❤-★-❤ Hopp!man Cup 2017 -- Roger is back!!! ❤-★-❤ - MensTennisForums.com
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❤-★-❤ Hopp!man Cup 2017 -- Roger is back!!! ❤-★-❤

Roger has arrived in Perth!!!


along with the whole family


(and Feli Lopez lurking in the background. I guess he was on the same plane.)
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Re: ❤-★-❤ Hopp!man Cup 2017 -- Roger is back!!! ❤-★-❤

Here's a clip of Roger talking at the airport

https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney/stat...03192409886720

He is having an open practice session on the centre court there at 5 pm local time -- that's in 30 minutes! -- that's open to the public and free. Hopman Cup twitter account says it will be livestreamed on their facebook page.

https://twitter.com/hopmancup/status/814387986372562945

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Roger's arrival -- greeted with

https://twitter.com/hopmancup/status/814398528747245568

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Re: ❤-★-❤ Hopp!man Cup 2017 -- Roger is back!!! ❤-★-❤

Good to see him back on tour.
Is that Feliciano in the background?

p.s: Roger needs a haircut before he does anything else.

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Cool photos from the practice.




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Re: ❤-★-❤ Hopp!man Cup 2017 -- Roger is back!!! ❤-★-❤

Roger played some beach tennis today with Premier Colin Barnett at Cottesloe Beach:


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Glad that he's back ! (Too bad that the forum isn't )
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"More than 6000 people joined Roger Federer at the Perth Arena for his first practice session ahead of the 2017 Mastercard Hopman Cup."

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I love Roger, but even with him, having 6000 fans show up for a practice session required quite some promotional effort, on local TV and in the press.

Watch Roger Federer FREE practice session - Hopman Cup - 28 December, 2016 - News - Hopman Cup

WA tennis fans set to watch Roger Federer for free in Perth Arena practice session | Perth Now



And then they put the audience all in the seats of two sides of the stadium (the others being almost empty), to make it look full from one camera angle.

Great job by the Hopman Cup PR department
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I love Roger, but even with him, having 6000 fans show up for a practice session required quite some promotional effort, on local TV and in the press.

And then they put the audience all in the seats of two sides of the stadium (the others being almost empty), to make it look full from one camera angle.

Great job by the Hopman Cup PR department
He says he sold out three sessions that he has next week though so he opened this one so more could come and see.
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Re: ❤-★-❤ Hopp!man Cup 2017 -- Roger is back!!! ❤-★-❤

Amazing attendance for a practice session still. Federer is such a big draw. Can't wait to see him in action in 2 days. Playing Dan Evans first, someone he played in his last tournament of 2016 as well. I don't care about the result here, I just want to enjoy seeing him play once again
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I love Roger, but even with him, having 6000 fans show up for a practice session required quite some promotional effort, on local TV and in the press.

Watch Roger Federer FREE practice session - Hopman Cup - 28 December, 2016 - News - Hopman Cup

WA tennis fans set to watch Roger Federer for free in Perth Arena practice session | Perth Now

And then they put the audience all in the seats of two sides of the stadium (the others being almost empty), to make it look full from one camera angle.

Great job by the Hopman Cup PR department
Sorry, no. His actual matches sold out -- that's the thing that people actually paid money for. And of course they promoted the free practice session on local TV -- how else would people know about it if they don't publicize it?

There were plenty of photos of the "empty side" -- no one was going to be "fooled" by that. Pretty much all the fan photos on social media show the empty side (well of course they do... the fans are sitting opposite those seats so that's the background of their pics of Roger). In the 7 News Sydney interview in the tweet I posted earlier in the thread, Roger mentions "of course they have to pay security and all that...." in reference to his free practice session. I'm guessing using only half the stadium was a compromise with the tournament director regarding these costs. They'd have to use twice the amount of staff onsite -- security and other staff & volunteers -- for the full stadium.
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First opponent - UK and Daniel Evans (+ Heather Watson)

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Can't wait for some Roger action :-)
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