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B A Y 02-17-2013 06:06 AM

Fed in South Africa this week!
 
So Fed coming to South Africa this week!! He will be in JHB to see Nelson Mandela and then going to his foundation in Port Elizabeth!

Any ideas of where he would stay in JHB? Would love to go find him!

Homeboy Hotel 02-17-2013 06:10 AM

The most expensive hotel in the area, that cuts it down

jaggy 02-17-2013 06:17 AM

I read the title and thought someone had gone out to eat in SA

Towser83 02-17-2013 06:18 AM

He obviously tanked the match with benny. He's gotta better things to do like next Nelson and tell him how they are the two most trusted people in the universe. how nice of him to play rotterdam though.

gavna 02-17-2013 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by B A Y (Post 7219670)
So Fed coming to South Africa this week!! He will be in JHB to see Nelson Mandela and then going to his foundation in Port Elizabeth!

Any ideas of where he would stay in JHB? Would love to go find him!

Stalking 101

mariecon 02-17-2013 07:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Towser83 (Post 7219692)
He obviously tanked the match with benny. He's gotta better things to do like next Nelson and tell him how they are the two most trusted people in the universe. how nice of him to play rotterdam though.

The opportunity probably came up and he has said one of his dreams was to meet Mandela. It's possible that it was now or never. What would you do in that case? Keep playing a 500 tourney or go meet one of your heros who may not be around much longer? I'm not saying he tanked the match but that maybe he didn't try so hard. :wink:

Goosehead 02-17-2013 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Towser83 (Post 7219692)
He obviously tanked the match with benny. He's gotta better things to do like next Nelson and tell him how they are the two most trusted people in the universe. how nice of him to play rotterdam though.

the 2 most trusted people in the universe ?? :)

like the good old days when he and rafa were world no 1 and 2 :twisted::)

steenkash 02-17-2013 08:27 AM

Careful not to intrude his hotel, or you will get shot too.

jrs 02-17-2013 08:31 AM

His charity may have a public event where you might be able to get glimpse of him.

Emet74 02-17-2013 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by mariecon (Post 7219814)
The opportunity probably came up and he has said one of his dreams was to meet Mandela. It's possible that it was now or never. What would you do in that case? Keep playing a 500 tourney or go meet one of your heros who may not be around much longer? I'm not saying he tanked the match but that maybe he didn't try so hard. :wink:

I don't know what you mean by "opportunity." Fed can schedule a visit to SA for his Foundation whenever he wants to.

If he'd played the Rotterdam final, presumably he would have just left later on Sunday, or gone Monday, or done it some other time.

It's not like he got some sort of invitation from Mandela - his initial interviews only said that he "hopes" to meet him and his people had been in touch w/ Mandela's people.

I don't think for a moment Roger came to Rotterdam not intending to play the final. That would not only be unprofessional, but it's completely unlike him.
Benneteau's beaten him before indoors, and went up 2-0 in sets at Wimby. There's no need of conspiracy theories to explain the loss.

cc0509 02-17-2013 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Emet74 (Post 7220456)
I don't know what you mean by "opportunity." Fed can schedule a visit to SA for his Foundation whenever he wants to.

If he'd played the Rotterdam final, presumably he would have just left later on Sunday, or gone Monday, or done it some other time.

It's not like he got some sort of invitation from Mandela - his initial interviews only said that he "hopes" to meet him and his people had been in touch w/ Mandela's people.

I don't think for a moment Roger came to Rotterdam not intending to play the final. That would not only be unprofessional, but it's completely unlike him.
Benneteau's beaten him before indoors, and went up 2-0 in sets at Wimby. There's no need of conspiracy theories to explain the loss.

I agree, there should be no excuse to explain Federer's loss against Benneteau. Federer's form has been terrible so far in 2013, far below what it was this time last year. However, a tournament such as Rotterdam cannot be as important to Federer any longer at this stage in his career. I am sure he wants to win these smaller tournaments but how can he possibly be as geared up to play these lesser tournaments after so many years and after all of his success? I don't think it is humanly possible. There is a reason he has cut back his tennis schedule so drastically. I am sure he can't get as keyed up any longer for these smaller tournaments, they don't hold much legacy value.

Towser83 02-17-2013 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Goosehead (Post 7219906)
the 2 most trusted people in the universe ?? :)

like the good old days when he and rafa were world no 1 and 2 :twisted::)

Here is the proof.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...Respected.aspx

Fed must have decided meeting someone on his level of trustworthiness was his top priority and so bailed out of Rotterdam. He likes Delpo and knew he would take the title anyway. This is part of the reason Federer is so respected and trusted, he always does the right thing and sees the bigger picture. Mandela over Rotterdam, Delpo win over Fed win. So giving in everything.In fact I think he was robbed in that poll- he should be more trusted than Mandela. If only it had been held on TT. Mandela wouldn't have got one single vote.

