Over his 20-year career, Roger Federer has had to navigate his way through thousands of press conferences. As a consummate professional, the Swiss player has always handled a barrage of questions with grace and poise, regardless of the result of his match. However, on Friday at the Indian Wells Masters, Federer encountered a very unusual press conference.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion was grilled by a group of young reporters in a special presser. More than 50 school children from the nearby Gerald R Ford Elementary School went on an excursion to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, enjoying the experience of a lifetime. The second graders took part in the inaugural 'Kids-Only Press Conference', with each given the opportunity to ask the Swiss maestro a question, according to the tournament's official website.
“What is your coolest move?", was the first question put to Federer.
“On the dance floor or the tennis court?,” he joked. “On the dance floor, I got many. On the tennis court, maybe the shot through the legs. But I can’t do it very often.”
Federer sportingly responded to all their questions, covering a range of topics from his childhood pets (two rabbits named Blitz and Blacky), to dance floor moves, to narrating anecdotes about crying in disappointment as a kid after losses. He even went toe-to-toe with the class in a push-up contest after one student questioned his strength. Federer, a father of two pairs of twins, was a complete natural with the kids and seemed to enjoy the interaction, just as much as they did.
Federer starts his 2017 campaign in the desert against Stephane Robert on Sunday night.
His quarter features Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro and up-and-comers Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, and it has been compared to a "Group of Death". It's the first time that Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have been drawn in the same quarter. They were drawn in the same half for the first time last year in Rome.
Djokovic is the defending champion at Indian Wells, while top seed Andy Murray was ousted in his first match on Saturday by Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil.
Watch the full video of Federer's adorable presser below.
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Updated Date: Mar 12, 2017 17:04:24 IST