Roger Federer: 'The pandemic forced me to be home so much for...'

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Roger Federer: 'The pandemic forced me to be home so much for...'

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is looking forward to playing in the Laver Cup. Kyrgios, 26, participated in the inaugural Laver Cup in 2017. Kyrgios also played in the Laver Cup in 2018 and 2019. Kyrgios was scheduled to play the Laver Cup in 2020 as well, but the event was canceled.

This year's Laver Cup will be held at TD Garden, Boston. TD Garden is home to the Boston Celtics, Kyrgios' favorite NBA team. "The Laver Cup is my favorite week of the year and I love being a part of the team," said Kyrgios.

"Boston fans love their sports, so if we can win the Laver Cup anywhere, TD Garden and Boston, one of the world's top sports cities, are the place to do it." Kyrgios's campaign at the US Open was short as he suffered a straight-sets loss to Roberto Bautista Agut.

Kyrgios was furious about the specific placement of the towel on the court when Carlos Bernardes asked Kyrgios to place his towel closer to the bins against the wall behind the baseline after he used it to wipe off his sweat.

The Australian argued with the referee. "Look, in the heat of battle, when you get wiped off the court, it's never a good thing, so you try to take the pressure off in many, many ways," Kyrgios said, according to ABC News.

Kyrgios was also unhappy that he, as a vaccinated player, was treated like the unvaccinated. "Look, the towel situation for me is incredibly stupid," Kyrgios said. As exceptional and graceful a player he is on-court, Swiss Maestro Roger Federer is also an intelligen businessman, who knows how to use his brand value to good effect and pique the interests of the general public.

Federer became the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time

With the Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo, Roger Federer has a ten-year deal which he signed in 2018 for a whopping $300 million. When it comes to On running shoes, the Swiss star shares a different story.

Launched in 2010 by three friends (Olivier Bernhard, David Allemann, and Caspar Coppetti), the running shoe brand slowly built a loyal fan base who were willing to pay a few more bucks to get comfortable sneakers for their running needs.

As the company began its IPO(Initial Public Offering) journey last Wednesday at the New York Stock Exchange, one of its co-founders David Allemann talked about how Federer came forward to invest in their idea. The former world no.1 also shared his experience of spending the lockdown at the On running laboratory.

“It’s incredible that this wonderful company is headquartered so close to where I live. Because the pandemic forced me to be home so much for the last 18 months, I have had the opportunity to work with them much more than in normal times”, the Swiss star commented.