Tea for two keeps Federer on rooftop

15th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

A top Wimbledon official informs Roger Federer of Centre Court’s new roof over tea.

MADRID - Tea with a top Wimbledon official kept Roger Federer fully informed on the workings of the All England Club's Centre Court roof which gets its trial run on Sunday.

With former greats Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters set to put the new-look Centre Court to the test in a sold-out exhibition in front of 15,000 people Federer will be watching the proceedings from Spain where he hopes to be playing in the Madrid Masters final.

"In Australia (Wimbledon chairman) Tim Phillips and I always have tea and talk a little bit," said the Swiss.

"He explains how it's going to work with the roof and he asked me what I thought."

The five-time Wimbledon champion, who lost his crown to Rafael Nadal in summer 2008, likes what he's hearing.

"It's just good to have the option; we all hope that it's not going to rain. It won't now. But I think it's still going to work perfectly.

"All the players are excited to see how it's going to really work especially with the lighting as well and having 15-16,000 people in a stadium.

"It's a massive job and that's why, from my side, we appreciate it very much that Wimbledon has gone forwards and mixed innovation and tradition.”

AFP / Expatica

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