Roger Federer takes on role as backroom power broker (ATP future and situation)
Roger Federer takes on role as backroom power broker (ATP future and situation)
Roger Federer latest is among the most unexpected, especially for a man raised in a country known for its benign neutrality: backroom power broker.
But after leading the ATP Tour Player Council as president the last three years, Federer has become a savvy student of the laws of political governance.
"It's been a great life-school," said the tri-lingual Swiss star Sunday as he prepared to defend his season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. "Can you say that?"
Much of Roger Federer's behind-the-scenes work this year has focused on persuading the four majors to share a larger piece of the revenue pie with players.
He has also lobbied that a larger percentage of prize money go to earlier rounds to rectify a growing income distribution gap.
That work has increasingly fallen on his shoulders, as Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, once Player Council members, left their leadership positions.
Take his pre-tournament schedule last month at the Masters event.
Under added security because of death threats, Roger Federer arrived on a Friday and discussed strategy with ATP player and board representatives till about 1 a.m.
He practiced the next morning, spent about 7 hours in meetings with various representatives of the Grand Slams and still attended the player party Saturday night.
On Sunday evening, he hosted three hours of meetings in his hotel room with the Player Council, ATP executive staff, and U.S. Open executives -- all before he struck a match ball.
"Roger has so many demands on his schedule and the fact that he is investing so much time into the player council and these negotiations shows his character and how much he cares for the future of the sport,"
doubles specialist and council member Eric Butorac of the USA wrote in a recent email. "I believe it is very unprecedented to have a top player so involved."
It's not just Roger Federer's time than matters. It's his clout.
"I think having someone like him on the council can be a big benefit, especially if you're going into important meetings with the Grand Slams," No. 3 Andy Murray said Saturday.
Reserved by nature, Federer has come a long way in understanding the needs and concerns of everyone from players ranked well outside the top 50 to doubles specialists.
Roger Federer did not slip into the role of leader without some angst.
It is, like his precise shotmaking and fluid movements, a delicate balancing act. Demands can stretch on and on. The mind can become weary. Focus can waver.
Despite threats of a boycott and other hard-line tactics -- for tennis -- Roger Federer and his fellow players and ATP executives have shepherded successes.
The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each contributed a larger percentage of prize money to earlier rounds this season.
The Australian Open will do the same in January, and in a pre-emptive strike already announced the biggest year-over-year prize money increase in its history.
"More important," Roger Federer said, is the "productive" dialogue taking place.
"I'm happy that we've gotten to the table with the Slams and been able to explain our case," he said.
At 31, Roger Federer is brushing up against the usual threshold when age undermines skill, which means every minute and every decision he makes counts.
In that regard, time management might just be the Swiss' biggest asset. He seems to have found a formula that works.
Old article. Was posted two months ago :
By the way, these work was why required? Because, since some players were planning the boycott of AO.
Nadal has performed the always selfish request. A push of two-year ranking. Dissatisfaction to a schedule. Dissatisfaction to surface, etc. And he resigned from the players' association suddenly.
Roger and a member were continuing work, in order to solve those problems.
At least he did not take on the backroom casting couch, if you know what I mean.
I hadn't read this article before and it was interesting, thanks for posting. It would be interesting to know who have been the major players in the raising of first round prize money, I think it's such a good step, so important for a healthy sport with a deep talent pool, and I like to think that all the top players use their clout to force this through, standing up for those who don't have much presence or a way to be heard. It's doing right by those players and by the future of the sport. If you get good enough players even the qualifying eventually will be a can't-miss-it sell-out.
As for Federer, it's great to see how much he continues to contribute to the game, I'd say he amazes me but by now it's just the standard I've come to expect from him.
thanks for the comment.
Great tennis ambassador
Sportsmanship Award (voted by ATP players)
Roger Federer : Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the eighth time.
Cancer survivor shares her heartwarming story of meeting Roger Federer
By Shane Bacon | Busted Racquet – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:30 AM EDT
837Tweet0.....I love you so freaking much @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/cRDGrx6XTm
— Beatriz (@bktinoco) July 27, 2013
In sports we mostly hear about the negatives. Athletes getting arrested or saying something they shouldn't have said or getting in fights or using performance enhancing substances that are deemed illegal.
