Fed­erer on song with ‘boy band’ bud­dies

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IN­DIAN WELLS: Ten­nis fans de­nied a chance to see Roger Fed­erer in ac­tion on Fri­day were treated in­stead to the Swiss great’s du­bi­ous tal­ents in the mu­sic depart­ment.

Af­ter Aus­tralian Nick Kyr­gios pulled out of his sched­uled quar­ter-fi­nal against Fed­erer in the first ATP Mas­ters tour­na­ment of the year, Fed­erer turned out for a light-hearted on-court ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion to en­ter­tain spec­ta­tors.

It in­cluded the show­ing of an up­dated video fea­tur­ing Fed­erer, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dim­itrov belt­ing out Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” — ac­com­pa­nied by Grammy Award­win­ning Cana­dian mu­si­cian David Fos­ter on pi­ano with a cameo from No­vak Djokovic thrown in.

The video is a more pol­ished per­for­mance than the group’s first ef­fort at the num­ber, which Fed­erer un­veiled dur­ing the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary.

How­ever, Fed­erer ac­knowl­edged the One-handed Back­hand Boys prob­a­bly still shouldn’t give up their day jobs.

“So bad, yet so good,” was his as­sess­ment, and when asked if the Back­hand Boys them­selves might one day fea­ture at the Gram­mys, he replied: “I don’t think so.” AFP

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