The Roger Federer conundrum

The Roger Federer conundrum
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning championship point against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the 2017 Australian Open Picture: Getty

He seems to have little interest in the game for which he is revered,yet the Swiss tennis champion’s enigmatic prowess continues to endure

Few were as pleased to witness Roger Federer’s 18th Grand Slam success last Sunday evening as Bob and Diana Carter. For the 13th straight year, the elderly couple from Adelaide were flown by Federer first-class to Melbourne, hosted by him in a suite in his hotel, enjoyed his matches as guests from his box, and were invited to the celebrations after his victories. Federer’s own parents, Robert and Lynette, did not travel to Melbourne this year but, for reasons largely unknown to the worldwide audience, the Carters regard him as an adopted son, and the relationship is mutual.

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