Quotable Quotes: FINALLY. They asked the questions we all wanted them to ask.

WTF, mass media?! Federer’s most famous BFF gets busted for having more ho’s than Santa Claus, and you forgot to … umm … ask him about it?

Geez Louise. 

Luckily, the folks at l’equipe did the dirty work in the end. 



…Roger Federer says he’s spoken to his friend Tiger Woods by phone and predicts the troubled golf great will be back soon ‘as the wonderful golfer we know.’

The record 15-time Grand Slam winner said in an interview published on Friday that Woods’ car accident in November and subsequent reports about his private life have been hard on the golfer and his family.

Federer told French sports daily L’Equipe that he had expressed his support, and said Woods’ troubles were ‘instructive.’

‘The tabloids are going crazy, sponsor contracts are falling apart … I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute,’ Federer was quoted as saying. ‘It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are.’

Woods hasn’t been seen in public since the accident, and other friends have said they have tried – unsuccessfully – to reach him.

‘Tiger needs calm. And soon he’ll become the wonderful golfer that we know again,’ Federer said.


Nice of him to back Tiger. 


25 responses to “Quotable Quotes: FINALLY. They asked the questions we all wanted them to ask.”

  1. flo says :

    In ignorance that the world has moved on from Tiger jokes for Leno & NBC jokes.

    Biggest surprise: Tiger is still using the phone.

    Not surprising, no Tiger-worries for Roger as he is careful as hell. Good boy.

  2. Aggie says :

    Ever so diplomatic, Roger, but really what does everyone expect him to say?
    Wonder what Mirka would have to say about this…

  3. girl from michigan says :

    “Tiger needs calm.”

    Wow. Roger, channeling Rafa-speak. To quote Mcdonald’s, “I’m lovin’ it.”

  4. Jack says :

    Kinda semi agree with Roger. Everyone knows that Tiger Woods is a great golfer but this scandal will never be forgotten

  5. Mia says :

    It says something that Roger got to speak with Tiger where even pals like MJ and Barkley were and still are unable to get to him. Could be Tiger’s just trying to surround himself with more positive energy right now. MJ and Barkley don’t fit that bill right now, having been part of many a Las Vegas adventure/s.

    Have to give it to Roger though for giving ever so diplomatic answers. And good to know that he remains ever so grounded. I heart you, Rog.

  6. whynotme says :

    OMG guys I’ve just bought L’Equipe this morning and it’s the best itw I’ve read in a long time! Long and very insightful. Plus he’s in the front page, it’s a pic of him training in Melbourne with his dorky smile 😀
    I can try to do a rough translation if you wish.

  7. robert says :

    “I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute”

    Apparently, it took way longer than a minute to collect that impressive array of long-term mistresses. It only took a minute to bust a false image.

    Actually, it is “instructive” how Federer here worries about image, and not about family, career etc.

    • Mia says :

      [Actually, it is “instructive” how Federer here worries about image, and not about family, career, etc.]

      The sense am getting from your comment – and do correct me if am wrong – is that Roger appears superficial, putting value on “image” rather than things more essential.

      And I beg to disagree, having read through various articles/accounts by different people on Roger as well as his own interviews/pressers, which altogether give us a clue into his internal wiring. To Roger, image is not a “construct” built on nothing nor is it independent of him — it is the totality of his game, how he comes across to people, his relationship/s, the whole package. With Roger, there is no distinction nor disconnect between Roger Federer the “image”and Roger Federer the player/son/husband/father/what-have-you. There is no “spin” as far as he is concerned; it’s what you see is what you get, essentially.

      • robert says :

        I don’t know what are his priorities in general. But judging by his reaction to this Tiger thing, is amazes me how he never even mentions the earthquake this must have done to family and career. He only speaks about embarassment of airing dirty laundry in public, of being all over tabloids, of losing sponsor contracts and image.

        • whynotme says :

          Complete quotes of the interview:

          Q: Have you spoken to Tiger Woods since his problems were revealed?
          RF: Yes, he is my friend and I told him I was there to support him. It’s really tough for him and his family to see their intimate problems flaunted everywhere.

          Q: Have you learned something from the magnitude of this story?
          This is instructive. The tabloids are going crazy, sponsor contracts are falling apart… I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are. Tiger needs calm. And soon he’ll become the wonderful golfer that we know again.

