“Dancing on Clouds”: Listen to the tunes of Roger Federer’s feet on Clay at French Open 2021

Published 06/02/2021, 8:04 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


It’s generally said of Roger Federer that when his feet are going well, his tennis is not far short of divine.

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Watching him move into his shots with languid grace and poise over the years, Federer fans have wondered what it would take to be able to throw their heads back, close their eyes and listen to the rustle of red dust under his feet.

Aptly surmising his the champion’s footwork as “Dancing on clouds and floating above the sand,” Tennis Channel has dropped a clip on its official Twitter page which stays on his feet and picks up the unadulterated sound as they move on the clay at Roland-Garros.

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A viral clip has picked up the sound of Roger Federer’s feet on clay

The clip, which appears to be from Federer’s opening-round win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, is music for the ears as the soft rustling sound of his feet on clay fills one’s senses.

And yes, as the post says, “…you’ll want headphones for this.”

The footage follows Federer’s feet as they leap into a serve and move back and forth close to the baseline before cutting across to the net like Swiss knife through butter for the putaway shot.

And, all through the clip, the only sounds are of the rustle of feet on red soil and the ball as it goes off the handle and moves back and forth.

The sounds grow on your senses and make you want to plug your headphones on and listen over and over again.

Federer will play Marin Cilic in the second round on Thursday

Coming into Roland-Garros with just two wins from three matches, the latest of which ended in defeat to veteran Spaniard Pablo Andujar at the Geneva Open, Federer wasn’t expected to rattle too many cages in the French capital.

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However, the 39-year-old dished out near-flawless tennis in his tournament opener to outclass Istomin in straight sets.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

An early break in the opening set, as the Uzbek struggled with double faults, helped settle Federer‘s nerves and there was no looking back from there as the Swiss produced vintage tennis to generous applause from the crowd.

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Federer will play former Grand Slam champion Marin Cilic for a place in the third round on Thursday.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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