SONY OPEN TENNIS 2014
Federer Turns Up The Heat
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer took time out from the Sony Open Tennis Friday night to watch the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat host the Memphis Grizzlies. Federer sat courtside with trainer Stephane Vivier and during the game bumped into 2000 Sony Open runner-up and fellow former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten.
Federer’s coach Stefan Edberg also attended with his wife and daughter as the Heat rallied for a 91-86 victory. Earlier in the day Federer had beaten Ivo Karlovic in his Miami opener, dropping a career-record-low three points on his serve.
A two-time Miami champion (2005-06), Federer hit balls into the crowd at the end of the first quarter and then went into the lockerroom post match to meet with players including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen. He also met with head coach Eric Spoelstra and assistant coach Bob McAdoo.
After the game Federer tweeted, “Very cool to sit court side during a Miami Heat game, great athletes, great sport, thanks for the entertainment!"
Wade also took to social media to note Federer’s attendance, posting a photo with the 21-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion. He also wrote: 'Hanging with the great @roger_federer_ after the game 2nite in our locker room. We have something in common. We're both 32 and they love to call us old.#Champions #EnuffSaid #StillGettingitdone'