For those with malfuctioning sarcasm detectors- I'm joking

Steve0904 02-17-2013 10:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Towser83 (Post 7220518)
Here is the proof.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...Respected.aspx

Fed must have decided meeting someone on his level of trustworthiness was his top priority and so bailed out of Rotterdam. He likes Delpo and knew he would take the title anyway. This is part of the reason Federer is so respected and trusted, he always does the right thing and sees the bigger picture. Mandela over Rotterdam, Delpo win over Fed win. So giving in everything.In fact I think he was robbed in that poll- he should be more trusted than Mandela. If only it had been held on TT. Mandela wouldn't have got one single vote.

Solid stuff Towser, I must say! :lol:

mariecon 02-17-2013 10:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Emet74 (Post 7220456)
I don't know what you mean by "opportunity." Fed can schedule a visit to SA for his Foundation whenever he wants to.

If he'd played the Rotterdam final, presumably he would have just left later on Sunday, or gone Monday, or done it some other time.

It's not like he got some sort of invitation from Mandela - his initial interviews only said that he "hopes" to meet him and his people had been in touch w/ Mandela's people.

I don't think for a moment Roger came to Rotterdam not intending to play the final. That would not only be unprofessional, but it's completely unlike him.
Benneteau's beaten him before indoors, and went up 2-0 in sets at Wimby. There's no need of conspiracy theories to explain the loss.

Do you really think Federer is going to tell you and the rest of the world what his plans are? Really? He made a commitment to play Rotterdam. Obviously during his time there the opportunity arose to possibly meet Mandela in SA so he went. Where did I say he tanked the match? Do you honestly believe every player gives it their 100% every time they step on court? It's no conspiracy theory. It's a fact. I'm sorry if this bursts your little bubble.

Towser83 02-17-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve0904 (Post 7220522)
Solid stuff Towser, I must say! :lol:

thanks Steve :)

Tiebreak100 02-17-2013 10:54 AM

Another jaunt for the Federer camp. He should maybe consider a bit of practice, instead of constant PR jollies. A good humanitarian does his charity work discreetly.

Emet74 02-17-2013 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by mariecon (Post 7220545)
Do you really think Federer is going to tell you and the rest of the world what his plans are? Really? He made a commitment to play Rotterdam. Obviously during his time there the opportunity arose to possibly meet Mandela in SA so he went. Where did I say he tanked the match? Do you honestly believe every player gives it their 100% every time they step on court? It's no conspiracy theory. It's a fact. I'm sorry if this bursts your little bubble.

Well that's not obvious to me. You are speculating that that's the case but I see no reason to think so.

mariecon 02-17-2013 12:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Emet74 (Post 7220627)
Well that's not obvious to me. You are speculating that that's the case but I see no reason to think so.

What's that supposed to mean? He said it himself. That they've reached out to Mandela and that he's going to South Africa and hoping to meet him. Maybe that depends on Mandela's health, whether he will actually get to meet with him. But I see no reason to believe he's lying. And I'm not speculating since I based my comment on Federer's statement.

Emet74 02-17-2013 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by mariecon (Post 7220809)
What's that supposed to mean? He said it himself. That they've reached out to Mandela and that he's going to South Africa and hoping to meet him. Maybe that depends on Mandela's health, whether he will actually get to meet with him. But I see no reason to believe he's lying. And I'm not speculating since I based my comment on Federer's statement.

Of course he's going to South Africa and hoping to meet Mandela.

What I meant is that I wouldn't call that an "opportunity" - it's a choice.
It's not like Mandela contacted him and invited to him to some event - that would be an opportunity.

No use going around in circles - I read your initial post as implying that Fed was in Rotterdam when all of a sudden some "opportunity" occured to go meet Mandela, so he was torn between playing his match properly and going on the trip.

If that's not what you meant, then fine.

Personally I think Fed travelled to Rotterdam intending to play his best and reach the final if possible. Whether or not he'd planned to visit South Africa following the tournament, I see no reason to attribute his loss to Benneteau in any way to those plans. That's it.

mariecon 02-17-2013 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Emet74 (Post 7220822)
Of course he's going to South Africa and hoping to meet Mandela.

What I meant is that I wouldn't call that an "opportunity" - it's a choice.
It's not like Mandela contacted him and invited to him to some event - that would be an opportunity.

No use going around in circles - I read your initial post as implying that Fed was in Rotterdam when all of a sudden some "opportunity" occured to go meet Mandela, so he was torn between playing his match properly and going on the trip.

If that's not what you meant, then fine.

Personally I think Fed travelled to Rotterdam intending to play his best and reach the final if possible. Whether or not he'd planned to visit South Africa following the tournament, I see no reason to attribute his loss to Benneteau in any way to those plans. That's it.

definition of opportunity: an appropriate or favorable time or occasion.

What does that have to do with having an invitation to an event? An opportunity is exactly that. Why are you dissecting this? Just to have something to argue about? He's gone to SA this weekend. If he was in the final at Rotterdam he wouldn't be there would he? Therefore an opportunity arose. He took it.


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