Federer Has A Special Five-Year-Old Fan: Prince George
Roger Federer has millions of fans throughout the world. But at Wimbledon, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly revealed that the Swiss has a special five-year-old fan: Prince George.
“That's very big,” Federer said, cracking a smile after winning his second-round win at The Championships.
Prince George has good reason to be a fan of the 37-year-old Swiss superstar. Federer gave him a tennis lesson at Bucklebery Manor, the home of The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents.
“At that stage it's all about just touching the ball, it's already good. Same with my boys. I think I have a little advantage that I actually spent some time with him,” Federer said. “I'm the only player he's ever met. Then you have a little head start in who your favourite player is.
“He's a cute boy. I love to see that they're into tennis or into sports. Definitely his mum has always enjoyed their tennis. That's it. I hope that he'll still say the same [about me being his favourite] in a few years' time.”
Federer has won six consecutive sets since losing his first set of the fortnight at SW19. This is his 21st consecutive appearance at The Championships, a record in the Open Era. At 37, he is the oldest player remaining in the men’s singles draw. Federer is pursuing a record ninth Wimbledon title.
“I also wanted to play for a long time. I felt that I took that decision a long, long time ago, not just three years ago, hopefully I can still be on Tour. This was basically taken back in 2004 when I became World No. 1. I felt I would like to be on Tour for a long time,” Federer said. “I think when you have that mindset at a younger age, I think it's easier to sustain that later on, too.”
Although he will be preparing for his third-round encounter with No. 27 seed Lucas Pouille on Friday, Federer will also be a fan himself. The second seed is looking forward to watching Andy Murray and Serena Williams compete alongside one another on the doubles court.
“[It’s] great. Very happy. I was happy when I heard that. It's good for mixed doubles. It's good for men's doubles, or doubles in general, that Andy is just playing doubles and mixed. Because in clubs, usually you play doubles. But the pros all play singles,” Federer said. “So I think it's good to highlight how important doubles and mixed is… To have Andy play with Serena, that's going to be exciting, to say the least.”
“I'll be watching, I know that,” Federer said.