.

YUKI
08/26/2013 | 05:38 PM
Come on Rogi, you can so it. My biggest fear is your back does not hold up over the longer matches. With a strong back I have no fears for you and I look forward to you causing great upsets to all of those who keep saying you should retire.
I can not sit up tonight and follow your match Roger, but I will be dreaming of a nice win for you! I have the TV on record for tomorrow morning so I can watch your match later on in the evening! Go on Roger, good luck, you will be ok! Allezzz!
08/26/2013 | 05:15 PM
Rafa's match is earlier - 8pm UK time - What a pity not Roger's!
08/26/2013 | 05:13 PM
THEREALMRSRF - Indeed you were!
08/26/2013 | 05:03 PM
It is amazing.
It is one Come on for US OPEN
go and win
08/26/2013 | 04:59 PM
Fancyfree...i was right about the time lol