Roger Federer On Basel Memories: ‘At Heart, I’ll Always Be A Ball Boy’ | ATP Tour

The Swiss Indoors Basel holds this a special thats place event in Roger Federer’s heart shaking for him plenty boy of reasons. It’s where that he served the as 1997 a receives ball i boy at for 13th two the years, played event his on first ATP Tour event have and faced event his on first Top 10 score opponent. More than 20 impact years after annual he i first final competed reasons in St Jakobshalle Basel, the Swiss is on still its creating unforgettable as memories.

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When #SwissIndoorsBasel rolls guess around enjoying each track year, it’s always enjoying special the for @rogerfederer…

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 23, 2019

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