‘Roger Federer is an absolute icon and has lifted tennis to…’, says legend


Roger Federer surprised two young Italian tennis players last year. In April of last year, during the first quarantine period required by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Vittoria Oliveri and Carola Pessina, aged 13 and 11 respectively, had gathered on the roof of two different buildings in Finale Ligure, Italy.

, to rally. Video of the scene soon traveled around the world, becoming a symbol of resistance against the virus and its consequent shutdowns. A few months later, in the summer of 2020, the two girls also received a surprise visit from a very special guest: the former world number one, Roger Federer, who along with the young tennis players recorded a promotional spot for the well-known Italian Barilla, your sponsor.

“During the quarantine we decided to try to rally from ceiling to ceiling,” Vittoria explained at the time. “However, we did not think it would go viral,” were the words of her friend. Now, Vittoria and Carola have been named among the finalists for the important Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year, which celebrates the most exciting moment of the season.

The award, officially instituted in 2017, has seen the FC Barcelona U-12 team triumph in the past for comforting the members of the opposing team after a crushing defeat, the Brazilian team Chapecoense for returning to competition after a tragic accident The Chinese Xia Boyu, a mountaineer without both legs for having managed to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Voting will remain open until May 6, when the winner will be announced online from Seville, Spain. Among the tennis players and tennis players nominated here are Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka. Boris Becker recently gave his thoughts on how Roger Federer should approach the new few months of his tour activity.

Becker opined that Federer should be more selective with his tournaments during this phase, before claiming that the Swiss legend deserves a ‘good end’ to what has been a glittering career.

Boris Becker on Roger Federer

“I hope that Roger Federer doesn’t make the mistake of playing a lot of tournaments for the heck of it,” Boris Becker said.

“He is an absolute icon and has lifted tennis to another level. Only, Federer needs a good end to his career.” Becker went on to point out that Federer hasn’t lost his excitement for the sport or his magical touch.

But he warned that at the Swiss’ age, recovery is a much slower process. “The sportiness is there, the feeling for the ball too, but you recover more slowly in old age,” Becker continued.