Swiss tennis player Roger Federer at every Australian Open finds a heartfelt note written to him and left in the player' locker room by the Australian great Ken Rosewall. The 83-year-old Australian is one of the biggest players in the history of tennis, having won eight Grand Slam singles titles and reached a career-high of No.
1 in the world during his career. Rosewall made it all the way in front of his home fans at the Australian Open four times -- his first title came in 1953 -- while the last came in while he was 37 years old in 1972. Five-time Australian Open champion Federer was 35 years old when he went all the way at Melbourne Park last year.
The 36-year-old is set to clash against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in round one as he is hoping to defend his title yet again prove his greatness. "I just write a simple half-page," Rosewall told The Australian. "Good luck. Hope the family's well.
That's the extent of it. "My accreditation pass doesn't allow me to get into the dressing room. I don't want to invade his privacy or bother him at all, so I just figure I'll write him a note. "He's admired by millions of people, including me.
He's been winning major championships for a long time. "Now he's 36 and still doing it. Now he's still carrying himself the way he does. He's done an amazing thing for tennis." Federer also had a couple of nice words to say of Rosewall.
"I think he's a wonderful man. We don't speak about him enough," Federer told the newspaper. "I love that generation of players with Tony Roche, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Roy Emerson ... I know Ken's a few years older, but I know he had a tremendous career. "So to be in the same break as these guys, it's a great feeling.
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