Federer sur­prises rooftop ten­nis girls

Windsor Star - - SPORTS -

Two Ital­ian girls whose rooftop ten­nis video went vi­ral have 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 more than 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 star-struck,” Vit­to­ria, 13, said.

“I would like to have Federer’s ele­gance while play­ing and (Rafa) Nadal’s power,” 11-year-old Carola added.

The girls were then left wideeyed 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.”

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