Federer’s Shanghai 2013 Attire

Hi folks. I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. What do you think about the outfit? I’m not particularly impressed simply because of the color. I don’t have a problem with the design. I bet you guys are really starting to miss Roger by now. Just one more week now but check out my new blog The Tennis Analyst if you are missing tennis too much. I have covered Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and will cover Beijing and Tokyo in the coming week as well. Djokovic and Nadal are back in Beijing and it will be interesting to see how Djokovic responds after another tough loss to Nadal in the US Open final. Can he fight back or has Nadal broken him mentally? I think he may struggle to beat Nadal again at least until the end of the year. We will see. Nadal said today it will be very hard to overtake Djokovic in the rankings which is of course nonsense.

I’m pretty sure Nadal will end the year ranked #1. With Murray out for the rest of the year as well it is hard to see anyone beat him if he keeps playing the way he has of late. Berdych goes back to #5 in the rankings tomorrow which means of course that Roger is back to #6. I would have liked to see Roger play Beijing or Tokyo as well as Stockholm or Paris given how little he has played this year. But of course we don’t know what his situation is. The fact that Murray is out for the rest of the season is definitely helping him. Did Murray not pull out Roger would have been in a battle with Stan and Gasquet to qualify for the Masters Cup and he would probably have been forced to play Beijing or Tokyo. Roger has played so little this year it is almost like he is semi-retired. But it means he doesn’t have many points to defend next year and I’m sure he is just resting up for another big onslaught in 2014.

With Tsonga back Roger may have to add Stockholm or Paris to his schedule if he wants to be sure to qualify for London. I guess he is waiting to see what happens in Shanghai where he has a semi to defend. The fact that he is back to #6 in the rankings means he won’t be seeded in the top 4 in Shanghai and can play Nadal or Djokovic in the quarters. He also has a final to defend in Basel. We will see how things pan out. I’d like to see him add one event just so he can get some more confidence going in the indoor season which has always been a good hunting ground for him. He needs some kind of platform he can launch another big season in 2014 from. It would be nice if he can end the year ranked in the top 5 too. Well that’s a wrap from me. Like I said keep an eye on my other blog(s) in the right sidebar if you’re gonna follow tennis in the next week or have an interest in spirituality.

Let me know your thoughts.

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16 Comments

  1. I love the new color and I can’t wait to see Roger back on the courts. I haven’t been watching any tennis since the US Open. I also have been reading your other blog “The Tennis Analyst” which is quite enjoyable.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Chris! You should drop me a comment over there.

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  2. “With Tsonga back Roger may have to add Stockholm or Paris to his schedule if he wants to be sure to qualify for London.” According to his website, Paris is already in his schedule.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    He just added it then. Good to see and expected.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not sure if he added it or if it was there before. Different people telling me different things now.

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    Jiten Reply:

    He did not (have to) add that. It has been there before in his web-site right from the beginning of the season.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah I figured that out. I got confused because he left out Basel at the start but then added it later. Good to see he is playing Basel and Paris. Looking forward to the indoor season for Fed!

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  3. I might get criticized for saying this but I feel that glamour and fashion have been an unnecessary distraction in the second half of his career.

    He could still have had an excellent endorsement portfolio without being as fashion savvy as he is. It’s of course fine to be actively involved with one’s endorsements and dressing but Fed is so interested in fashion that the attention and limelight took his focus away from Fed the player. Ruan genuinely understands Fed’s game and career but there are many fans out there who just cheer him for the glamour aspect.

    One aspect of Nadal that I appreciate although I just don’t trust him and his persona is that his entire focus has always been on one thing: winning the biggest tournaments. In the prime of his career, he never let any other concern such as fashion, image, the vagaries of media attention, sometimes even ATP rankings get in the way of his # 1 priority: Winning the biggest tournaments. It’s a different matter that he doesn’t also let fairplay, rules, sporting ethics or sportsmanship get in the way of his goals. For example, with all the talk about the possibility of his doping he comes back from whatever 7 month break it was, keeps a low profile and thereby keeps the media attention away from him and wins RG and USO. Whether or not he is doping, it would have been all too easy to get dragged into that talk and draw unnecessary attention toward himself. If Nadal knows one thing it is that at the end if you win the biggest tournaments your image takes care of itself. In modern sport, there is only one rule: the winner is the hero in every sense of the word. Look at how they gave him the stefan edberg sportsmanship award in 2008. I mean it’s a joke but you have to give credit to Nadal that for understanding that what matters is winning and he never gets carried away into anything else. He deliberately downplays his chances relentlessly. He rarely underestimates his opponents and is always on guard.

