"I am a poster [boy] with no poster/ I am 32 flavors and then some ..."
Having recently made a 17-year-old fan and cancer patient's dreams come true, Roger Federer heads into practice in Mason, Ohio—think Cincinnati—for the Western & Southern Open with a sky-high public-opinion rating. Then again, he's always had that. What he had yesterday, on his 32nd birthday, are scads and oodles of well wishes from fans and fellow tennis stars, including Maria Sharapova and Chris Evert:
Happy Birthday to my sons' idol, @rogerfederer ( and mine,too!)— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) August 8, 2013
Even the well-curated @CincyTennis Twitter account and stadium Jumbotron got in on the act, as you'll note above.
Sure, Fed unloaded his new bovine companion, Desiree, this week (for a reported US$4,300), but he's got no shortage of loved ones, as evidenced by his own tweet today, his first since July 24:
And hey, America, as long as Federer is going to engage in practice sessions with young Denis Kudla, we all must thank him, frankly, for doing what he can—purposefully or not—to improve U.S. men's tennis, now famously without a Top 20 player come Monday for the first time in 40 years. (What's more, Andy Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open championship marks its tenth anniversary come September.)
But I digress. This is about Roger Federer, after all, and the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) in men's tennis will not be denied. So share below, Spin readers—what's your favorite memory, quote, video clip, or other item about the Swiss maestro?
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