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A night with Roger and friends

12.11.2013 | Foundation, Starseite 1

I will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just before the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 January 2014. The proceeds from the event will go to the Roger Federer Foundation and the Australian Tennis Foundation. Special guests include Australian tennis legend Rod Laver. Tickets go on sale here midday November 14 - don't miss out on this unique night of tennis!

 
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01/09/2014 | 08:53 AM
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Pat Rafter 'warmed up' Jo-Willy, Roger talked about his Foundation.Rod Laver enterd with a standing ovation, then the piece a la resistance the one only Roger Federer--the arena ruptured into a large applause, spoke of his admiration of Rod--then they had a hit, began with baseline tennis until RL announced, to the amusement of the crowd, that he needed to go forward. Some lovely volleys from both players.
Following this JW Tsonga & Roger thrilled us with some extraordinary shots/tennis
01/09/2014 | 08:43 AM
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They were alll very knowledgeable about their tennis & of course patricularly RF
The arena was packed no spare seats--lights out then we were asked to press our blue buttons- fairland with the twinkling lights and other truly superb lighting including RF logo on the court and elsewhere. Superimposing photos of Roger on the court --stunning especially the one with the twins.
Messages from Tommy Haas,Del Potro,Craig Tilley & a few others
Lleyton Hewitt was one the MCs --
01/09/2014 | 08:33 AM
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to variuos groups and I think some individuals
RL Arena --the roof was closed to benefit the beautiful lighting .On entry we were all given small blue buttons.
The atmopsphere was electric--people travelled from everywhere to this function
Malaysia,Hong Kong,New Zealand and large numbers particularly from Western Australia many came attended the event then flew out on the 1am flight back to Perth in time for work today.!Many from other states including Northern Aust--so amazing.
01/09/2014 | 08:22 AM
Hello everyone
As iI have already stated last evening was just the most magical & memorable so many ways AND very organised[In additon to my nursing I run an event management company so know a little about running events]
Night was perfect weather wise--the dinner started a little later than anticipated which was held in a restaurant at the AO arena--logistics not always easy for these types of events particularly when VIPs are attending frequent security checks etc. Nevertheless Roger talked
01/09/2014 | 08:12 AM
Hello Rpoger
What a magical night which was superb from beginning to end. I thank both you and Tennis Australia for putting on this wonderful event. Also all of the other persons involved with the organisation of it .
I think that Jo-Willy was overwhelmed by the occasion But he made you work very hard--he was terrific a big thank you to him also a most gracious man.
Financially for your foundation 1 million dollars & 6 thousand [dollars] from the ball girls/boys .
Kindest regards
Margaret
01/09/2014 | 07:43 AM
The draw will be live on AustralianOpenTV (Youtube) in another 16 hours 20 minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QMqg-viy9Q

That is 4:30 am Indian Standard Time.

Counting down the seconds.
Never seen any draw live, be it Football, Cricket or Tennis.
But I intend to see this though its early morning in India.
I guess this will be my first time watching a draw live.
01/09/2014 | 07:05 AM
GOTTA GO WORK NOW - SEE YOU ALL IN 10 HOURS.

YUKI
01/09/2014 | 07:01 AM
PADDYT

Thanks for the wonderful report on your experience. It's lovely to hear you had a great time with our Roger. You know I would die for a piece of the chocolate mousse pyramid ;-) I watched the event on YouTube(only the first hour and a bit of the end). The crowd was awesome! And so were Roger, Jo, Rod, Pat and Lleyton.
01/09/2014 | 06:54 AM
***PADDYT - 41 YEARS! YOU'RE THE ONE!

ALL THE YOUNGER MEMBERS HERE - JUST SEND THE FIRST OFFENDING PRIVATE MAIL BY COPY/PASTE TO webteam@rogerfederer.com
THEN DELETE ALL REMAINING/RESULTING/LATER PMs.

WHEN YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO SOMETHING, IT WILL DIMINISH IN IMPORTANCE AND FADE AWAY.

REMEMBER NO OTHER RESPONSE EXCEPT THE ABOVE , READ WHAT ***FANCYFREE*** DID - SHE SAID REPORTED THE PM OFFENCE TO WEBMASTERS AND GOT NO MORE JUNKMAIL.

YUKI
01/09/2014 | 05:55 AM
@Sdanu...agree wholeheartedly...give Roger time to adjust. I reckon he is already showing improvement in his serves....interesting link...thanks