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16-Year-Old Russian Tennis Sensation’s Heart-Warming Gesture at French Open Proves That She Is a True Blue Roger Federer Fan Girl

Published 05/31/2023, 4:15 PM EDT

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Tennis’ new wonder kid and die-hard Roger Federer fan Mirra Andreeva is winning hearts with her sweet, humble and kind demeanor. Her graceful attitude on and off the court is being loved and appreciated by fans everywhere. The teenage sensation’s honest, compassionate, and genuine disposition, which is all the more evident from her interviews with the media and crowd interactions, reminds us a lot about her idol and favorite player – Roger Federer. She already seems to have imbibed the most-loved qualities of the Swiss legend.

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The 16-year-old Russian announced herself on the big stage with an impressive grand slam debut at the ongoing Roland Garros. After winning her first-round match, she was seen sharing a heartwarming moment with the fans, reminiscent of the beautiful relationship Roger Federer shared with his fans.

Andreeva’s kind gesture for fans after thumping first-round victory


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In her maiden grand slam main draw appearance, Mirra Andreeva made quick work of American Alison Riske-Amritraj in an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory. A number of fans were seen rooting for the teenager during the match. After her statement victory, Andreeva went amidst the crowd to pose for pictures and sign autographs for the fans. After a while, she took out an item from her playing kitbag and gifted it to one of the fans as a souvenir before resuming her photo and autograph signing session. This gesture made the spectator visibly very happy.

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Roger Federer would have been very proud of the camaraderie the young Russian already shares with the fans. Andreeva has made her overwhelming enthusiasm for Federer known to the world. “When I was a kid watching the TV, I remember Rafa against Federer. I was cheering for Roger. I watched every Grand Slam, all the time growing up. This is a dream to be here. I played juniors last year, this is just amazing”, she said after securing her position in the main draw of French Open 2023.


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This brings back memories of Roger Federer from Wimbledon 2018


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Roger Federer fan girl Mirra Andreeva’s sweet gesture for the fans brought back memories of the Swiss maestro himself from Wimbledon 2018. After defeating Dusan Lajovic in his first-round on Centre Court, Federer was busy giving away autographs to the fans when he spotted a young girl holding up a placard with the saying, “Can I have your headband pleeease!!”. He quickly searched for his bandana in his kitbag and gifted it to the overjoyed little kid, making her day memorable forever.


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It is exactly this nature of the great champion that made him connect with the fans on such a monumental level. And now, with future superstar Mirra Andreeva already making a mark on the circuit, she is certainly following in the right footsteps as left behind by the 20-time grand slam champion.

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Written by:

Prithviraj Roy


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Prithviraj Roy is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. With an academic background in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), he has more than 2 years of experience as a Content Writer. Prithviraj has been a die-hard fan of the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal since his childhood years.
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Tony Thomas