Saturday, August 21, 2010

Roger Federer

Roger Federer and his wife meet the pope
2 Degrees  
Swiss Guard
Being Swiss in the Vatican usually means you're wearing  a colorful costume designed by Leonardo Da Vinci.  Swiss and Catholic, Roger Federer arrived in Rome clothed in humility before the Holy Father despite having won over 60 major tennis titles. The following account of the meeting from Monsters and Critics is Federer's memory of the encounter.

 'It was a very emotional day,' said Federer, who battled for one hour, 50 minutes as a home crowd fired up his unheralded opponent.
'It was very nice and a big honour to meet the pope,' said the Swiss. 'They told him who I was and we shook hands and exchanged a few words in German.'
Federer admitted that he couldn't deduce how much the new pontiff actually followed the sport, but in the heat of the moment, it didn't seem to matter.
'It was special of course, I am Catholic. This was just the perfect day.'
After this morning audience, Federer went on to win the match that had brought him to Italy.  Swiss mojo, it's a beautiful thing! 
Roger to Benedict XVI to John Paul II!

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