We should hear more stories like the one you're about to read.
Beatriz Tinoco is a teenager from Rockville, Md., a normal 18-year-old that battled cancer in 2011 and '12. Tinoco, like so many others, got the opportunity to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and her wish was the same as so many other tennis fans across this globe; she wanted to meet Roger Federer.
As you know, Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam champion but also known as one of the nicest athletes on the planet considering his level of fame. This story proves just that.
Tinoco sent out the following tweet and then went on to explain her meeting with Federer at Wimbledon this year.
I'll tweet the story of how I met Roger for everyone to see, since I just told it to someone and more people liked to read it.
— Beatriz (@bktinoco) July 30, 2013
The following excerpts are from Tinoco, courtesy of Mashable.
The whole story of how I got to meet Roger Federer and how it was: Well, I had cancer in 2011/2012, and there's this foundation called the Make A Wish Foundation. They grant wishes to kids, teens and yound adults who have life-threatening diseases. I made my wish in 2012, and my wish was to meet Roger Federer. I waited for more than a year, and I didn't really know if they were gonna be able to grant me this wish (you have second and third options) since Roger has such a busy schedule and it was taking such a long time. In June I was told that ESPN was doing a piece on high school tennis and they were gonna film a bit of my school tennis team. So I went there and we had practice and in the end they told us we had a culminating activity that would kinda test our knowledge of tennis. They gave us an iPad to watch something, and it was the Wimbledon 2012 match point (that already got me like really excited) but then after Roger falls to the ground they cut the video and Roger shows up in a kind of home made video or something, and he says "Hi Beatriz, I heard you're a big fan of mine, so I'm inviting you with your family to come watch me play at Wimbledon. Go pack your bags, have a safe trip, and I'll see you there!" (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I freaked out so so so badly. I couldn't believe it haha. All I could think was "OMG ROGER FEDERER KNOWS MY NAME!" Haha.
So, yeah, this was on a Monday, and my flight to London was on that Thursday (I barely had any time to freak out) and I live in the US so... But yeah, then I found out ESPN was doing a piece on my wish and it's actually gonna air in August anyway, I got there and the very next day I met Roger! First I went to the nike house, where players get their gear and everything, and they actually gave me lots of stuff, all white since it was Wimbledon. Then we went to the All England Club where I was actually gonna meet him. We were waiting on the place where players eat and hang out. However, the guys from ESPN told me we might not see him that day because schedules change a lot. So I wasn't expecting anythint, just sitting watching some practices and someone calls my name. I turn and it's FREAKING ROGER FEDERER. He comes up, gives me a hug and a kiss and then sits down and starts talking to me very naturally. I was trying hard not to freak out haha. We talked for about 10-15 minutes (which I was told later he wasn't supposed to do. He was just supposed to come and say hi and then go to practice but he's a perfect human being and talked to me for a while!) oh my gosh this is getting very long haha. After that he went to practice, but he told me to go change, because I was gonna watch his practice from inside the court and maybe we could hit a little bit after he was done. He told me that he would send someone to take me to the court because like no one is allowed in the courts except the players and coaches. So I changed and went there, and I was waiting for someone to come take me to the actual court when I hear someone call my name and oh my god it's Paul Annacone. He sent PAUL ANNACONE to get me. So I go to the court and am introduced to Sev and Steph, and then sit there watching his practice with Hewitt (!!!!).
