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RF In Your Area? Federer Meets K-Pop Stars Blackpink At Paris Fashion Week

Recently retired Swiss also took to the ski slopes for first time in 15 years
January 30, 2023
Roger Federer won 103 tour-level titles.
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Roger Federer won 103 tour-level titles. By ATP Staff

He may have stepped on court as an ATP Tour competitor for the final time, but Roger Federer is finding plenty to keep himself busy in retirement.

Last week, the Swiss great attended Paris Fashion Week, where he rubbed shoulders with some fellow global icons, K-Pop stars Blackpink.

Blackpink, a four-piece musical group from South Korea, has rocketed to international fame since releasing their debut album in 2016. It is unclear how familiar Federer is with their work, however, as the Swiss great admitted it was his children who had prompted him to post about the encounter on Instagram. “My kids said this was a definite IG post,” he wrote.

Some of his younger colleagues from the tennis world were quick to respond. “Hahaha yessss” commented World No. 27 Denis Shapovalov on Federer’s post, while WTA star Coco Gauff enquired whether the 103 tour-level titlist now considered himself a ‘Blink’, the nickname commonly used for fans of the K-Pop giants.

Another post from Federer last week demonstrated a further benefit of his more relaxed schedule away from the ATP Tour. The 41-year-old shared a video of himself skiing with the comment: “It’s been 15 years, it feels so good to be back on the slopes.”

The former World No. 1 subsequently received praise from an illustrious source for his technique, despite all the years away. “YES Rog!!!! Like riding a bike,” wrote former Olympic Downhill gold medallist Lindsey Vonn.

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