I don't want you all getting brainwashed with all the pleasant articles mirkaland posts about Federer the gentleman, I thought it's nice to have the other side of the coin
Source : http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports...didnt_imp.html
"I must admit that I was sorely disappointed and a little concerned. First, Roger upon coming out of the locker room was approached (and I do not mean swarmed or overwhelmed) by fans, many of them kids holding out their giant yellow tennis balls seeking a quick Roger Federer squiggled autograph. Roger with his overdone security entourage in tow did not issue one signature and continued walking on.
"Okay, maybe he was rushing after having spent most of the day watching his NBF (New Best Friend) Tiger practice for the Doral and was concerned about the threatening rainstorm in Miami and not having much time to hit. Whatever! As the hoard of fans Pied Piper style followed him to his designated side court to witness with great anticipation some Federer magic we were again disappointed.
"No idea who was on the court with him – some young unknown player (who looked to be no more than 18) and some others who merely served as ball boys. So after watching a painfully unimpressive 30-minute practice session where, if someone who knew nothing about tennis and Federer, would put these two players on the same level (five shanks off the frame from the Great One) he sat down and prepared to leave the court.
"I thought to myself, 'Let’s see how he handles his exit,' where once again adoring fans eagerly awaited that precious RF signature and once again he and his entourage walked by acknowledging no one, signing not one autograph.
"Standing nearby was the Mystery Practice Partner (a very approachable guy) so I went up to him and asked, “Who are you? Do you know Federer? Are you a pro? Have you hit with him before?” The kid awkwardly answered that this was the first time he had hit with Federer, did not know him and he is a junior tennis player. I laughed and asked “is Federer really a nice guy?” to which the Mystery Partner said gushingly, “Oh yes.” I said, jokingly, “Well good, because it looked like you kicked his (derriere) in that practice session.
"What is up with Federer? After his ridiculous loss to Canas in Indian Wells I think he needs to take stock and perhaps take a bite of humble pie. It's OK not to win every tournament, but to crash out in the second round of Masters tournament where you are defending champ? Hmmmm. I recall an interview on the Tennis Channel where Roger was asked what is the most important lesson you have learned in life to which he responded, 'It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.'
”And that includes taking two minutes to sign an autograph or two. ‘Nuf said. Roger, I will send you a dozen Sharpies if that would help.
"Please do not use my name, but I thought perhaps this was worth sharing and, by the way, I am one of the biggest Federer fans on earth. But I'm also a keen observer of people and know that no one walks on water. For better or worse, in sports as in life, public image is everything!"