Roger Federer reached Shanghai. On Thursday night the Swiss player landed on the Chinese city with his wife Mirka, their four children and other people who help them to deal with bags and handling the family organization.
Federer was welcomed by the Rolex Masters Tournament Director Michael Luevano, and on Friday he will have his first practice session at the tennis centre. His coach Ivan Ljubicic is in Shanghai as well. Last year Federer won the title beating the Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a straight-set championship clash, 6-4 6-3.
Federer's first step of his Asian swing was Tokyo, Japan. Before reaching Shanghai, the Swiss player made his first official appearance in the country as a Uniqlo ambassador that will guarantee him $300 million in the next ten years.
The Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai described Federer as the 'greatest sportsman ever', and the Swiss player looks forward to contributing to the brand development. 'I love working on details and trying new things', the 37-year-old said. 'I want to give the highest amount of inputs possible.' The excitement for the Asian trip is big for King Roger also because he is there with his family, wife Mirka and four children.
'I am looking forward o bring my sons there', Federer said referring to his four-year-old twins Leo and Lenny who reached Asia for the first time. 'Now they are old enough to understand the different cultures that exist in Japan and China', said Federer.