VIDEO: Loyal Fan Performs a Ridiculous Celebration in Tribute to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup 2022

Published 09/24/2022, 9:15 AM EDT
Tennis – Laver Cup – 02 Arena, London, Britain – September 24, 2022 Team Europe’s Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer during their doubles match against Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

The day had arrived. A tearful Roger Federer bid adieu to tennis after playing the final match of his career. He played his last match alongside his rival-friend Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup.

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Federer, arguably one of the greatest champions in tennis history, retired after losing to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe pair of the Team World in a late-night London tie-break. The Team World eventually triumphed, with a score of 4-6, 7-6 (11-9). And on a lighter note, a fan was seen taking his shirt off at the other end and going crazy during the first set break.

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Fan celebrated by taking his shirt off during the final match of Roger Federer

During the first set break, Team Europe was leading with a score of 4-3. Both Nadal and Federer were seen sitting and relaxing post the set break. Right at that moment, there was this fan who went crazy and took his shirt off. Almost 10 shirts were being peeled off, with one RF white shirt remaining at the end.

 

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Hey, you know this guy? This guy’s from the US Open,‘ said Federer with a smile to his teammates. Nadal, in return, recognized that fan by referring to him as the man who always ‘taking the shirts [off].

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Talking about the crazy fan, he was initially wearing a shirt with gold buttons, took it off, twirled it above his head, and then tossed it into the crowd. A commentator was claiming that the man had flown in from the US, particularly for the event. Federer and Nadal appeared to enjoy what was happening as much as the enthusiastic crowd who were seen clapping and dancing.

Another unusual event that took place on the same day

During the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman on the opening day of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London, a protester entered the court and lit his arm on fire.

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He entered the court after Tsitsipas had won the first set, wearing a shirt that read, “End UK Private Jets,” in all capital letters. He poured a liquid onto his right arm and lit it on fire while seated comfortably inside the service box.

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It came out of nowhere. I have no idea what it’s all about. I never had an incident like this happen on-court, so I hope he’s all right,” said Tsitsipas. Stefanos Tsitsipas eventually went on to defeat Schwartzman with a score that read 6-2, 6-1.

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Sampreet Shetty

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Sampreet Shetty is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in engineering, he started his professional career as a content writer. Sampreet started following tennis after witnessing Andy Murray's exploits on the ATP tour during his heyday.

Edited By: Pritam Priyedarshi

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