Last dance, Andy
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Re: Davis Cup World Group Play-Offs
More crap from, where else?, Tennis-x:
Federer Unpopular for Swiss Davis Cup?
From Reuters on Swiss fans possibly tiring of Roger Federer's duck-in duck-out approach to playing Davis Cup: "After wowing a sell-out New York crowd to win his third U.S. Open title nine days ago, Roger Federer faces the prospect of empty seats when he leads Switzerland in a Davis Cup relegation battle against Serbia on home soil this weekend. Many regard the world number one and nine-times grand slam champion as the world's greatest sportsman, but Swiss fans are not exactly clamouring for tickets for the tie to be held in an arena on the edge of Geneva airport. With just three days to go until the start of the tie organisers say one third of the 5,780 tickets are unsold....
Several reasons have been put forward in the Swiss media for the lack of interest in this weekend's tie, including the low-profile opposition and earlier doubts as to whether Federer would actually play...His third successive Wimbledon triumph last year was seen by just 321,000 television viewers in Switzerland -- making it only the 89th most-watched sporting event of 2005. Even his first Wimbledon victory in 2003, watched by 545,000, was only the 27th biggest televised sporting event of the year. Federer, however, says he has no problem with the Swiss public, but urged people to come to the tie in Geneva. "I don't think it's true that I'm unloved in Switzerland because everywhere I go here I have people telling me that their children or their parents are huge fans of mine and are happy to see me playing and doing well."
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