Roger Federer has established himself as one of the most successful and recognizable athletes in the modern history of sport. Yet, at the beginning of his career, there was no lack of skepticism towards the Swiss tennis player.
Beyond his phenomenal talent, his temperamental excesses made him a difficult player to read and very prone to discontinuity. The death of his longtime coach Peter Carter has undoubtedly accelerated the growth process of King Roger, who since 2003 has started winning one Grand Slam after another.
At the age of 40, the Basel legend is experiencing the last phase of his amazing epic, but he has no intention of hanging up his racket yet. The 20-time Grand Slam champion returned to the field in Doha just over a month ago, where he reached the quarter-finals even wasting a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili.
The former world number 1 appears on the entry list of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, although in the last few hours the rumor has circulated that the Maestro could participate in the ATP in Geneva. In a long interview granted to 'L' Equipe', Pierre Richard - a well-known actor and sports fan - confessed that he had several doubts about Federer's potential when he was a boy.
Pierre Richard on Roger Federer
“Oddly enough, I wasn't so sure about Roger Federer's future. Moreover Jean (Editor's note: Jean Couvercelle, founder of Tennis Magazine is one of his relatives) told me: "You don't know anything about it, you will see one day ..."
He was right and I quickly changed my notice. On the other hand, one day when I saw Agassi on a short dinghy, I told myself this one will be number 1. I was wrong about Federer but not about Agassi. That kind of elf! Even when he walked it seemed like he was running.
Who hit everything flat with speed ... I loved it! How I loved Connors too. Him, it was De Niro when he was going to berate the referee! I had met him once in a Chinese restaurant at the bottom of the Champs. I put myself in the shoes of the people who come to ask me for an autograph.
But what the fuck with them having an autograph of me? Well I do it nicely. And there with Connors, I figured out what it was like to be a fan," - Pierre Richard stated. Organizers of the Geneva Open, an ATP 250 series event, are hopeful that Roger Federer will take part in their tournament this year.
The Geneva Open is scheduled to be held from 16 to 22 May. The event returned to Geneva in 2015 for the first time since 1991, and is held at the Tennis Club de Geneve (at the Parc des Eaux-Vives) - the oldest and largest tennis club in Switzerland.