          So you can see that 1. When 1st asked about Tiger he right away speaks of how all this is awful for his family, and that 2. It’s because he was ASKED about how the media hyped it up that he spoke about tabloids and sponsors and all.

          Nice try robert, but see you next time

        • JFK says :

          Robert, he probably didn’t talk about the earthquake because the interview was conducted on Jan 5th (see why not me’s translation)

        • dootsiez says :

          LOL Robert,

          When I posted this, I would’ve bet $10 that you were going to say the exact same thing that you just said. You do take a particular interest in anything that might suggest Roger Federer is covering up his wild, Lenny Kravitz loving side, don’t cha?

          Great minds think like opposites. As one might say.

  8. FortuneCookie says :

    It surprised me a bit that he’s so clearly in support of Tiger,I didn’t think that that would be what his people would be wanting…
    I was thinking he’d go down a ‘politely distancing himself’ route,just because it doesn’t look so great for him as a fellow married father to be defending a major cheater!I dunno,I just don’t feel like Tiger deserves supportive phone calls,the dude knew what he was doing and got caught,zero sympathy,Elin is a bit more deserving of that Rog!*rant over*

    • FortuneCookie says :

      But the gossip in me is happy that this actually got asked about 😛 and would totally love to see this whole interview,L’Equipe don’t seem to have it on their website…

    • Ceeza says :

      I would agree that on first instinct the smart play would be to be quiet and distance yourself. Rogers brief track record suggests otherwise .. Ex. Thierry Henry world cup fiasco… I think although tiger may not deserve it Roger has proven to be a good friend ..and Mia I agree with your point Barkley publicly spoke out about tiger rather brashley.. I think Rogers measured reponse worked much better..and will anybody remember what Roger said when el Tigre finally does return ..

    • dootsiez says :

      Whether or not Tiger “deserved” a phone call depended on whether the Federer/Tiger friendship was genuine or a Nike marketing ploy.

      I mean, if it were a true friend of mine in the same situation, I probably would’ve called to make sure he was okay. It’s not so much about condoning what he had done but to be there when a friend needs support.

      So I think we got a bit of a glimpse into the nature of Tiger and Roger’s friendship there.

      • FortuneCookie says :

        Yeah,I thought about that after I wrote that post lol,it does at least show that they seem to be genuine friends,and tbh I’d always doubted that in spite of the ‘we text each other almost every day!’ comments!

  9. whynotme says :

    Okay I did the translation of the whole interview, so here you go, I hope there’s not too many mistakes because English is not my mothertongue:

    Tuesday January 5th, 21h30, Roger Federer is chatting on the backseat of the car that drives him back from the stadium to the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Doha. The interview has been suggested to him unexpectedly and he said : “No problem, just get in the car”. When this kind of things happen, you don’t ask the driver if he’s got his driving license; you just jump in the car. Here we go. Federer is beginning his 12th year on the tour. But this one is different: ‘It’s the 2nd half-time of my career’ he says. Grand Slam titles record? Done. Roland-Garros? Done. So what’s left?

    Q: For the first time since a long time, you start the season not having to answer those 2 questions: ‘Are you going to break Sampras’ record any time soon?’ and ‘Are you finally going to win Roland-Garros?’ Do you miss them?
    RF: (he laughs) Now I’m done with unpleasant questions! Frankly, it’s relaxing. A year ago, I was no2 in the world, I was about to lose the final in Melbourne and people were relentlessly questionning me.

    Q: Now that you’ve won at least once each of the Grand Slams, now that you hold the Grand Slams titles record, don’t you feel a sense of emptiness?
    RF: It’s the end of a period. Within one month last year, between RG and Wimbledon, I reached those 2 great goals. I think it changed my life, but I never felt ’empty’ afterwards. I’ve never woken up one morning asking myself: ‘What do I do now?’ We’re lucky because tennis is a very dense sport. There’s the rankings, Grand Slams, Masters 1000, head-to-heads… Sometimes I motivate myself jsut by thinking about the history I have with one player. [Murray at the end of last year? LOL]

    Q: You haven’t felt the need to think about what happens next, about your goals?
    RF: No. The desire to play comes naturally. What I often do is that I go back to the beginning: why did I chose tennis as a kid? why did I work so hard during all those years? what do I like so much when I play tennis? And the answers come easily. It’s simple: I don’t really think there is someone who loves tennis more than I do.

