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07-27-2012 08:01 PM
Litotes
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

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Agree with this although Christian Ruud was of a decent standard in the 90s. I believe he reached the final in Båstad one time and pushed my then favourite Becker hard in 92 Olympics!

I suppose one could also count Molla Mallory (born Bjurstedt) who emigrated to the US but participated in the 1912 Olympics for Norway. She later won a bucketload of US Championship titles (equivalent to the US Open now)
I remember Ruud well. His pushing Becker was of course impressive, but it was on clay...his best surface and Becker's worst. I too rooted for Becker at the time and remember than he won the Doubles together with Stich. Ruud maxed out at 39 in the rankings and never won a final. He beat Ivanisevic for his best career win. I wonder how many players has Ivanisevic as best career win? Must be a few.

Molla Bjurstedt Mallory was of course a great player, but not one who has contributed to Norwegian tennis interest in recent decades, I fear. A little too long ago. But at least we have a slam winner
07-27-2012 02:03 PM
kenneth79
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

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Roger is well known in Norway. Our own tennis players have never amounted to much, unfortunately, but we still follow the sport. The Wimby final was shown live on national TV (not commercial). He is regularly in the sport section of the newspapers, and a Federer win is always bigger news than any other result.
Agree with this although Christian Ruud was of a decent standard in the 90s. I believe he reached the final in Båstad one time and pushed my then favourite Becker hard in 92 Olympics!

I suppose one could also count Molla Mallory (born Bjurstedt) who emigrated to the US but participated in the 1912 Olympics for Norway. She later won a bucketload of US Championship titles (equivalent to the US Open now)
07-27-2012 12:41 PM
SUKTUEN
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

07-27-2012 12:39 PM
duong
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

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Well, during RG France 2 journos should stop saying year after year "well, you speak French so well surely you must have some French roots, no?" or "his doctor used to be French so that makes him a bit ours"
I had never heard that on French TV neither read that on French papers,
I only read recently that Fed had been asked that question in an interview how far of the French border he was born.

I mean surely if you only look for that, you can find it somewhere as you can find many things in the tuns of papers written about Fed, but it's nothing major

EDIT : I realized you were speaking of the TV news on France 2 TV and I don't watch that program, now I know I think it's because it's news not speficically for the tennisfans, they have to add some proximity
07-27-2012 12:24 PM
bokehlicious
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

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I often read Swiss people thinking French people like Federer because they consider he's French : it's sincerely silly, Fed is just loved for himself as he's loved everywhere in the world, with something more in France for several reasons which include his interviews in French for sure.
Well, during RG France 2 journos should stop saying year after year "well, you speak French so well surely you must have some French roots, no?" or "his doctor used to be French so that makes him a bit ours"
07-27-2012 12:14 PM
samanosuke
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

At Croatian newspaper on few pages of Olympics intro, there is Fed picture and text next to it " Federer - A man greater than games itself "
07-27-2012 11:19 AM
Litotes
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

Roger is well known in Norway. Our own tennis players have never amounted to much, unfortunately, but we still follow the sport. The Wimby final was shown live on national TV (not commercial). He is regularly in the sport section of the newspapers, and a Federer win is always bigger news than any other result.
07-27-2012 10:09 AM
duong
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

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Originally Posted by SUKTUEN View Post
How worse is Roger's French?
His French language is very good with a few funny words sometimes

I often read Swiss people thinking French people like Federer because they consider he's French : it's sincerely silly, Fed is just loved for himself as he's loved everywhere in the world, with something more in France for several reasons which include his interviews in French for sure.

Tignor recently said something which is very true : if he was French, he would be booed sometimes

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Originally Posted by Tignor
The crowd inside Court Suzanne Lenglen isn’t cheering for a countryman. It’s cheering for an idol, a man referred to by at least one Parisian this week as “Jesus.” If anything, this makes the fans more obsessive and intense. A French player is a family member, someone you love and occasionally hate, someone you’ll support and defend at most times, but who you can also scold and jeer if they let you down. Federer isn’t family; nor is he like a favorite local French sports team. He’s something more here, something more distanced and inarguable. He's the Truth.
In a way from what I read in French-speaking Swiss forums, Fed has many critics in the French speaking part of Switzerland that he would receive in France if he was French.

PS : Forget loves Federer's game or rather he loves that it's related to the real tennis he loves, the one from the players he met in the 90s. But apart from that, he's rather critical of Federer, esp. Fed's personality, partly to compensate but not only. Quite similar to Wilander's case.
07-27-2012 05:08 AM
Fed_Ds
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

I'd say pretty popular for not being American! My coach loves him and everyone at the tennis center always asks me where I got my RF hat.
His practice sessions at Cincy were packed. Also, I went the the USA vs. Spain Davis Cup QFs last year for all three days and I saw a ton of people wearing RF hats.!
Naturally they're not gonna root for Roger if he's playing against Roddick, but I'll never forget the way the crowd really pulled for Roger @ the US Open 2008. Especially during the Andreev match. And they played 'Still the one' after all his matches, except after he won they played the Darth Vader theme. Also, Roger said on the morning shows "I'm starting to feel a bit like a New Yorker now."

07-27-2012 02:36 AM
tripwires
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

Most people that I've talked to who don't watch/follow tennis at least have heard of Federer, and sometimes watch big matches like the Wimbledon final because he's playing.
07-26-2012 10:24 PM
Eden
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

I think we could add a few new answers to this thread after nearly 5 years
10-10-2007 08:44 PM
betty.k
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

Tennis traditionally is a favourite sport here, in the Czech Rep., in a lot of the movies from the 50's the thing for the characters to do in their free time was to play doubles. Lendl, Novotna, Navratilova, Korda and all these helped keep the attention over the years and the fact that the Czech Davis Cup team never dropped out of the elite group shows that the standard maintained its level. We seem to have pretty good players in every generation, now it's Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. But even so, the sports that rule here are football and hockey.
To the point, people who are at least a bit interested in sports (not just tennis), know who RF is. I was really surprised today during my English lesson, where we learn about syntax, morphology and various linguistic aspects, that tennis got mentioned! My teacher needed to give an example of a newspaper article title and after a while came up with: Federer - Stepanek 40 Love. Wow!
10-10-2007 06:04 PM
SUKTUEN
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

How worse is Roger's French?
10-10-2007 05:25 PM
elessar
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

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I love how Forget is rooting badly for Roger to win the French even though he was not kind with Roger regarding his DC commitment, he truly loves Roger
He's not even discreet about it he's said it times and times again that he would love to see him win RG because he's got such a beautiful game compared to Nadal (his words not mine) but DC is a soft spot for Forget even though I think everyone overreacts a little to Roger's commitment to DC, but it's nice to live in a very Roger friendly country
10-10-2007 12:50 AM
bokehlicious
Re: How well known is Roger in your country? (f.k.a: A question to the Americans here

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...commentators worship him you should hear Forget commentating one of his matchs : he's one of the biggest Fedtards ever...:
I love how Forget is rooting badly for Roger to win the French even though he was not kind with Roger regarding his DC commitment, he truly loves Roger
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