used to be a headline you'd read about as often as LION STARVES or CLOONEY
But the world's
greatest tennis player lost in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open last
week in Miami, the second tournament in a row he didn't win. Just like that,
he's gone from being the tornado to being the trailer. The Federer Express
seems to have forgotten how to deliver.
And, the thing
is, I know why.
Roger Federer is
decent, humble and kinder than Aunt Bee. He is constantly saying, "I'm just
a normal guy." All his winning shots were just "lucky." Well,
finally, opponents are starting to take his word for it.
Do you realize
this man, whom most experts say is the greatest tennis player to ever live,
actually goes to restaurants and sometimes waits in line?
He doesn't have a
full-time coach. Has no tattoos. His entourage is a joke. His publicity agent,
his scheduler, his hitting partner and his girlfriend are all the same person.
And she's not even a lingerie model! Just an ordinary, very nice Swiss miss
named Mirka. Derek Jeter has more babes than belts!
commercial. Doesn't own a jet. Here's a guy who has dominated his sport far
more than Tiger Woods has over the last three years, yet Tiger has a 155-foot
yacht and Federer doesn't even own a dinghy.
Federer made an
estimated $28 million last year, yet he doesn't own a house, just two
"flats," he says. He won four ATP honors in one day last week—Player of
the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Fans' Favorite and the Sportsmanship Award
for 2006—yet he has no trophy room. The hardware just piles up on his dining
At 25 Federer has
won 10 Grand Slam events yet still stays in the same hotel as the tour schmoes.
Roger, you're an immortal! Rent a mansion! Do you realize that when Tiger
played at a tournament in Tucson in February he not only rented a house, but he
also had all the furniture removed and his own brought in, so he could be more
comfortable? Wake up and smell the indulgence!
"I don't want
to overlive," Federer says. "I don't need to be too big. It's got to
feel right when you go to bed at night."