ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2013
Squash Fan Federer Supports Olympic Bid; Meets Nicol David
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
World No. 2 Roger Federer is backing squash to be added to the Olympic programme in 2020.
“I think it's a wonderful sport. It's unfortunate some sports don't get the opportunity to be in the Olympics,” said Federer. “I think squash would deserve it. They run a great tour and they have great players and characters. I'd personally be very happy for them.”
The 17-time major champion had the opportunity to meet women’s squash World No. 1 Nicol David on Friday at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Federer expressed his support to David and revealed he played the sport growing up.
“I used to play it a lot when I was younger every Sunday with my dad,” Federer said. “I started with a wooden racquet like I did in tennis. I've always been a big fan of the sport.”
Federer and David conversed over dinner. David, a native of Malaysia and resident of Amsterdam, was thrilled to spend quality time with the Swiss superstar.
“It was exciting. He's such a great guy and true champion,” said David. “He's so down to earth. He showed us what it's like behind the scenes to be a tennis player. It's very similar to squash, so it's been great to spend time with him.”
When asked if she played tennis, David said, “I'm a tennis fan but not a player. I follow Roger's progress and he definitely brings the sport up to another level.”