Monday, March 16, 2009

Quote For The Day

"I think it's not going to really disturb my mindset on tennis a whole lot. I've always made sure that my schedule is (to) get away from tennis a little bit and then come back when I'm ready to play again. That's why I didn't play for the last five to six weeks. I think it's going to be pretty much the same. I don't really have to adjust a whole lot. If it does something to me, I think it's going to motivate me to play for a long time."--Roger Federer, on becoming a father


Getty

Bryan/Bryan def. Allegro/Federer 6-2, 6-0 in 44 minutes.

12 comments:

Beth said...

He will not know until his baby is there and in his arms. For those of us who are parents and have speculated on what life after the baby would be like, were any of us sure? No. Were any of us right? You simply cannot know how this life changing even will alter your plans and your priorities until it is actually real. And life altering and transforming (in very real, very good and very meaningful ways) just BEGINS to describe parenthood. :-)

oddman said...

What jumped out at me when I read this was 'I've always made sure that my schedule is to get away from tennis.... That's why I didn't play for the last five to six weeks.'

Ummm, didn't he say he was injured?

Curious.

Pamela said...

Were they fined for lack of effort in that doubles match? 44 minutes? I know he has a day match against Dr. Ivo today, but come on.

Karen said...

I saw the score this morning and I was like WTF. They hardly won any points on second serve. Clearly Roger wanted to go back and rub Mirka's feet. helen you are so right about priorities after you have children. As someone who has done her fair share of raising children, Roger will realise that tennis will become so much less important in his life when that little Federbaby comes along. That plus sleepless nights will surely put a spoke in his wheel.

tangerine said...

6-2 6-0 in 40 minutes, LOL. Will they be fined for lack of effort?

Regardless, it's great revenge win for the Bryans. Many thought if Roger had played Davis Cup he would have beat the Bryans in doubles. Ha, snort, hee.

rabbit said...

Supposedly, Roger was worse than Yves Allegro in that doubles match. Karlovic could be trouble today.

tangerine said...

I predict Roger will roll Karlovic. No way does Roger want to lose to that guy twice in a row.

b said...

Wonderful quote here.... I assume the 1st 2 sentences he was being sarcastic/funny - he hadn't played doubles since the olympics, has he:

http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/players/interviews/2009/federer314.asp

Q. You've got doubles tomorrow. Going against the Bryans. Any thought about the doubles tomorrow against the Bryans?
ROGER FEDERER: We're on a roll. I haven't lost like in seven months in doubles. My partner is going to be a problem. He hasn't won this year yet. I got to pull him up and hopefully make him play well.
But, no, we beat them at the Olympics. I beat them at the Olympics with Stan. But I beat the Bryans I think here before in Indian Wells. Yeah, it's going to be a lot of fun.

b said...

For the record - I am, and have been, expecting Karlovic to beat him again today..... ever since I saw the draw last week....

The funny thing is that looking at the record/scores it doesn't appear that K has ever broken Fed's serve (of course it's possible that they traded breaks).... so it'll be interesting how this plays out....

Graf_sampras said...

every person has his and her unique life and ways to deal with the gift of having children.

how it affects and SHAPED their lives and professions is always going to be a unique story in itself -- but it does not mean that having a child makes a person "less effective" in a given profession.

children after all -- ARE the very purpose of biological reality -- and "professions" -- a modern day name for "means to earn a living" -- if put in proper or their original context are really a way to "support" the gift that is given -- a child. ..

so , in that reason: there is no reason why a player should "lose focus" for having a child, anymore than losing focus for having a wife or husband --- or a romantic partner...or "an interest".

it's a matter of how the person deals with what life continues to ADD .


although she was not a MOTHER nor married when she was playing...but soon after became both, STeffi Graf , who was known, almost even notorious, for being so focused that it was "robot-like" on her profession - but who explained many times - "tennis, being out on court, competing, being on center court, especially in wimbledon...gave me a HIGH i could never get from anything else......it was my world away from all the troubles...and for a few moments i could be alone to do what i loved most, hit a ball , aim for as perfect a shot i could, and compete, and do it all in front of people who would appreciate it".

and YET when she became a mother said this:

"ALL my life i NEVER imagined it was POSSIBLE to ever find a satisfaction greater than tennis , and winning a good game....but being a mother-- it is the most fulfilling thing that has ever happened to me....NOTHING in the world can compare with it".

royce said...

Zimonjic and Nestor had their children in December after a great season. Since then it's been downhill. First or second round out in Dubai, out in IW.

HoiHa said...

Karen I think you are right when you say that having children will likely result in Fed gaining proper perspective in his life and I actually think this will improve his tennis - anything that takes his glaring obsession with the history books down a notch.

That said we should not forget this is Fed the multi-millionaire - I really don't think he, nor Mirka, will be dealing with crying babies in the middle of the night (unless they really want to). They will leave that sort of sleep-reducing work to all the nannies.