ROLAND GARROS 2013
Federer A 'Crazy' Dad; Anderson & Africa
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Roland Garros on the first Friday.
My ‘Crazy’ Dad
Roger Federer is a renowned sports hero across the world. But despite winning 17 Grand Slam titles and holding the record for most weeks atop the Emirates ATP Rankings, his accomplishments are yet to resonate with his twin daughters, Charlene and Myla, who according to Federer, may think he’s “crazy”.
“They have no clue. (Laughter.) It's better that way,” said Federer. “But they know that I play a lot of tennis, and I go back and forth, back and forth. I come back from the courts, and I go play a match and I come to practise and then I come back to the room. They must be, like, ‘This guy is crazy. I don't know what he's up to.’ But, anyway, seems like he's probably a tennis player dad. That's what they are thinking at the moment.”
Out Of Africa
World No. 25 Kevin Anderson has the distinction of being the only player from Africa ranked inside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, but is hopeful that his success will help give encouragement to those hailing from his continent that they too, can make it as a professional tennis player through hard work.
“I hope by continuing to do well here people get to see that it's possible to make it from Africa,” Anderson said. “Obviously South Africa has had more opportunities than some of the other countries in Africa, which is unfortunate because there is a lot of interest in tennis in the continent. But it's not easy because the tennis scene is in Europe and with the exchange rates it's expensive. There's no easy way in.
“I played a lot at the ITF centre in Pretoria growing up, so hopefully that will help them regain their strength. It was just good to support the kids and see and meet them and it definitely makes it easier for them if they can see someone who they can follow in the Top 100. Hopefully if I can inspire people to play tennis in Africa that would be great.”
After overcoming a two-set deficit to edge compatriot Ryan Harrison 8-6 in the fifth set, John Isner revealed he’s become more health conscious.
“I don't drink much beer. Football Sunday, I may have a beer or two, which I'm very much looking forward to this year. But, no, I eat healthy,” Isner said. “I have a roommate who, in my opinion, could be a chef at a five star restaurant anywhere in the world. So he actually cooks every night. We have a very good system and he cooks a lot a lot of healthy food. I think it's paying off up to this point and it will continue to pay off.”
Photo Of The Day
Grigor Dimitrov shows off his lighter side in Paris! Photo: Dimitrov's Facebook
A Work In Progress
It’s hard to miss Martin Klizan’s tattoo of a cross on the back of his right calf. But there is a space that is yet to be filled in, which Klizan explained following his four-set defeat to seven-time champion Rafael Nadal.
“It's not finished because I am waiting for some big moments in my life. A wedding, for example or my first child or something like this,” the Slovakian said. “I'm going to make the date there inside of the cross.”
Picking LeBron’s Brain
When asked which athlete outside of tennis he would go into a bunker with, Ryan Harrison selected NBA superstar LeBron James of the Miami Heat.
“It's funny. My favourite athlete is Drew Brees. But if I had to talk to one guy, LeBron James, would be really interesting to pick his brain,” said Harrison. “Talk about a guy that went from one of the most criticised athletes of all time to one of the most idolised. You did that how? [I’d] ask him what he did and how he handled it. That would be interesting to see.”
Match Of The Day
For the second straight match, Tommy Robredo rallied from two sets down, but this time, saved four match points to deny home favourite Gael Monfils 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-2 in a thrilling battle on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Robredo advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the eighth time in 11 appearances. Read Match Report