Roger Federer is celebrating his 29th birthday today in Toronto. He shared some cake with Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby at the Rexall Centre on the campus of York University as part of his tournament duties. Love the little tennis balls – I hope they’re crunchy!
PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Turenne / Tennis Canada
Roger wrote a birthday message to his fans, via his website:
It is a great feeling to be celebrating my birthday with my family here in Canada. I am excited to compete again these days after having spent several weeks preparing intensely for the second half of the 2010-season.
Thank you so much for all your kind messages and wonderful gifts that I have received these past days and continue to receive today. This really motivates me as I can see how much my passion for tennis also means to you. I would like to thank you all for your loyalty over all these years – let’s hope for many more to come!
All the best and see you soon,
Oh my goodness, it’s the last year of Roger’s twenties. Let’s hope he makes the most of it!
I was revisiting my “Great 28!” post from last year – it lists some of the many gifts Roger’s given to tennis fans – and was trying decide what I should add to make it 29. There’s so much to choose from! In his 28th year, Roger hit the best shot of his life at the US Open:
. . .added the sixteenth Major title of his career at the Australian Open:
. . . and saw his famous streak of consecutive Major semifinals come to an end at French Open:
His loss to Soderling in the quarters wasn’tthe happiest moment for fans, but it gave us all the opportunity to marvel at the 23 semis that came before it.
Roger’s given us so much to think about and admire since last August. But Roger’s message reminded me of something pretty major: without Federer, we wouldn’t have Federer fans! So big thanks goes out to Rog for giving us Rogerholics, Fedophiles, Fedfanatics and plain old Federer fans. Put on your RF party hats, everybody, and take that second slice of cake.