    Fed deserves every bit of his stature as the embodiment and epitome of what a great tennis can be. But if he really and deeply wanted to consistently attain the heights he was capable of even in the second half of his career, he would have been better off without the cardigans, jackets, red shoes, Ann Wintnour and whatever else. IMO, all that added to his hubris and hurt his legacy in the end. Again, I repeat that it is his absolute prerogative and who am I to judge him anyway? But IF we are talking about the ‘Art of War’, on court fireworks on the biggest stages speak a lot louder than offcourt ones. He himself once said in 2006 in an interview explaining his success by something like ‘if you want to chase the money and celebrity you can forget about it’.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Lob, your comment is well voiced, I liked what you say, much of it I agree with you. You are correct, Roger loves fashion, no doubt. You bring in the difference between Roger and Nadal’s success. There is another thought that I would like to add to your comment. To compare the two one needs to also keep in mind that Roger is a husband and father of two children. Nadal is free of any of these responsibilities, he is fancyfree, Roger not so anymore. Even though he has said that he keeps tennis and family separete. But how can he? Not possible. Whenever he has been travelling without his family, he has said he misses his family. This, in my mind separetes the two, Roger and Nadal. Will be anxious what Ru-an’s comment might be to your thoughts, Lob.
    Ru-an knows who I am, a Grandma.
    Whether my thoughts play a role in all this, I don’t know.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course your thoughts play a role Dolores! I just replied to lob.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well first of all I don’t think Roger was necessarily chasing celebrity but you make some good points. The fashion stuff is just part of who he is. He is a stylish guy and looking good is important to him. You may as well say the same thing about Nadal who has made a music video with Shakira and had something to do with Rihanna as well if I remember correctly. Then that underwear collection and I’m sure many other things. Also it is clear that he has been chasing after the appearance fees, putting money in front of his physical well-being and scheduling badly.
    Roger on the other hand turned down vast appearance fees on countless occasions because he values his health more than money. It’s easy now that he is past prime and not winning everything anymore to find fault with his approach, just as it is easy to praise Nadal because he is on a high. In the end I don’t find much merit in what you are saying. Roger is Roger and Nadal is Nadal. No need to make any judgments.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, I just have to comment on this. First of all I agree with all three of you. Roger is first tennis, but he also likes to look good and stylish.
    But I don’t agree (with anybody for that matter) when they say Rafa was or is chasing money. I don’t know him personally of course, but from what I have seen and know about him, he really does not care about money. For him it is one thing only: winning. Way after that comes love for the sport. And somewhere at the end comes money.
    Lets be honest, he does (from far) look better and more handsome than Roger.
    (Trust me, NOT to me, but to most fans or female fans). If Rafa would care about money, he would have taken advantage of his body, his looks, his tan a long time ago. He would have those sponsor contracts that Roger has.
    Rafa really does not care about his appearance. Otherwise he would have found a way to stop picking his b..tt.
    Roger conducts himself like a gentleman off the court but also on the court. Rafa does not. He does not care that much about looking good or looking like a gentleman and stylish to land sponsor contracts. He is all in for the win.
    Roger is different. He loves the game, but he also loves to dress nice and stylish and gentlemanlike.
    For Rafa it is one thing and one thing only: winning. Atleast that is my opinion.
    As much as I don’t like Rafa (and I don’t), I have to admit, he could have done more to become a “gentleman” like Roger and to make far more money.

    Speaking of Roger… man, is it still not time for him to play???
    The wait seems like forever. I miss seeing him smile and play tennis !!!

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  4. Hi Ru-an, just a quick note to respond to your blog on Roger’s Shanghai outfit. I do like it, how it will look on Roger we shall find out soon. All of us, Fedfans in particular, are excited about his first appearance in a long while, so it seems. From what I have read, he is in Shanghai already. Your blog is great, particularly like the picture of Roger and his girls that goes with it. Thank You! Also, have visited your other site and like it, too. Keep up the good work, Ru-an.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Dolores I appreciate it.

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  5. can’t help sharing the goat comment by Jondos in response to the article named “Tennis ‘likely’ to change anti-doping rules after Viktor Troicki case” on CNN : “This is GREAT news! Why don’t we weaken the doping rules because the players don’t like them? They are so burdensome and intrusive and inconvenient. Forget that the rules are put in place to protect the FANS from players who might cheat with steroids and the like! Here is a STUPENDOUS idea! Let us forget about anti-doping altogether. Who needs a clean sport, legitimacy, credibility? Let the other sports fight over that. Tennis can be the sport that actually PROMOTES steroid use and HGH and PEDs. Nadal and Williams and Troicki and Cilic, and Odesink, wouldn’t have to deal with those ugly RUMORS any more. Tennis could even go one step further. Oh, they could have displays at the tournaments. Educational ones, of course! There could be one tent for adults and one tent to teach children. One tent where you can buy the designer PEDs that Nadal uses or Federer or Djokovic or Serena! Imagine buying the sneakers AND THE DOPE that your favorite star uses! They could allow the people to take the steroids and show them how their new serve or forehand will look. The children could be given literature about incremental usage and adapting to how their game and size could dramatically change. They could be wrapped in bright colors like candy and gum. We don’t want to tell anyone about the possible side effects though. THAT would be counter productive! Oh, I long for the day where the tennis court might be adorned with signs and endorsements from our favorite, currently banned, drugs. Nikethamide, Testostorone, Adrafinil, Ephedrine, oh and imagine the money that could be made from all of this, yes the money, I said the money, that is right, MONEY!”
    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/02/sport/tennis/tennis-doping-troicki-itf/index.html?hpt=isp_c2

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