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The perfect welcome party

12.09.2008 | Off Court

Roger enjoyed a triumphant welcome home in Basel yesterday. Around 3,000 people turned out for the event, giving Roger, Stanislas Wawrinka and Fabian Cancellara (cycling, the third Swiss winner of a gold medal in Beijing) a standing ovation as they arrived.


Doubles tennis winners Roger and Stan and two-time cycling champion Fabian Cancellara displayed their medals from a balcony at the city hall on Thursday. The celebrations came just two days after Roger clinched the US Open victory, his 13th Grand Slam title. "It is good to be back in Switzerland after a long journey of more than nine weeks. It is special to be able to share this moment with Stan and Fabian," said Roger.


It was a perfect event to celebrate the great victories. Video clips were shown on a large screen, with great music bringing back all the emotional moments. The three athletes enjoyed walking through the crowd, giving autographs and having their pictures taken. They were then interviewed on a large stage, joking and eventually hitting autographed, oversized tennisballs towards the spectators. Official speeches by local politicians, the president of the fan club as well as Ralph Jeitziner from Nationale Suisse, sponsor of the whole event, rounded the party off well.


"It means a really big deal to me to receive such a welcome in my home town. I will keep this day in my memory for ever."



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