Roger Federer is an inspiration for everyone, even across other sports. In a recent example of Federer's inspiring presence, the coach of the NBA team Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr encouraged San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili to keep playing.
Ginobili is 40 years old and will be 41 when the next season starts. He seems to be unsure about whether to continue playing, but according to Kerr he should continue and he mentioned Federer's success as an extra motivation.
'Keep going, okay. Why not?', Kerr told Ginobili after that Warriors defeated Spurs in the NBA playoffs on Tuesday night to complete a 4-1 first-round series defeat. 'We met Roger Federer this year in China. I said, "Why do you keep playing?" He said, "I love it." If you love it, keep going.
What the hell. You remind me of him.' Kerr was referring to Federer attending the pre-season match between Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai in October 2017 before the Shanghai Open started. The Swiss was honoured to enter in the Warriors' locker room.
Kerr admitted: 'Our team really enjoyed the pre-game visit with Roger. Roger is one of the greatest winners in the history of sports and we thought it would be valuable for our players to hear what has kept him sharp, motivated and at the top of his game after so much success.
His insight was invaluable.' Federer had recognized that for him that was a unique experience: 'This is highly unusual for me to go into the locker room of another sport, really, especially before a game and this far away from the States, here in Shanghai.
It's kind of cool. Everybody's laid back. I love meeting fellow athletes.'
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“Seguí, ¿si? ¿Por qué no? Conocí al entrenador de Roger Federer en este año y me dijo que sigue jugando porque lo ama.