“Locked in Closet”: Girl Reveals What Roger Federer Promised After Playing Roof-Top Tennis With Her

Published 04/18/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory following his Men’s Singles third round match against Lucas Pouille of France during Day six of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


The coronavirus pandemic has surely had an adverse effect on all sports including tennis. Players and fans were both in shock as they could no longer enjoy the sport completely due to many lockdown restrictions last year. However, two Italian girls found out a unique way to enjoy the sport and even managed to impress Roger Federer with their brilliant idea.

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Two young Italian girls, Vittoria Oliveri and Carola Pessina, started playing roof-top tennis on April 18, 2020. Their video went viral, and fans loved their innovative idea of playing tennis. Interestingly, 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer too watched their video and even visited their house on July 10, 2020.

Today marks the one year when they made their video. In a recent interview, both Vittoria and Carola talked about their future ambitions. While the elder one, Vittoria, is in high school now, Carola recently moved to her middle school. Interestingly, they both don’t want to be tennis players in the future.

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“I know I’m not good enough to become a sports professional,” said Vittoria who dreams of becoming a pharmacist in the future. (Translated by Google Translate)

In the same interview, Carola revealed that she still has all those gifts locked inside a closet that Federer gave to her.

“I still find it hard to believe it happened. Federer’s gifts are locked in the closet: racket, shirt, and cuffs. Woe to those who touch them,” mentioned Carola.

Young Carola also disclosed a promise that Roger Federer made to her

Carola talked about an interesting promise that Federer made to her during his visit. According to her, the Swiss maestro promised her that he would come back after five years to check her progress in English.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts with tears as he watches a surprise video from a former Argentine football player and coach Diego Maradona. An exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

“In five years he will come to dinner at my father’s pizzeria, here in Finale, to check my progress with English,” added Carola.

Fans really took to the video of the two girls playing roof-top tennis, and it hit about six million views. As a result, Laureus has nominated their video of playing roof-top tennis with Roger Federer in the list of the best sporting moments of the year.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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