After his practice he tells me we're gonna hit for a while and Sev says "but she doesn't have a racquet" and Roger is like "she can use one of mine" (!!!!!!!) so he reaches into his bag and gives me one of his racquets to hit with (!!!!!!). I was really scared because I'm not like amazing at tennis, I'm pretty good, but not out of the ordinary, and even if I was, it was freaking Roger Federer. But Paul and Roger told me not to be scared, it was so cute haha. So we hit for a bit, then he told me to come up and volley and he went up too. Paul told me not to be scared of Roger in the net 'cause it was all pressure, he wasn't even that good haha. Then he served and oh my gosh it's fast even though he wasn't even close to full speed. After that he went over the net, shook my hand and gave me a kiss on the cheek (!!!!!!). Then we walked (and talked) together to the other court where he was going to practice more with Hewitt. I watched this second practice and then after they were done Roger came up to me and said "well that's my day" and we talked for a bit more, and then he said "I'll see you on Sunday" (this was a Friday) and I freaked out because oh my gosh I was gonna see him again!!! So yeah that was it for this day. On Sunday the guys from ESPN told me I was gonna take a tour of the grounds, even though I had already taken one when I went to London for vacation. The more time at Wimbledon the better haha. But then when I'm waiting to take the tour I find out that the people who are giving me the tour are the Chairman of Wimbledon (!!!!!!) and Roger (!!!!!!!). Like, OH MY GOD. So yeah, they took me around, and to the walk the players take to get to Centre Court, and then to actual Centre Court, with everything being explained to me by Roger and the Chairman. After we got to Centre Court Roger had to leave earlier than us because he had his press conference (which I was going to), so he left us there to see a bit more of Centre Court. AND on his way out he talked to the main guy that gets Centre Court ready, to let me actually go there. Like, I stepped on the grass on Centre Court because of Roger. He's perfect oh my god. And then we took a while there so his manager called the girl from ESPN to ask her if we were going because Roger was waiting for me to start the press conference (!!!!!!!!!!). OMG HE IS PERFECT. So we went to the press conference and saw everything, and then on my wait out I passed Roger and he was like "So did you like it? Me getting grilled by the press?" He's always so dorky and funny haha. And then the people from ESPN took us to the players lounge because Roger was gonna sign some stuff for me after he had done all of his interviews (a lot of them) and gotten a award (you know, just usual stuff).
I was sitting there waiting for him and it was amazing because I saw soooo many other players. Tsonga asked to get one of the chairs in our table actually haha. I saw Murray, Nadal, Haas, Ferrer, Benneteau, Tipsarevic, Serena, Wozniacki, Radwanska, Lisicki, like, so many of them from up close. It was like heaven for a tennis fan haha. But then Roger finished his interviews and sat at out table with us. I had so many things for him to sign but I knew he was busy so I just took 4 pictures (one for each one in my family) and then 4 blank papers and my tennis bag, and gave for him to sign. He actually addressed the blank papers to each one of us, it was so perfect. In mine he wrote a bit more, and even a happy birthday!! (Did I mention it was my 18th birthday??) And then he asked me "is that it?" and I said "yes" and he was like "are you sure? Don't be embarrassed about it." He's so amazing and kind. So I gave him the rest of the stuff to sign. And he was just sitting there signing and chatting with me, but his manager was telling the guys from ESPN that he needed to go eat lunch, and Roger probably knew he had to, but he would have stayed there the whole day, just talking to us. He stayed a lot more than he had to for sure. But then the people from ESPN tried kinda finishing things up so that he could leave before his manager freaked out. So he went around the table hugging my mom, my dad and my sister, and then it was my turn. He told me I had been through a lot and hugged me really hard and I just started crying so so so much in his shoulder (it was around that time that the picture from my avi was taken haha) He was like "awnn". Then when I let go of him I was still like sobbing and I turned to him and he was kinda tearing up :') I thanked him and then he went.
One of the best parts of that story is not only how great Federer was to this young girl, but how you can feel the excitement in her writing. This isn't just a fan, but a girl that had a dream and a great organization and a respected athlete that made it happen.
Well done, Roger. Maybe when tennis is done you can start coaching other athletes on how to act even when the cameras are off.
Edberg Sportsmanship Award
(voted by ATP players)
Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the ninth time and third year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Juan Martin del Potro, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal were also nominated in this category.
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
(awarded by ATP)
Roger Federer: The 32 year old becomes just the third person to be named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for a second time, joining Andre Agassi and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Federer, who previously received the award in 2006, supports children in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Ethiopia and his native Switzerland through the Roger Federer Foundation, established in 2003. This past February, Federer visited the Hlukani and Govhu crèches in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, which have been supported by Foundation partner READ Educational Trust since 2010.
