Federer finds special experiences on trip to Zambia for his foundation

by: Kamakshi Tandon | April 29, 2018

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As other players get their clay-court seasons underway in Europe, Roger Federer has been spending some of his break from the tour in Africa.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion spent the better part of a week on a trip with the Roger Federer Foundation, visiting some of his charity's schooling projects. He was in Zambia, where the foundation has contributed more than $5 million since 2011, partnering with local organizations to provide children's education.

Court Report: Federer travels to Zambia for the first time for his foundation:

Federer met with the president of Zambia, then visited two different regions, including opening a school built with assistance from his foundation.

"Opening the school was great. It excites me that I have the power, or the chance, or luck, I guess, to open a school like this through playing tennis," Federer told the Zambian Daily Mail

While the story recounts that Federer's awkward dancing drew laughter from the students -- "It's good to feel uncomfortable sometimes," he said -- Federer also walked to the home of two young girls at the school to meet their family, and hit on a roughly built tennis court.

"In a way I'm happy they don't know me, but to me it's incredible that they don't know [what] tennis [is]," he said.

The week before, Federer had been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential people -- in part for his charitable work -- and appeared on one of the covers of the issue.

Federer is not scheduled to play again until the grass-court season.











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