The book “Orantes: De la barraca al podio” has been presented in Barcelona, ââthe biography of the former Spanish tennis player written by the journalist Félix Sentmenat and edited by Libros de Vanguardia, with a special prologue by Rafael Nadal.
At the event held at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, Manolo Orantes was accompanied by other former players of his generation such as José Luis Arilla, Antonio Muñoz, Ángel Giménez, Javier Soler or the Hungarian Balázs Taróczy.
The book tells the story of self-improvement of the first Spanish champion of the Masters in 1976, as well as winner of the United States Open in 1975 and finalist of Roland Garros in 1974. In addition to the first-person experiences of the man from Granada linked to Barcelona since he was a child, the testimonies of legends of his time such as Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Guillermo Vilas, Ilie Nastase or Stan Smith are also collected.
A champion who, after Rafael Nadal, is the Spanish player with the most titles on the ATP circuit (34 in singles and 23 in doubles), who climbed to number two in the world, who managed to win the Masters (1976) in the category individual and doubles with Joan Gisbert (1975) and who forged his record in the golden age of the 70s.
Former tennis player Alexander Waske recently lavished praise on Roger Federer for staying authentic despite garnering fame and success.
Waske comments on Roger Federer
"In my eyes, you're the greatest when you're not just successful but have changed the entire game.
Roger Federer did that impressively. His elegance and playing style didn't exist before, plus this down-to-earth attitude. I have the utmost respect for him, not only as a player but also as a person," Waske said. To prove that Roger Federer acts the same way both on and off camera, Alexander Waske brought up a short anecdote from one of the few times their careers crossed paths.
"I fondly remember an episode with him at Wimbledon in 2015, when I was coaching Tommy Haas. We sat together in a very large and classy house rented by Tommy's management. A week later, Prince Albert of Monaco was to live there.
No shoes were allowed to be worn inside the house. The children's screams were huge because the two Federer twin girls and Tommy's daughter were playing tag," Waske said. "Roger doesn't care if the camera is on or not. He is the way he is, friendly and not only nice to the people who are in important positions."