This week I received an email from a fellow Federer fan who I've chatted to briefly via email over the years.
In a way, it was a short fan story and at her request, I am posting it here so you guys can read it too.
Maybe you remember, I am a fan from Holland, for Federer, and also a fan of your website.
I had a car accident on May 24, 2018, and landed upside down in a ditch amidst two airbags and hanging in the safety-belt. The car was a good one, so I lived and had only some bruises. The cause was “unknown” which meant I lost my drivers licence. And that meant that one day I was an active 81-year-old, who loved to play tennis and drive all over the country (Holland), and the next day I was an old woman who could do hardly anything without help as my house is a long way from a shop.
I hated my immobility and got depressed. I got a subscription for TennisTV.com, in order to see what my idol, Roger Federer, was doing. And, luckily, we had tickets for the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in 2019. My friend drove us there and we were there on Thursday through Sunday. You were there too, I read. You have described much better than I could how Federer performed.
But you cannot imagine what I experienced there: the atmosphere, the love of the stadium for our hero, his play, it all made it one unified happening of joy. It was impossible to stay depressed, and it lifted me up and showed me that there were still things to really enjoy and get enthusiastic for! It is now June 27 and I still feel pretty good, so it may last and help me up. I would like Roger to know this. To tell him that his strength and fighting ability can make another person stronger even in a completely different field.
Can you tell him that, or does he read your blog? Then please put this on your blog for me. Thank you, and I have admiration for your efficient comments and read everything always. Like, Holland
Hope you guys like this and it just shows the inspiration and encouragement that many people can find by watching a stranger called Roger Federer play tennis 🙂
I've also sent the story to someone who is in contact with Team RF, as contrary to popular belief I'm 99.99% certain he doesn't read my blog 😁. Hopefully, he will get wind of it as I'm sure both Roger and his family like to hear these things and they are one of the reasons he still plays. Hopp Suisse!