‘The Pink Shirt You Want?’- Roger Federer’s Gigantic Influence on Tennis Led to a Soccer-Like Tradition From Opponent in 2010

Published 12/18/2023, 8:40 PM EST

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Roger Federer, besides being known for his amazing skills, has also gained recognition for an elegance, that no other player possessed. While the tennis legend has now put an end to his professional career, fans recently took a moment to remember one of his respectable gestures for his friend and opponent Michael Llodra.

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The tennis community as well as the fans always admired Roger Federer’s presence on the tennis courts because of his kind behaviour. As the unforgettable memories of the Swiss tennis maestro keep circulating on social media, a video of him performing a soccer-like tradition with Llodra captivated the attention of fans.

A moment when Roger Federer exchanged shirts with Michael Llodra

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Roger Federer, along with his excellent feats, also marked moments that became unforgettable memories after he rested his racket for good. Reopening a remarkable chapter from the huge file of Federer’s memories, TennisTV recently shared a video of the Swiss tennis maestro giving his Pink T-shirt as a gesture of respect to his friend and opponent Michael Llodra.

 

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After the incident started to catch the attention of fans and media, Federer expressed his excitement over the unexpected happening as he mentioned, “He said he needed a shirt, you know, once when his kids are bigger.” It turned out Llodra had his eye on Federer’s pink shirt. Federer remembered the act of exchanging shirts on the tennis court, saying, “I was like, ‘the pink shirt you want?’ And he was like, ‘yeah, you have no choice, you gotta give me your shirt now.’ I was like, ‘alright, I’ll give you my shirt,’ and he gave me his, like in soccer, really. It was fun; he’s a good friend of mine.”

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This unexpected and light-hearted gesture added another event that portrayed Federer’s kindness, laying an example of sportsmanship and friendship moving hand in hand. While the incident reminded the world of Federer’s elegant behavior, it also highlighted his friendship with the French former tennis star.

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Federer’s strong friendship with Michael Llodra

The act of Roger Federer exchanging shirts with Michael Llodra became a historical moment not only because of the moment’s uniqueness but also because of the chemistry between the two tennis stars. Michael, who has been a good friend to the 42-year-old tennis legend, gave several verdicts that proved the depth of their friendship.

Opening up about the legendary tennis player in an interview, the Frenchman said, “I had the chance to face him (Roger Federer) several times. We are a year apart, I’ve known him since I was 12.”

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Adding to his prolonged friendship with Federer, he stated, “We grew up together.” As Llorda revealed the depth of his connection with the Swiss tennis maestro, Federer’s act of exchanging shirts with him on the tennis court seemed to be more justified. While the former tennis star is now focused on his personal life, his name still echoes in the world of tennis as fans take dives through events like these.

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Akshay Kapoor

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Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, I spent my early childhood days huddled together with my loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal. Such a unique experience forged a lifelong love for the sport in me. Before joining EssentiallySports, I honed my skills while working for a regional website, covering a variety of sports.
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