Roger Federer was snapped by the paparazzi (the real, Italian kind!) as he, Mirka and family jetted out of Genova, Italy on Monday. Hopefully the hard working Team Fed has scheduled some well-deserved R&R far from the reach of telephoto lenses. Federer won both of his live rubbers in Davis Cup this past weekend, helping keep the Swiss team in the elite World Group for another year.
There’s no doubt Roger enjoys the camaraderie of Davis Cup (click here for proof!) but he remains unwilling to commit unconditionally to the team competition. He says he is not sure if and when he can play next year:
“I truly enjoy playing for my country but I’ll also have to see where I have my priorities for next season. If I want to play Davis Cup all the time I might have to leave out some Masters 1000 tournaments. Like in the other years, I will see after the Australian Open how I feel and if I play the first round.” (via Swisster)
The 2010 World Group draw will be determined on Wednesday in a ceremony in Geneva. (click here for more)
Though Federer has faced some criticism over the years for unapologetically putting his personal goals before Team Suisse, it’s worth noting that he’s played more DC matches than anyone else in the Top 5. Of course, he’s also quite a bit older than Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but I think these numbers put Roger’s supposed lack of commitment in perspective:
Davis Cup career win/loss records (via Daviscup.com)
Now that Roger Federer has completed the career slam, it will be interesting to see if he makes Davis Cup glory one of his final career goals. Switzerland has only competed in the finals once, losing to Team USA in 1991.
Okay, Fed hounds, here are the rest of the zoom lens specials! I won’t tell anyone you looked!
(Photos via Celebrity-Gossip.net)