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irishbanger
01-30-2006, 07:08 PM
1. He speaks many languages, some fluently, others proficiently, and is a great spokesman for the game.

2. He cares about the game; its traditions and history. You can tell that long after his career is over, we'll be seeing Roger in some capacity around tennis, much like Laver (his idol). Where's Pete Sampras? You get the feeling that Pete, for all his gifts, did not love the game. Roger does, and will be a great ambassador for the sport.

3. He's from Switzerland. What's the worst thing you can say about someone from Switzerland? ("You damned Swiss, you're so . . . well . . . neutral about everything!")

4. He "turns out well" off the court. When you see him off the court, he always presents himself well. The only guy who looks sharper in a suit is Carlos Moya, and we have probably seen the last of him. Roger and Mirka always look like they are in evening clothes. Contrast this to the Americans in their jeans and T's, the Swedes in their workout suits, and the Argentines in their backward caps.

5. Mirka. She's not the hottest, sexiest babe like some of the players eye candy (Bagdatis, Safin, Coria), but she's a keeper---someone to take home to mom. As an ex-player, she knows the business, the game, and how to relate to Roger both on and off court. In a word, she's class.

6. His game. So seemingly effortless. Graceful, and at the same time powerful. We may not see the likes of it again. Appreciate it and enjoy his time at the top---it is fleeting.

Donnie Darko
01-30-2006, 07:20 PM
You've..........ummmmmm..........got something on your chin there......

sureshs
01-30-2006, 07:21 PM
long after his career is over, we'll be seeing Roger in some capacity around tennis, much like Laver (his idol).

Did he ever say that? I have heard him say that Becker and Edberg were his idols.

Laver was Johnny Mac's idol.

chaognosis
01-30-2006, 07:32 PM
Did he ever say that? I have heard him say that Becker and Edberg were his idols.

Laver was Johnny Mac's idol.

Not to mention Sampras's.