Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tennis Is A Game



Lest we forget, there was this photo op moment during the last changeover in the third set of Roger Federer's opening round match against his good friend Dominik Hrbaty on Wimbledon's Centre Court. Hrbaty walked past his designated seat on his side of the umpire's chair and instead went to sit next to Roger Federer - something you never see in professional tennis! I can't even envision Venus and Serena Williams doing it, and they're sisters! And if I saw James Blake and Leyton Hewitt pal around, I think I'd fall over.

Hrbaty and Federer chatted away, with Roger explaining later that Hrbaty said something along the lines of, "Can I sit next to you?" "Sure," Roger replied, "There's an extra seat." The 30-year-old Slovakian, who may be playing his last Wimbledon before retirement, added that it was an honor to be playing Roger and that he was glad they were friends. A charming moment and, like those American Express ads, you could probably put a price tag on what each player technically earned for this first-round match (needless to say, won in straight sets by Federer 6-3, 6-2, 6-2), but the end sum remains: priceless.

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