    Q: But don’t you feel like a burden has disappeared?
    RF: Yes and no. Personally I think the pressure is always there, and it’s a good thing. It’s a different pressure, but it has not disappeared. Anyway, if one day ther’s nobody to put pressure on me anymore, I’ll still be there to put it on myself. I don’t even remember having played a match without feeling any pressure.

    Q: You like challenges [they do not mean Hawk-Eye :P], so here are some. Tell us if you’re motivated by them.
    RF: OK, here we go.

    Q: You need 2 more Mesters 1000 to beat Agassi’s record of 17.
    RF: Mmmmmh. I’m not really excited by that. Masters 1000 have been existing only for 20 years, and I don’t know how many of them great players from the past could have won. So this record does not mean much.

    Q: Another challenge. If you stay world no1 after RG, you’ll beat Sampras’ all-time record of 286 weeks.
    RF: This, is an important record to me. When I beat Connors’ record (consecutive weeks as world no1) I already thought it was really great. Staying in the front that long when you know who is behind you, it’s not easy. By the way, my main goal this year is to finish the year no1 in the world. It has been so hard to get that ranking back.

    Q: So you want to stay no1. What else?
    RF: To win more tournaments. Last year, I won 4 of them. They were big ones, but I have to be able to do better. I lacked titles in smaller tournaments. True, I had to withdraw several times, because of an injury or because I needed some rest (Dubai, Halle, Tokyo). So I focused entirely on big tournaments, and I don’t really like it. Before I withdraw from Tokyo last year, I had told Seve (Luthi): ‘I’m going there to serve-and-volley on 1st and 2nd serves’. Because I thought it could help me later.

    Q: Speaking of later, when do you think you’ll end your career?
    RF: To calm down everybody, I said I’ll play until the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But it’s a minimum. I don’t think I’ll stop there. I see myself playing after, but differently. I’ll try to play some new tournaments, to do some exhibitions in South America, where I’ve nearly never been to.

    Q: You’re in the top10 since you’ve entered it in October, 2002. Do you think today’s top10 is stronger than back in 2002, with Safin, Hewitt, Novak, Henman, Grosjean, Ferrero?
    RF: Tough suestion. I’m not so sure. Nowadays, the guys have less weaknesses but maybe also less main strengths. Before, players were more suprising, with more varied games. It was harder to dominate on a specific surface. Nowadays playing conditions are been standardized and the payers as well. Often, when I watch players like Davydenko, Del Potro or Djokovic, I wonder what their best shot is…

    Q: If you had to chose one player that is going to reach a new milestone in 2010, who would it be?
    RF: If I had to chose only one, it would be Murray. He has built himself cleverly, he won a lot of Masters 1000, he already has a lot of experience. That being said, Del Potro never won a Masters 1000 but still won the US Open. A year ago, I would never have said predicted that. He was not really using the strength of his serve, unlike now. He’s improved so much.

    Q: And what about the winner of the World Tour Finals, who just beat you 2 times in a row?
    RF: Oh, Davydenko! I can tell you I’m going to follow him very closely in Melbourne. The Australien Open is going to show us if he can keep up with this rythm, and if he can beat us in best-of-five matches. This is so much interesting!

    Q: Monfils, Tsonga, Simon, Gasquet, you’re interested?
    RF: A lot. We all know they have a big potential. Let’s say they confirmed it last year. Now, they need to make a breakthrough and therefore to be less injured. Richard is going to go up quite fast. The big question is how far?

    Q: Nadal has not won a tournament since Rome last year, in May. Some think he’ll never be what he once were.
    RF: This is bullshit [‘conneries’ in French]. It reminds me what people said about me last year. I’ve seen Rafa play in Abu Dhabi and in Doha: he lacks absolutely nothing. Granted, he’s not won in a long time. But look at those who beat him: Del Potro, Murray, Davydenko, Djokovic, Soderling… They’re not bad! Think about it: had he played Wimbledon last year and not lost 2,000 points from his victory in 2008, where would he be right now? He came back from injury, so it’s normal that he lacked confidence. But to me, the really great Rafa is still to come.

