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08.08.08 - what a day!

08.08.2008 | Tennis

Dear fans

 

It is an absolutely fantastic combination to be celebrating my birthday and the start of the Olympic Games  - on the very same day!

 

The Olympic opening ceremony here in Beijing will start on the 08.08.08 at 8:08:08 pm - that's quite a few eights! Eight has always been my personal lucky number. And eight is considered one of the luckiest numbers in Chinese tradition because of its unique pronunciation. So being here in China on this specific date and time, celebrating my birthday during such an amazing event... It is almost impossible to find the right words to describe this feeling.

 

I am looking forward to tonight enormously, leading Switzerland into the stadium with our national flag. The huge crowd, the amazing ceremony and the best athletes from all over the world gathered here, will all make for another memory to last forever. What a privilege it is to be here!

 

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your unconditional support. I love to come to my website and find you all discussing the future, the present and also the past. Your interest in all different topics around me, tennis and sports in general is fascinating. Thank you for all the time so many of you have invested in writing me messages, letters and cards and making me special gifts. This means a great deal to me and it fills me with pride to have so many of you thinking of me.

 

 

Our community is steadily growing towards the barrier of 200'000, what an amazing number. So many individuals from all over the world with a common interest meeting in one spot - precisely like here in Beijing for the Olympics! I would like to say thank you one more time and hope you enjoy the Games, wherever you are.

 

 

Sincerely

Roger

 
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08/18/2008 | 09:20 AM
Dear Roger:
Happy Birthday! I saw you carrying the Swiss flag and immediately shouted Happy Birthday Roger! I guess you did not hear me with all that peiple in the stadium and me being in Mexico.
As a matter of fact my birthday is also on August 8 (alt
08/18/2008 | 03:35 AM
happy birhtday!!! I am a really hudge fan of you, I am from Peru but you have inspired me so much, that it won't matter what the result will be, I will always give you my support because you rock!! And I hope you think in all your fans when you feel down
08/18/2008 | 01:00 AM
Roger
Your were awesome when you lead in Team Switzerland.Happy Birthday Freund und vieles mehr zu kommen.
Ihr Nein # 1 Freund
immer,Neil Earl
08/16/2008 | 07:34 PM
08/16/2008 | 01:00 PM
happy birthday great champion!
08/16/2008 | 12:26 PM
Happy birthday to you and many, many more. Congratulations to you and Stan on your doubles victory. You should play more doubles. You are obviously good at it. All the best to you in your upcoming tournaments. You will always be Number 1 in my books.
08/16/2008 | 11:07 AM
happy birth day roger or my hero
you always the best you didnt need any support of us you can depend on your self and can manage any weakness very well goooooo no.1
08/16/2008 | 12:53 AM
hard luck roger but you are still the legend
happy birthday
i wish you good luck
all the members in my family love you sooooo much specialy my mother and i
08/15/2008 | 11:28 PM
Better late than never...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROGER! You are truly an amazing and talented person with a golden heart that provides love & support to the underprivileged children of the world.

May you continue to bring us joy and hope!

God bless you
08/15/2008 | 07:50 PM
Dear Roger,
I'm very sorry for the late birthday greetings but my holiday schedule made it impossible for me to keep up with the news...I had no tv and no internet for an entire week! Believe me, it was depressing enough to think I was going to miss all
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