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Federer & A Swiss Cow Named Desiree

Gstaad, Switzerland

Federer© Valeriano Di Domenico/Fresh FocusRoger Federer is presented with a cow upon his return to Gstaad.

Roger Federer received a warm welcome Tuesday night at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, presented with a cow named Desiree during a homecoming ceremony on Roy Emerson Arena. Ten years ago, in commemoration of his first Wimbledon triumph, he had received another cow, Juliette, on the same court. 

“She won’t be in my trophy room, that’s for sure,” said Federer. “But we’ll find a good solution, she needs a nice place and enough to eat.”

During the on-court ceremony, Federer was also shown the sport of flag throwing, a traditional activity in the Swiss Alps and one of the country’s oldest sports. He asked his instructor for advice before showcasing his skill in handling flags.

Federer is making his first appearance at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad since his triumph in 2004. He made his ATP World Tour debut as a wild card at this tournament 15 years ago. 

“It’s good to be back, but it’s been a long time,” he said upon his arrival Monday. Read More: Federer Looks To Find His Way

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