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Roger the warrior

19.09.2007 | Off Court

Roger is being immortalized as a terracotta warrior! His sculpture is among a collection of eight being made to mark the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai in November.


With a collection of the Terracotta Army on show at the British Museum in London, the ATP have commissioned French sculptor Laury Dizengremel to create similar models of the players who will appear in China. Warrior statues of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also been commissioned and with five spots still up for grabs in the field, world number four Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Roddick are among those hoping to see themselves fashioned in terracotta.


Players likely to compete in the tournament were measured and photographed and casts were made of their faces during a Master Series stop in Montreal last month.


"I think that being sculpted as a terracotta warrior is an honor, I think the idea is fun, bringing together culture and sport, and I'm looking forward to seeing the final result," said Roger.


The original Terracotta Army was created to be buried with the Emperor of Qin in 210-209 BC. It is believed to have taken some 700,000 craftsmen 38 years to complete. The Army was rediscovered only in 1974 and 8,099 figures have since been unearthed around the Emperor's tomb. The site in China has become a major tourist attraction with nearly two million people visiting annually.


The tennis version will be unveiled at the Masters Cup in Shanghai, which begins on November 11.



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10/03/2007 | 04:10 AM
why won't they make one of me??? probably b/c i haven't won any slams and not serving 120mph.. Roger rocks!
10/01/2007 | 04:05 PM
don't worry they will capture your good side...then again everyside of you is good...lol ;);)

Plenty love here in Canada! Can't wait to see you next year in TO!!!
10/01/2007 | 08:09 AM
Hello fellow Roger fans! :)

If you liked the RF logo hats that Roger wore this year at Wimbledon and the USO, and can't seem to buy one - do check out the RF hats petition thread on the forum here at RF.com! We're petitioning Roger and his managemen
10/01/2007 | 05:10 AM
China is a wonderful land. Today is Chinese National Day. Welcome to China.We chinese people are waiting for you to come to Shanghai in November
09/30/2007 | 04:47 PM
That is cool!
09/29/2007 | 12:09 PM
Welcome to Shanghai, Roger~~~

I'm from Shanghai, yet I'm in Canada, I'll still keep eyes on you, wish u good luck for the rest of ur matches in this year.
09/28/2007 | 05:10 AM
welcome to China!
I think the idea of making the Terracotta Warrior is great.But you are not only a soldier,you should be the king!
09/27/2007 | 04:29 AM

It's great that you and the other 7 players are receiving such honour. It brings new life to a sport when you can incorporate culture. It makes me so happy with every accolade that you, Mr. Federer has bestowed upon you and am quite sure there w
09/26/2007 | 09:52 PM
thas cool. but they shoud have made only one that is of roger
09/26/2007 | 04:36 PM
Roger the warrior: the emperor reviewing his troops in disguise!
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