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Enjoying Basel

29.10.2004 | Off Court

Roger is making the most of his time in Basel and is enjoying the atmosphere as a spectator at the Swiss Indoors. Not being able to play certainly is a nuisance but he has come to terms with the fact of being injured. He says that he has been lucky in terms of injuries up until now in any case. He certainly does not want to miss out on the action in Basel and follows the matches if he is able to. And so he was also present at both of Marco Chiudinelli’s matches. Roger and Marco, both from Basel, have known each other for many years and their personalities as well as their game show amazing similarities. Roger’s sponsor Nike invited kids from all over Switzerland for a lesson in Basel this week – and they came in their hundreds: Around 1’000 junior club champions were treated to a private chat and training session with Roger. Austria’s ATP player Stefan Koubek and Switzerland’s junior newcomer Roman Valent easily played a few balls over the net. Every now and then a junior talent was invited to take over. Roger, clearly in a good mood, sat down on the umpire’s chair and humorously commented the event from up above whilst Roman Kilchsperger joked at the net. An enormous queue formed for the following autograph session in the entrance hall. All kinds of objects were handed over for signature: Mobile phones, wallets, oversized tennis-balls, backpacks, calendars, programs and many more. And Roger patiently painted his name onto all of them.

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