Originally Posted by Q. Now that you made the experience of playing in South America, can you explain the enthusiasm you felt there? Wouldn't it make sense to have a bigger tournament there that players like you could play every year there?
ROGER FEDERER: Look, this was obviously very unique because there was a big focus and emphasis on me showing up because they've never maybe seen me play live over there. So the excitement level was sky high, you know.
I was deeply impressed by the atmosphere, by the love for the game, for the appreciation they showed for me showing up. They made it one of the most fascinating trips of my life to South America.
So, of course, I'd hope to go there more often in the future. Obviously, this sport has gone extremely global in the last few years, or many years now, the ATP decided way back when. It looks like it's only going to happen more often. The more global it goes, the more grueling it becomes. Asia having the Masters 1000 there, having the Masters Cup back then, it spreads the world of the tour for us.
I think it will be ready. At least I think it's nice to see the top guys and top women going there for exhibition matches. That's also a way to showcase tennis and our talents down there. It seemed they were very happy.
Who knows, maybe exhibition tours like this are going to happen more often in the future if there's not going to be a tournament there.
Who knows, maybe they'll get the World Tour Finals eventually. It's not easy to get a Masters 1000, it's not easy to snatch up those sanctions. Time will tell. The next five years are obviously key for South America with the World Cup, the Olympics, and the good players South America has such as Del Potro and other players. I think it's a good time for South American tennis.
Q. Would you recommend to stage a Masters 1000 in South America?
ROGER FEDERER: It needs to make sense. Don't forget, if you add one, you almost have to take another one away. Who deserves to have one taken away from them?
It needs to be thought through thoroughly or you just add one. Then again, maybe other places also deserve one. I don't think it's right now on the agenda. [B
I think South America are happy the way things are right now[/B], they would like some minor improvements. That's all they care about. They just got Bogota, as well, which I think is a good thing. But we'll discuss more about those kind of things in the future, I'm sure. It's going to be interesting.
No we are not, we want a MS.