ATPWorldTour.com Fans' (Singles)
(voted by fans)
Roger Federer: The Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th straight year, receiving 56 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished second, followed by Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.
A lovely new article from Credit Suisse about Malawi and a new day care centre which has opened. Roger's Foundation had a hand in it. Includes embedded video or I would have brought the whole article here.
This is the article that mountains mentioned above and there are links to Credit Suisse' channel on YouTube and the video embedded in the article itself
Roger Federer Foundation
Malawi: Thundu's First Day Care Center
....Raquel Forster, Corporate Communications 29.07.2013
After 18 months of construction and four episodes of the documentary series "Growing Up in Malawi," the wait is over: Thundu's first day care center is ready to open. The fifth episode of the series shows not only that the residents of the village are thrilled with the center, but also that it opens new opportunities for the entire region.
Malawi: Thundu's First Day Care Center
"It all starts with our children. If we lose them, there will be no chance for growth," says Byson Maneya, a painter from Thundu, explaining the importance of this center for the larger region. In a country identified by the United Nations as one of the world's poorest, where even food cannot be taken for granted, a day care center with real toys and a playground is truly exceptional. So there was enormous anticipation leading up to its opening on May 7 – after a year and a half of construction – and the occasion was appropriately marked by a visit from a prominent guest from the country's capital.
The Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare Visits Thundu
Anita Kalinde, Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare, has traveled over three hours by car from the capital city of Lilongwe to be present at the official opening of Thundu's new day care center. Her presence underscores the fact that the celebrations are about much more than just a day care center. "This center sends a clear message to the entire district of Ntchisi," says Cristina Karrer, an independent filmmaker who produced the fifth episode. Before the center was built, Thundu had nothing to offer its children – no day care center, no toys, no playground. The children of Thundu have never seen stuffed animals before, or toy pianos, or so many other things we in the West take for granted, like swings and slides. Until now, their only playthings have been air-dried, easily broken clay objects they made themselves.
The day care center is the new symbol of Thundu.
Crushing Stones into Gravel
The day care center also has special significance for Thundu's adults: It is the largest structure in the village, and they built it themselves. "It was all done by hand," says Cristina Karrer. During the 18 months of construction, the villagers baked clay bricks, hauled sand from the river to the village, and crushed stones into gravel. Whenever their farming duties allowed, they worked on this project. It is a country where most people live in huts they have built with their own hands, without running water or electricity – and now, for the first time, the people of Thundu have something to show the rest of the district, something that makes them proud.
Children are no longer limited to writing in the sand: The center has a blackboard.
Room for More than 60 Children
Excitement and pride were apparent as the villagers and guests celebrated the opening of the district's first day care center and playground, with singing and dancing. Every day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., more than 60 children between the ages of three and six will be at the center, which will offer structured, age-appropriate instruction. They will have access to books, toys, and a playground. A meal of cornmeal mush will be provided every day. In a place where over 80 percent of the population has limited access to education and many small children suffer from chronic malnutrition, the child care center is a milestone in efforts to promote the development of Thundu's young children.
A Positive Influence on the Entire Region
Even beyond Thundu, however, the center is likely to attract considerable attention. "In rural areas like this, people play close attention to what is happening elsewhere in the region. So I am confident that this model day care center will have a significant impact on the entire region," says Janine Händel, CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation. In Malawi, where the topic of "early childhood development" is already a major focus, there is reason to hope that the center will change the lives of children not only in Thundu and the district of Ntchisi, but in all of Malawi.
Credit Suisse has a channel on YouTube which includes the embedded video that mountains has mentioned (there have been 4 previous ones on this theme):
- 4th topic on the page, the heading is Responsibility
Link to the embedded video (Episode 5): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAAH95c4Wg0
Over a period of ten years, as part of the sponsorship partnership concluded with Roger Federer in 2009, Credit Suisse is donating one million dollars annually to the Roger Federer Foundation, which was established by the tennis star in 2003. This contribution will be used primarily to create a long-term program to promote early childhood development in Malawi.
Roger Federer is an amazing man.
This is relevant to the OP http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=467924
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