Fed­erer pays sur­prise visit to rooftop ten­nis girls

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - SUDIPTO GAN­GULY

Two Ital­ian girls whose rooftop ten­nis video went vi­ral re­cently re­ceived a sur­prise visit from Roger Fed­erer.

The video of Vit­to­ria Oliv­eri and Carola Pessina play­ing on the rooftops of neigh­bour­ing build­ings in Fi­nale Lig­ure dur­ing the COVID-19 lock­down gar­nered over 10 mil­lion views.

The girls thought they were pre­par­ing for an­other me­dia in­ter­view when they were asked about their favourite play­ers.

“Roger Fed­erer. If I were to meet him, I would jump on him, or I would be starstruck,” Vit­to­ria, 13, said.

“I would like to have Fed­erer's

ele­gance while play­ing and (Rafa) Nadal's power,” 11-yearold Carola added.

The girls were then left wide-eyed and speech­less when Fed­erer came out from be­hind a cur­tain. The 20-times Grand Slam cham­pion later played some rooftop ten­nis with the girls be­fore invit­ing them for lunch.

“I nearly fainted when he showed up,” Vit­to­ria was quoted as say­ing by The Times. “He fig­ured out the dis­tances pretty fast and started play­ing shots be­tween his legs from one roof to an­other, which was amaz­ing.

“I didn't think he was real. I thought it was a man­nequin.”

Fed­erer also told the girls he had ar­ranged for them to go to a sum­mer camp at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

“Per­son­ally, for me, that was a very spe­cial mo­ment in my ca­reer as a ten­nis player to sur­prise a fan, or chil­dren, like I was able to with Carola and Vit­to­ria to­day,” Fed­erer said.

REUTERS

Roger Fed­erer.

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