'Roger Federer does this through his pre-match routines', says former star



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'Roger Federer does this through his pre-match routines', says former star

In the streets of Barcelona you can already see the imminent arrival of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell from April 16 to 24 on the slopes of the RCTB-1899. The tournament is organizing numerous activities to be opened throughout the city, in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council, such as the installation of mini-tennis courts in emblematic places so that the little ones can discover this sport; a tour of different days with the Conde de Godó Trophy to see it up close; a street art contest or numerous promotions to win exclusive tournament gifts.

Among these activities, the organization of Mini Tennis courts in the street stands out and will begin this Friday, April 1, on the Rambla del Raval from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On these tracks you can enjoy games, challenges, contests and have the opportunity to win exclusive prizes.

Mini Tennis Courts Saturday April 2 (12pm to 2pm) | Campoamor Gardens Sunday, April 3 (12pm to 2pm) | Plaza de Sarrià Friday, April 8 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) | Plaza de las mujeres (Gracia) Saturday, April 9 (12:00 to 2:00 p.m.) | Plaza Comercial del Born Sunday, April 10 (12pm to 2pm) | La Sagrada Familia (park) Urban Art Contest Saturday April 9 (12pm) | Plaza Comercial del Born Renowned local artists will compete in a graffiti contest with a theme based on the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

The winner (chosen on social networks) will be able to paint live and exhibit her work during the tournament and make her art known to the general public. The 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has not played since Wimbledon 2021.

The Swiss Maestro last graced the court in July, when he lost to Polish star Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-final.

Federer underwent surgery on his right knee

Former tennis player Alexander Waske has paid tribute to Roger Federer for his friendly disposition, asserting that he has never seen the 40-year-old act in a pompus manner in all his years on the ATP tour.

"In all my years, I have never seen Roger Federer arrogant and disrespectful towards other players. During the 2006 French Open, we were in the massage room watching a match of a player who was about to win the biggest game of his career and suddenly couldn't hit the ball," Waske said.

The German noted how the World No. 26 extended the same mindset to his pre-match routines as well, ensuring that he had a "feeling of lightness" that kept him cool and composed. "He does this through his pre-match routines: warming up, throwing in, showering, eating, taping his ankles, wrapping grips, etc.

You can compare [Roger Federer's mindset] to actors who also get into feelings and not only pretend but also feel these feelings," Waske said. "Roger borrowed something from acting by finding a way to dive into and own that emotion."