Federer and Graf Named Top Role Models of Sport

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/08022010/58/tramlines-tennis-tops-role-model-list.html

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/02/Tennis-Most-Positive-Sport.aspx

As you can see in the first link above, Roger and Steffi Graff, who happens to be one of my favourite female players as well, was named top role models of sport by a survey of 1500 people run by Barclays. Now I don’t know where they found these people, but I think it’s a pretty good result nonetheless. Tennis was also named the most positive sport, as you can see in the second link. That brings us to the conclusion that Roger could well be the most positive role model in all of sports. And why not? I’ve written about this before in my post  Federer Last Man Standing as Woods Falls from Grace . Tennis seems to be a pretty clean sport, and none is cleaner than Roger himself. I mean the guy is just the ultimate sportsman and role model. Tiger Woods used to be a good role model, but look at how he turned out.

It’s good to know I am a fan of such a positive sport, and more specifically a fan of such a positive role model. That makes this blog pretty special if I may say so myself. Most tennis blogs you find will be about tennis in general, because there is just so much more to write about when you follow tennis in general as opposed to a specific tennis player. Unless of course your blog follows Roger Federer. It’s amazing how much interest there is in this special tennis player and human being, and rightly so. I’m proud to be a Fedfanatic and proud of this blog, and so should you! Neither Roger nor this blog is the same without you! ;-)

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9 Comments

  1. Steffi is my no.1 all-time favorite female player. In many ways, Roger is the male version of Steffi (got to say it this way instead of otherwise since she came first. hehe…) The completeness of her game & the beauty of it was a dazzle to watch.

    I hope that Roger can match her achievements in terms of GS. 22 GS & 1988 golden slam. Ignoring the male/female games, 2010 GS sweep will match the golden slam thingy because remember if he does it, it’s the first time ever anyone has done it as a father.

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  2. After being a Roger´s fan and appreciate his play with his magician is difficult to like any other player, proud of being a Fed´s addict and your blog´s addict too,you´ve already seen that I like to share Roger´s wins with you.Thanks Ruan for your posts.

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  3. The day steffy retired, I cried. I’m absolutely happy when I catch a glimpse of her like last wimby. That being said, i can’t consider Roger a male version of Steffi. she was an ice princess, always defending her privacy and keeping by herself most of the time. While Roger gives all to his public. I’m not cricicizing, just pointing out differences..

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    jason Reply:

    Well, it cannot be a perfect match, of course. Definitely agree on how different their personalities are, in that Steffi is more shy & reserved.

    But the parallels are abundant as well. 1. Dominator of their own eras,
    2. one perfect foe (Steffi’s case was Seles),
    3. a complete game suitable on all surfaces. and in many respects similar, they love to slice BHs, powerful & effective serve, deadly FH, etc.
    4. wise scheduling to allow max performance,
    5. and of course, modest & down-to-earth personality.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good points Jason i agree. I think there is probably more similarities than differences. Ill just add that they are both ultimate professionals.

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  4. i am also, proud to be Roger fan! because of Roger i start watching tennis and loving this sport! i love so much his game style and the fact he is so emotional …many times i cry with him… and thank u Ruan for this great blog!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Ioana ;-)

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  5. Am so delighted with this nomination of both players, Steffi and Roger. Could not be a better combination of the finest tennis players to grace the game. Both players are of strong, good character. Thank you, Ruan, for pointing this out in your blog.

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