Self-defined "mad traveler" and former diplomat Dave Seminara had a predicament. Or three.
Health woes including a surgery and coping with a pair of autoimmune diseases had robbed him of precious time on his beloved tennis courts. Even so, the experiences did profit him an embarrassment of downtime, during which he wrote about his favorite player, Roger Federer, for The New York Times and published other writings, on and off the topic of tennis.
Cue 2020 and a pandemic, and that became all-caps DOWNTIME—for Seminara, and for the majority of the globe's inhabitants, its mad travelers. In 2020, people were just plainly mad.
Doing what many merely aspired to do, Seminara utilized the pandemic's empty calendar. He delivered a polished final book to his publishers at Post Hill Press: Footsteps of Federer, an essay-styled travelogue about quite literally trekking across Switzerland to places formative to the GOAT's development as a person and professional.
"I wanted to take this trip in October 2019 because I felt like I deserved a treat after two years of suffering with health problems," Seminara tells Baseline, "and because I was ready to return to the courts in a special place."
"Of course, I'm also acutely aware that Roger's days are sadly numbered, so if you want to see him play live, you can't procrastinate. Little did I know then that having the freedom to cross borders, sit in a packed arena, and watch a healthy Roger play were luxuries we took for granted but shouldn't have."
Seminara shares one of his many splendid mini-stories in a recent Instagram post: