So Roger Federer’s season is over. Thank God the off season is short. Fed will return to the court on New Year’s Day, playing either Robin Soderling or Stan Wawrinka in the Abu Dhabi exhibition. He’ll play an ATP 250 in Doha the following week before the Australian Open begins on on January 19. (Click here for Roger Federer’s 2010 schedule)
In the meantime, Federer will be spending the bulk of his holiday and training time in Dubai, as he recently told the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung (my google-assisted translation):
“We will not spend much time in Switzerland these next weeks. We fly to Dubai and have holidays there for the time being. Then the preparation season follows: Conditioning training with Pierre (Paganini) and tennis training with Severin (Lüthi).”
“Hopefully I can again take a step forward in December and improve myself further. This is of course the goal of preparation: to eliminate the problems I had at the end season, so that I can better play next season.”
Folks in the know at RF.com report that Fed had a quick layover in Prague this week, where he was shooting a spot for Gillette.
Which brings us to the bone-chilling Gillette Curse. With both Thierry and Tiger recently caught cheating (click here for the latest from Tiger) will Roger soon be nicked by something more damaging than a safety razor?
The Times offers Fed this advice (thanks, Laura!):
Federer remains, thus far, relatively undamaged (by the “Curse of the Gillette Three”). But if the Swiss tennis legend is in any way a superstitious sort, imagine how often he will be looking over his shoulder at the moment.
Specifically, imagine how often he will be looking over his shoulder for his wife rushing up to his car with a tennis racket. If I were him, I would grow a beard. A thick, long beard. And I would start growing it now.
Hmm. Given what we know about Roger’s personal life, I’d wager the biggest scandal to come out of Club Fed this winter will involve Roger cheating at Bejeweled. (Though I don’t doubt Mirka’s ability to free Roger from a car wreck using only her bare hands and a KSix-One!)
Even though he’s in seclusion, you can still indulge your Fed Fanaticism by voting for Roger to be the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Year (click here.) Roger lost Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” award to the Yankees’ Derek Jeter, but you can read about Fed’s nomination here (at least Fedophiles get some props!) And yes, there is also something called “The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.” Stay safe, Rog!