Thursday Morning Man: Roger Federer!
Today, this greatest of tennis champions turns 38.
It’s hard to believe, but even at this “advanced age” for a tennis pro, Roger Federer remains near the top of the sport. He’s ranked third in the world, won three tournaments this season, and this summer made it to the Wimbledon final and the semifinals of the French Open.
He has literally been ranked in the top three almost continuously since winning his first Wimbledon title back in 2003. Three weeks ago, he was within one point of winning Wimbledon for a ninth time. His eventual loss to Novak Djokovic in the longest final in tournament history is something his fans are still grappling with.
But I never had more respect for Fed than I did after the match for how he handled himself during the trophy presentation and the press conference. He was poised, made no excuses, and acknowledged it would hurt like hell. But you knew he would be all right and that he would be back.