Roger Federer’s Tennis Racket Was a Weapon

See Roger Federer share tears and laughter with CNN’s Anderson Cooper during interview in New York on Tuesday.

Roger Federer didn’t do his job as a sports announcer, at least not as it has come to be defined in mainstream America.

That was clear in the early days of his stint last spring as an interview partner on Anderson Cooper. He was often too soft and too open, and always too eager to please. He was an easy mark.

He was always a “yes man. “

And as many a critic has pointed out, he was never willing to be honest about the shortcomings of his chosen instrument, the tennis racket. His voice, a manly baritone, was always too high, too nasal, and too prone to the squeak. The result is that Roger Federer’s public pronouncements about the sport of tennis had a whiff of the “I dare you to say the wrong thing” camp.

“To me (the racket) is a weapon and it is a weaponized weapon, so to speak, with a lot of power and a lot of aggression,” Federer told CNN’s Anderson Cooper while sitting on a sofa in the New York City office of his agent, Stefan Johansson. “It’s not in any way a gentle instrument, in general. It’s a weapon,” he said, laughing.

He explained his choice of instrument by arguing that the racket, unlike the tennis ball, was “a very dangerous object. It’s very hard and very fast. You try to hit that with a tennis ball, and sometimes you can, but not always. So to me, it’s a very dangerous weapon, and I like to have that weapon in me, and therefore I think I am a good tennis player.”

“I don’t think that it is the most effective instrument, though it is very dangerous and I like to have that weapon in me. It’s like a knife, always in the back, always there. That’s why I enjoy it. A good knife is always in the back, always in the back.”

Then a little later, he told Cooper: “I think I have a good instrument for hitting the ball. It’s a long point, it is long and fast,

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