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joeri888
06-08-2009, 10:27 AM
Basel to rename venue as Roger Federer Arena

BASEL, Switzerland (AP)—Roger Federer’s birthplace will rename its international tennis venue for its most famous sporting son.

Basel sports director Peter Howald said on Monday that St. Jakobshalle will be called Roger Federer Arena following a planned renovation.

Howald said the city had discussed ways of honoring the new French Open champion, who completed a career Grand Slam and tied Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major singles titles with his victory Sunday at Roland Garros.

Federer is a three-time defending champion of the Swiss Indoors tournament at St. Jakobshalle. He is scheduled to defend his title Nov. 2-8.


source: tennis.com

joeri888
06-08-2009, 10:40 AM
I actually think this will mean a great deal to Roger. It's his home soil, he was a ballboy there, won the title there and now it's named after him. I think it doesn't get much sweeter that that, unless they name Wimbledon centre court after you;)

mandy01
06-08-2009, 10:42 AM
Hey thanks!
Wow..thats cool.Agree with you-It'll mean a hell a lot to Roger.

IvanAndreevich
06-08-2009, 10:50 AM
A little premature if you ask me. It's kind of weird with Fed not even close to retiring yet :)

ATXtennisaddict
06-08-2009, 11:24 AM
That's pretty awesome.

malakas
06-08-2009, 11:25 AM
On the contrary it's even delayed!He had to win 14 to honour him in Basel?!!?

But would be funny to play in Roger Federer stadium!:mrgreen:

ATXtennisaddict
06-08-2009, 11:27 AM
On the contrary it's even delayed!He had to win 14 to honour him in Basel?!!?

But would be funny to play in Roger Federer stadium!:mrgreen:

Yeah I guess it would be funny for Roger to play in his stadium.

P_Agony
06-08-2009, 12:44 PM
A little premature if you ask me. It's kind of weird with Fed not even close to retiring yet :)

Yeah, imagine Fed losing on his own court. Ouch.

Blinkism
06-08-2009, 12:50 PM
That's weird... he's not even retired.
Oh well, it'll be funny to see Roger Federer win the title in Roger Federer stadium!

tennisfun1
06-08-2009, 01:05 PM
When is the renovation ?

tournaking
06-08-2009, 01:07 PM
This is a great way to honour Rog. Imo 'The Roger Federer arena' sounds better.

theduh
06-08-2009, 01:08 PM
Wow. An early tribute I must say.

DarthFed
06-08-2009, 01:11 PM
This is really cool...if not a tad early...

Eventually him and Sampras need GS stadiums named after them

Giggs The Red Devil
06-08-2009, 01:13 PM
It will be a bit awkward when they’ll have to chance the name to “Wawrinka Arena” once Stan will surpass Federer’s records…

theduh
06-08-2009, 01:14 PM
This is really cool...if not a tad early...

Eventually him and Sampras need GS stadiums named after them

Well if Switzerland will get a GS or Masters level tournament (Not sure if this will happen) I'm 100% certain that the main court will be named after him.

theduh
06-08-2009, 01:15 PM
It will be a bit awkward when they’ll have to chance the name to “Wawrinka Arena” once Stan will surpass Federer’s records…

As much as I love stan it wouldn't happen.

tacou
06-08-2009, 01:16 PM
not to sound like a broken record but yeah, a little early, but definitely deserved I'm sure a very meaningful gesture to Roger.

Cenc
06-08-2009, 02:15 PM
doesnt sound as good as rod laver arena but interesting he got one