A video showing Roger Federer getting emotional watching footage of himself as a ball boy went viral recently. "There he is," Roger says when he first spots himself in the footage. "Like it was yesterday," Roger remarks.
"I guess it means I'm a ball boy, too, because at heart I'm always going to be a ball boy."
In the full video interview to Tennis TV, Federer recalls when he was a ballboy at the 1993 Swiss Indoors in Basel.
The Swiss Maestro was given a medal by Michael Stich. He used to come to the tournament club by bike and he was so happy about that moment. Recalling it, Federer said: "Like it was yesterday. I kinda remember it, of course.
I did it for two years and yeah it was Michael Stich who is the tournament director of Hamburg now, it's a great memory for me, I loved being a ballboy here, I was able to see the best players in the world, first-hand, and see how they would prepare and how they should sweat and how they did they deal with the pressure and yeah, it's good moments for me" Then he added: "I am like glancing at the medal, I am like, Oh, here he comes, it's like a souvenir, I still have had them and I still get them today from ball boys and ball girls and I have pizza with them at the end of the tournament - they also give me a medal. I guess it means I am still a ball boy too because at heart, I am always gonna be a ball boy."