Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Thanasi Kokkinakis (L) of Australia celebrate in the Gentlemens Doubles Second Round match against Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Jurgen Melzer of Austria during day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2015 in London, England.
One Night with Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt - January 12, 2015 (all photos taken by me)
Yesterday I had the extraordinary pleasure of watching Roger Federer play live against his good friend Lleyton Hewitt. If I was given only one word to describe the night, I would put it down to: surreal. The emotions you go through while watching Federer play are not easy to forget, definitely not, but they are something you can have a hard time remembering, if that makes any shred of sense. What I think I mean is, they are emotions that you can only feel during the experience - they are unique to Federer, and afterwards you are just left overwhelmed. So even for me, after watching Federer play live 11 times on previous occasions, I went into yesterday’s match not exactly sure of what to expect. It wasn’t the different format, which made for extremely fast paced play, or anything like that. It was just that seeing Federer in person exceeded my every expectation yet again. To see his mannerisms up close and watch him work is nothing short of pure joy, every time.
So, thank you Roger Federer for an incredible night of tennis, dorkiness, and one of the greatest interview I have ever seen. You are such a light in so many people’s lives.