Federer playing Real Tennis in 2005

#5
Wow, he even looks like a natural at that.
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
 

egn

Hall of Fame
#6
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
This article below begs to differ with your assumption

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
 
#7
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.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
#8
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
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.
 
#11
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.
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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#12
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
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.
 
#13
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
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
 
#14
a one-hand...... sumthin ? ;)
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
 
#15
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 ?)
talking about other racquet sports, here's roger with the #1 female squash player:

ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2013
Squash Fan Federer Supports Olympic Bid; Meets Nicol David
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff | 15.02.2013


World No. 2 Roger Federer is backing squash to be added to the Olympic programme in 2020.

“I think it's a wonderful sport. It's unfortunate some sports don't get the opportunity to be in the Olympics,” said Federer. “I think squash would deserve it. They run a great tour and they have great players and characters. I'd personally be very happy for them.”

The 17-time major champion had the opportunity to meet women’s squash World No. 1 Nicol David on Friday at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Federer expressed his support to David and revealed he played the sport growing up.

“I used to play it a lot when I was younger every Sunday with my dad,” Federer said. “I started with a wooden racquet like I did in tennis. I've always been a big fan of the sport.”

Federer and David conversed over dinner. David, a native of Malaysia and resident of Amsterdam, was thrilled to spend quality time with the Swiss superstar.

“It was exciting. He's such a great guy and true champion,” said David. “He's so down to earth. He showed us what it's like behind the scenes to be a tennis player. It's very similar to squash, so it's been great to spend time with him.”

When asked if she played tennis, David said, “I'm a tennis fan but not a player. I follow Roger's progress and he definitely brings the sport up to another level.”
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 ! ;)
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
#18
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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