Federer playing Real Tennis in 2005

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  1. Le Master

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    Does anyone have any pics/videos of Federer at the Hampton Royal Palace in 2005 playing Real Tennis?

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    Here is one article discussing his playing there.

    But I've only unearthed two pics from the event.
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  2. Sid_Vicious

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    Wow, he even looks like a natural at that.
     
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  3. 90's Clay

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    Fed couldn't play with a wooden racket. He would be framing shots all over the place. ANd his net game isn't good enough
     
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  4. vive le beau jeu !

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    didn't hear about that, thx for the link/pics.
    it's great to see tennismen play other racquet sports... :)

    edberg playing squash, monfils playing padel... what else ?
    wasn't chang a decent table tennis player ?...
    (and what about tennis pros at badminton ?)

    a one-hand...... sumthin ? ;)
     
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  5. Le Master

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    There is one more article I found that talks about that. It costs money to read, so I'll paste it here.
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    REAL TENNIS: Federer courts a different favour;
    Sally Jones discovers the World No 1 is equally
    adept at the real game.(Sport)


    Byline: Sally Jones

    Most of us, when faced with the prospect of a tennis match with Roger Federer, would be scared stiff. I was simply excited - and fairly sure that if it came to a head-to-head with the Wimbledon champion, I'd start as favourite.
    Before you call for the men in white coats, however, remember that for once thevenue was not Wimbledon's Centre Court but the historic porched and galleried arena at Hampton Court Palace. And the game was not 'lawners' but its royal and ancient forerunner, Real Tennis.

    While most of his rivals were fine-tuning their games on grass in Nottingham, the laid-back Swiss had leapt at the chance to get his first taste of 'the Real thing',courtesy of his watch sponsor, Maurice Lacroix.

    As a county lawn tennis player who got hooked on real tennis during a reporting assignment at Hampton Court in the late '80s and, against the odds, won the World Championship in 1993, I got the nod to partner Federer and became the envy of my regular doubles four at my home court of Moreton Morrell, near Leamington Spa - and of every red-blooded 'yummy mummy' of my acquaintance.

    Remembering the sheer frustration during my first session as the heavy ball skidded and spun unpredictably off the sloping wooden porches (penthouses) and out of the corners, I gaily assumed that Federer would find it equally baffling.

    'Get your racket back early,' I advised loftily as we prepared to take on former world champion and Hampton Court head professional Chris Ronaldson and journalist and tennis fanatic Sue Mott. 'Bend your knees and block the ball as it shoots through on the polished floor.'

    After a moment's hesitation when the first ball skidded wickedly beneath his racket, he punched an awkward mid-court shot exquisitely down the wall, so perfectly placed that even Ronaldson struggled to return it.

    Beginner's luck, I thought. Until he repeated the feat with his next three shots, then played the ideal 'feed' to his nervous fellow-newcomer Mott, allowing her to scramble back a respectable forehand. Ronaldson then upped the tempo, thrashing a powerful volley which Federer caressed back into court with silky ease. He effortlessly 'read' the fizzing bounce of a ball that spiralled viciously off the back wall and boasted it off the high main wall.

    'Growing up in Basle I always loved squash and I played a lot with my dad,' Federer confided, 'so this doesn't seem as weird as I thought. Walking onto this court with its roofs and its galleries is like stepping into history and although the floor is lightning fast, I think I played pretty good.'

    Ronaldson agreed and suggested picking Federer for his needle club doubles two weeks on Sunday. Could he make it?

    'Sounds exciting,' said Federer with a twinkle. 'But I hope I'm otherwise engaged that day
     
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    This article below begs to differ with your assumption

     
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  7. cork_screw

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    Can I use those nets?

    I always wanted to see just strictly Woodie Tournies, that would be a riot.

    There's certain races that race certain cars like NASCAR vs. Formulae 1, why can't we have modern racquets and a segregated tournament for classic Woodie players where that is the only allowed racquet.

    BTW, Federer would be the only one to be successful using a stick like that. He just has the elegance and grace. Comes pretty close to his already small 90 inch stiff frame.
     
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  8. kishnabe

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    Did you see him play with a wood racquet.

    Roddick played with it...and still hit well. Pro aren't like you and me...who are talentless hacks.
     
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    Looks like your ability to continuously be wrong is still as strong as ever :lol:
     
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    Yep, typical 90's Clay. Makes a post and then is immediately shown to be wrong by everyone under the sun. Poor guy.
     
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  11. 90's Clay

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    Good enough to beat Laver, Rosewall, Pancho etc with a wooden racket? ROFLMAO

    They would wipe Fed off the map

    Beating the wooden racket GOATS is not playing a bunch of bums at a country club. He couldn't the best of the 30-70s of the wooden racket era.

    Like I said.. He would framing shots all over the place and his net game isn't good enough

    The only guy that could hang with them from the modern era (90s to present) is Sampras or Edberg or perhaps Becker and Rafter

    Roddick couldn't hang with them with a wooden racket.. he would be TOAST. He has no net game to hang nor the proper movement and footwork
     
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    One can't be dumb enough to think that Federer would use the exact same tactics if he was to play in the 60's with a wooden racquet?

    It's funny cause in a different thread asking how Sampras would cope in this era you didn't answer "he would be owned - no stamina, top 4 would be all over his backhand, the surfaces are slow" but "different conditions, Sampras would play differently". But here you say that Federer would get owned not that he would play in a different way, LOL.

    Oh the double standards.
     
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  13. Towser83

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    lol the guy grew up in the post wooden racquet era, of course he wouldn't beat the top guys who played every day of their careers with that technology, it wouldn't be a level playing field. If he grew up in that era he would have coped fine with it.

    And what does that have to do with playing real tennis which this thread was about? He played real tennis just fine with a wooden racquet
     
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  14. Le Master

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    It's actually a very difficult shot. It's used at times when the ball bounces low off one of the short back walls (beneath the dedans on the service side or the penthouse on the hazard side) to your backhand. You face the wall (with your back to the net) in order to read the bounce, so it requires and backward flick of the wrist. Here's the best real tennis player of all time, Rob Fahey failing at the shot:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wYvbHCMBxuU#t=284s
     
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  15. vive le beau jeu !

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    talking about other racquet sports, here's roger with the #1 female squash player:
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    from: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Te...ederer-Supports-Squash-Meets-Nicol-David.aspx

    i'd prefer to see squash played at the olympics, rather than chess or billard ! ;)
     
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    I have no doubt Federer could use a 65 wood racquet just fine.
     
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    If Federer grew up with a wooden racquet he'd be fine. Even now to say that he couldn't adjust his game and play with a wooden racquet is a great disservice to the man. If Borris Johnson can get the ball over the net with a wooden racquet Federer will be fine.
     
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