    Q: You never had any serious injuries. The Australian Open is your 41th GS tournament in a row. Is it hard work or luck?
    RF: Both. I’m expecting myself to be fit in big tournaments. You cannot just come at Grand Slams with a small injury. Ladies can handle the 3 first rounds while healing, men just can’t. My style of play helps me to last longer. Most of the time, I decide how the point is played, I make the other one run. When Rafa takes 45 minutes to win a set, I can take 30. I worked really hard when I was a junior to build myself an efficient armour. Now, I work less hard, but more precisely.

    Q: You’re 28 and you can’t recover as fast as before. Is it why you hired Stephane Vivier, a French physio?
    RF: He’s from Marseille on top of that! (he laughs) It’s true that your age matters. Until this season, I always had masseurs, and I wanted to work with a physio. He had worked a long time with the ATP and I didn’t want people to think that I was stealing him, like ‘Sorry guys, but I’m Federer. Now he’s mine’. I think everybody took it well.

    Q: What do you mean by ‘working more precisely’?
    RF: When you’re young, you don’t warm up. You play on your PlayStation and when you’re called to play the match, you leave. Now, I consistently take a 10-minutes muscle warm-up right before the match. I strengthen my back nearly everyday because I’ve had problems in the past. I’ve always felt my back wasn’t strong enough.

    Q: And what about your sleep? Word is that you sleep like a log.
    RF: True! If I don’t sleep 11 or 12 hours a day, it’s not right. If I don’t have that amount of sleep, I hurt myself. When the twins cry and that I’m in a tournament, I put my earplugs and I go back to sleep.

    Q: You withdrew from the Davis Cup 1st round. Is it because it’s against Spain, in Spain, and on clay?
    RF: Not because it’s Spain. Just because it’s on clay. Between Dubai and Indian Wells, it just doesn’t fit. It saddens me, but I know why I took that decision.

    Q: Some said it was self-centred and unpatriotic. People thought that after having beaten Sampras’ record you would be able to play the Davis Cup…
    RF: People have to understand that it’s just not possible to do everything. Had I made another choice, maybe I wouldn’t have wom RG last year. Do people prefer me to play the Davis Cup or to hold the GS record? Don’t Swiss people prefer having me as the world no1? If I play it and then it costs me in the rankings, people will always be there to tell me: ‘Ho, hum, you’re not no1 anymore!’

    Q: Is it really impossible to do both?
    RF: I consider that a Davis Cup round amounts to take out one Masters 1000. And I’m not ready to do that. I still favour my individual choices; time will come when this changes. You also have to understand that I do not have a team as abundant as Rafa’s with Spain. I’m not complaining. It’s just a fact. Rafa hasn’t played the quarterfinals and the semifinals last year. But people saw him as the star in the finals. They just forgot he wasn’t there before.

    Q: Have you spoken to Tiger Woods since his problems were revealed?
    RF: Yes, he is my friend and I told him I was there to support him. It’s really tough for him and his family to see their intimate problems flaunted everywhere.

    Q: Have you learned something from the magnitude of this story?
    This is instructive. The tabloids are going crazy, sponsor contracts are falling apart… I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are. Tiger needs calm. And soon he’ll become the wonderful golfer that we know again.


    There’s also a comment on Federer’s training with Monfils yesterday in Melbourne and a guy in Monfils’ team said: ‘They were playing really well. During the 1st set, Roger was literally flying on the court. I felt like he was playing without his racket! When you see him playing like that, with so much ease, you start thinking that he could really play until his mid-30s.’
    So apparently no problem with the wrist! 😀

    That’s it! I may post it also on gototennis.com because it’s another great Fedophile website 😀

    • FortuneCookie says :

      On behalf of everyone,thanks so much for that!And don’t need to worry about your English,it’s great 🙂
      The ‘this is bullshit’ answer had to the highlight for me ha,really nice words about Rafa,both have so much respect for each other,just a shame some of their fans can’t always do the same!

    • Elisha says :

      This. Was. AWESOME. Times infinity. lol. Thank you so much for translating! It’s a great article! And like the person before me said, the “This is bullshit” response to Rafa’s supposed demise made me a very happy tennis fan. It’s good to see that not everyone is dismissing Rafa because of one injury. Especially since Rafa is still only 23.

    • pban says :

      Great job whynotme, its only when you read it in totality that the real essence of what he means comes through.

  10. JFK says :

    Just wanted to thank whynotme for taking the time to translate the L’Equipe interview. Thank you so much!

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