Indian-American tennis player Sameer Kumar, who has had the chance to practice with Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, has written a letter describing how the training sessions made an impact on him.
Indian-American tennis player Sameer Kumar on hitting with Roger Federer
During last year’s US Open, the youngster had the chance to hit with Belinda Bencic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before getting a chance to hit with Roger Federer.
In a letter written on the Naptownsnotorious website, Kumar says, “No rally really lasted more than 10 shots - by that time, Roger would choose to hit a forehand winner into the corner with so much effortless power I could barely react, or a crafty drop shot with so much backspin that it would bounce on my side then come back over the net”.
Kumar also spoke about the fact that Federer also asked him about his personal life rather than just concentrate on tennis. “He asked me about my college tennis days, as he knew my coach from when he played pro tennis.
He asked me about my job and about how I liked living in NYC. I was amazed at the normalcy of conversation I was having with one of the greatest athletes in the world, as if he was an old time friend genuinely interested in my life."
Kumar also spoke about Federer's attitude towards the fans during his practice sessions and thanked him for the wonderful experience. "He constantly has fans and media watching every one of his moves, and even a simple practice session involves thousands of people watching him and hours of interview requests from the media, all of which makes it hard to relax and truly be himself.
He mentioned that the night before, he finished his night match around 1 am, but didn’t leave the grounds until close to 4 am due to all the interviews. As I think back to growing up on the emotional roller coaster that was being a Fed fan, or all the time I spent training and competing inspired to one day be like Roger, or the passion for tennis and ability to overcome all its challenges I learned from watching him, or the experience of meeting and playing with my idol, all I can really say is ‘Thank you Roger!’.
” 23 year old Sameer Kumar has been ranked as high as No. 1258 in the world in June 2017. Roger Federer has won a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles in his career - a record in men's tennis. Roger Federer. He has held the world No.
1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks. He is currently recovering from a knee injury and has said he will miss the rest of the 2020 season.