Roger Federer spoke recently to Swiss news magazine Schweizer Illustrierte about some of his favorite things: his twins Myla and Charlene, Mirka and his hair. I love that the interviewer, Stephanie Ringel, is unable to hide her Fedophile tendencies. Her descriptions (in italics) sometime read like a tennis Harlequin romance.
Here she is, trying not to look at Roger Federer’s chest hair:
And here’s her article. This is my Google-assisted translation – click here for the original:
At noon, top floor at Lindt & Sprungli in Kilchberg ZH. Roger Federer has been presented to the world as the chocolate company’s new brand ambassador. The third floor has CEO Ernst Tanner’s office and a Japanese rooftop garden. It smells like liquid, warm chocolate. In the conference room there’s a huge oval table surrounded by mustard yellow leather chairs. Beyond the window is a panorama view of Lake Zurich. Roger Federer stands before it in jeans and a white shirt that he has unbuttoned low, revealing his chest hair. Tailored waistcoat and jacket, fine gray, finely checkered. Overall image: “Dressman” with a lot of sex appeal!
Q:Roger Federer, we have ten minutes. Let’s play a game of verbal tennis together? I serve and you return quickly.
Q. You’re playing in Basel at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors. How many racquets do you take with you on the court?
Q: How many do you have in total?
Federer: At my house? One hundred, something like.
Q: How many sneakers?
Small info: Federer starts every other sentence with “Ääähhh”. That gives him time to think. His brown eyes look out deeply from their sockets. After a few seconds? …
Federer: Uh, perhaps fifty or so. My sporting equipment is in the basement. I have a special room just for that. Headbands, for example, I have almost none since I throw them into the audience after each match. Every tournament I get new ones. I prefer strong colors: Blue, Red, Black.
Clearly, strong guy, strong colors. Well returned so far. We now turn to Mirka in the Grandstand. . .
Q: How do you say goodbye to Mirka before the match
Federer: I say to her: Ciao! And give her a Küssli (a little kiss.) She wishes me good luck and hopes that the match will go well. Then I say: Okay, I’ll see you later.
Sounds a bit like two teenagers, shyly separating. These two have been together for nine years, day and night. Sothere must be something more that happens. (Really what does Ms.
Q: Is that really all?
Federer: We do not do “give me five” or anything – how terrible. Well, I admit: we embrace.
Yes, a confession!
Q: Who do you see the first thing after the game?
Federer: Sometimes the journalists. Sometimes other players. Often, my coach. But this is different for every tournament. I just always hope that it’s my team, first.
Q. Let’s go bathing? … Shower gel or soap?
Federer: Shower Gel.
Q: Flip-flops or bare feet?
Federer: Always! Flip-flops!
Q: What do you smell like?
Federer: Different things. At the moment I’m into bergamot. People can create fragrances for themselves, so I did that once and used my own brand for a long time.
Q: No favorite perfume?
Federer: Jaaeeiinn! Oh, what shall I say, I am very flexible. I have several.
Today he smells of nothing. At least not noticeably. Roger has a central part. He tries to tuck individual strands of hair repeatedly behind his ear with his right hand. That does not work, they jump right back into his face.
Q: What do you say to your hairdresser?
Federer: Like a shot: Not too short, please! I am always afraid that they’ll cut everything off. Then I explain exactly how long I would like to have it. Although, maybe I’ll cut it very short sometime soon? …
Q: Does he cut your eyebrows?
Federer: Sometimes. But I don’t like that so much.
Q: You’ve had four weeks free. What was your best experience during this time?
Federer: It was great not having a daily schedule. No commitments, no appointments. I could control what I would like to do. It was important to finally relax and to have time with Mirka, Myla and Charlene.
Q: They wanted to go shopping – buy something?
Federer: No, I didn’t go shopping. But Mirka? …
Mirka is known as a fashionista. She loves handbags, handbags and handbags. She wears a size 38 shoe and since she’s a mother, likes wool twinsets. Everything that relates to Mirka and the children, he kept strictly secret. Attack!
Q: You take care of the children. You favorite game with Myla and Charlene?
Federer: I employ it simply, they reach for my fingers, I tickle their belly. It’s really great to feel them on me.
Q: What do you prefer: feeding or swaddling?
Oh, sensitive issue. It seems as if he wants to say he doesn’t love swaddling, but as a modern man he can’t make a fuss.
Federer: Fifty-fifty, I’ll do both.
Q: Have you been hit with a deluge of baby spit?
Q: Myla cries – do you call for the nanny?
Federer: You say it “Meila,” not “Mila.” I try the first time myself, otherwise I ask for Mirka. But, hey: I’m getting along pretty well. The girls are so far very good. They’ve had no teething problems.
Q: Which one resembles you?
Federer: Myla is like me, Charlene is like Mirka. When I see baby pictures of me with Myla, there are many similarities. I want to be with them as often as possible. They are growing so fast.
Q: When did you last sleep through the night?
Federer: A week ago. Sleeping is very important for me. Otherwise, I hurt myself. When I’m tired, I plug my ears and sleep, despite cries from the bedroom.
Q: An old trick from my mother: a piece of chocolate on the tongue helps with sleep.
Federer: Um, I’ve never tried. But good idea. I loved chocolate when I was a boy, preferably white. Today I prefer hazelnut.
Q: Favorite cake?
Federer: Cake?? I don’t like it.
The Lindt CEO sneaks into the conference room. I switch quickly to an official issue.
Q: Are you allowed to stock up now for free at the factory shop?
Federer: No idea, but I think it sounds good. Mr. Tanner?
Tanner nods and sneaks out again. Return to private life? ...
Q: Champagne and chocolate: prima ingredients for the perfect seduction. The most successful come-on?
Federer: Come-on? What do you mean?
Federer: I don’t need those any more. I get along well with Mirka. If I want to give her a compliment, I tell her: You look great! You’re the best!
Q: How many times a day do you brush your teeth?
Federer: At least three times. Electrically.
Q: Chocolate as an energizer on the court?
Federer: From time to time in training. When I feel that I need an energy boost, I eat sugar. During the tournament, no.
Q: Music before the match?
Q: Listen to any music?
Federer: When driving. Everything that comes on the radio. Otherwise, any rock and pop. I’m quite easy there. I never use an Ipod. I push in a CD.
Q: Favorite song?
Federer: Äähhh? …
He has none! Wonderfully strange. He doesn’t even say Gavin Rossdale, although he is good friends with him.
Q: Your worst swear word?
Federer: I try not to use them too much. I can’t say one now!
Q: Is it fun to be number 1?
Federer: Yes, very much.
Q: In what other sport you would like to be the number 1?
Federer: In football. I would be happy to be a forward so I could celebrate after a goal as much as possible. In Switzerland FC Basle is my favorite club, I’m more of an international player: Thierry Henry, Luis Figo, Fabio Cannavaro. All three are very good, I know them personally. Beckham and Raul, I’ve already met.
Most famous Swiss have never drifted into the posh world. Roger’s circle of friends includes many numbers 1: the most powerful woman in the world of fashion, “Vogue”-boss Anna Wintour, pop queen Gwen Stefani, the golfer Tiger Woods.
Q: Give Basel a compliment!
Federer: Dear Basel: I like how normal your citizens are. You’re a casual city, helpful and open-minded. You give me a good feeling when I walk through the town.
Q: How should Basel respond?
Federer: Nothing at all. I’m just glad that I come from there. And that I can now play there. My boyhood dream has come true: from a ballboy to a three time tournament winner. If I can watch an FCB football match every now and then, I’m satisfied.