Dear youngest Federer,

By the time you are old enough to understand this, your father won’t be the player he once was. So this is for you, from those of us who were there,just to tell you who he was.He was a champion like tennis had never seen. He was like a page out of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue. He was so graceful-he made ballet dancers want to burn their shoes. He was fast, but not so you’d notice.He was powerful, but, like a Ferrari, not a forklift.They all came at him, and they all fell to him, major after major, year after year. Your father dominated his sport the way avalanches dominate trees. And yet he was so humble and decent that it became no shame to lose to him. In fact, it became a kind of honor. To lose to Roger Federer meant you were woven into the fabric of sports history.And what a history he wrote. You’ll read about it someday – it will shock you. But his finest moment might have been a sun-splashed Sunday at Wimbledon, when he passed the record held by Pete Sampras record for majors with 15. Some thought we might not ever see that day.Thought he’d be passed by younger, bulkier models. But they were wrong. Gods do not get passed.This August, you will come along and tennis will be less important,majors will become minor, trophies will become teething rings,and your father’s perfect life, will, somehow, get even better. [x]


David Lloyd: Andy Murray doesn’t give enough back to British tennis

August 05, 2012 - Andy Murray won the Men’s Singles Olympics Tennis Gold.

September 10, 2012 - Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open Men’s Singles Championships. 

July 07, 2013 - Andy Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Championships.

November 29, 2015 - Andy Murray fittingly clinched a first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title for Great Britain since 1936 as the world No. 2 beat David Goffin in straight sets to secure a 3-1 victory in the final against Belgium.

Murray impressively finished the year unbeaten in 11 Davis Cup rubbers as he produced his best on Sunday to beat world No. 16 Goffin 63 75 63 in two hours and 54 minutes before falling to the clay in pure emotion.