Roger Federer Shares “A Funny Encounter” in the Woods of Switzerland While Grilling a Potato

Published 03/30/2021, 11:26 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Despite being a global icon, Roger Federer takes solace in minuscule things. And although he might have a place in many cities abroad, Switzerland is the only place he calls home. Recently, to our delight, the tennis maestro shared a comical story from the woods of Switzerland.

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While the Basel-born star likes to call it ‘a funny encounter,’ the incident checks more than only one merit. To put it another way, imagine meeting Roger Federer in the woods grilling potatoes. Indeed, it is a fascinating experience in a unique way.

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Roger Federer shares a funny ‘potato’ story

The 103 ATP winner described Switzerland as a quiet, sparsely populated country. But in this case, Federer was out in the woods with people close to him for a light-hearted evening.

“The nice thing here in Switzerland is that there are seldom large groups on the go. This time it turned out to be a funny situation,” the 20 majors’ champion said. (All texts have been translated from German to English via Google Translate).

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Roger Federer of Switzerland is interviewed by Jim Courier after winning his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Out of nowhere, a stranger crashed the small party and turned everything quite intense. “A gentleman came by and made a joke. ‘Don’t fry!’ he said. ‘You mustn’t make a fire here!’

“And I am like, ‘No joke now?’ I knew there was a fire ban in the summer, but I didn’t know that it currently applies where we were that day,” Federer shared.

However, what came next brought everyone to chuckle. Federer continued, “Then he said, ‘Oh, sorry, I was trying to make a joke. I thought you were someone else.”

By no means would anyone have expected the tennis maestro to be out there in the woods. But it remains a fond memory with Federer.

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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the men’s singles final match against Andy Roddick of the USA on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Roger Federer is still passionate about lifting the Wimbledon for a record-extending 9th time. For that, he is investing more time in training than tournaments to be ready in time.

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Considering his two matches in Doha, nobody could believe that Federer had not played tennis in 13 months. However, there are numerous improvements to be made, majorly on match fatigue, before the grass season begins.

Will the 39-year-old Swiss professional win his 9th Wimbledon title?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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