Having done very little ‘blogging’ in my time I have been wondering how best to start, so I thought why not begin telling you about my experience with one of the best - Roger Federer - and my utter admiration for him.
The last couple of weeks have been spent at the All England club interviewing sporting superstars, but, in my humble opinion as they say, none come classier than the seven-time Wimbledon champ.
The demands on a man of his import during any event is incredibly time consuming, for example after he finishes a match and gets showered and changed he must then spend at least 2 hours carrying out media commitments including press conferences in 4 languages and a plethora of television and radio interviews for networks around the world.
Now I know he is also handsomely rewarded for the talent he displays on the tennis court, but there is no official requirement for him to be as charming, polite and generous in the manner in which he conducts himself.
Upon entering the Television interview room at SW19 to conduct his very first one-to-one sit down chat of the tournament Federer extended his hand and said hello to me, turned around and then in turn shook hands with our floor manager, cameraman and sound man and to each he said “hello my friend, nice to see you again.”
Ok, I know in the normal walk of life that we all live in this is just common courtesy, but in the sporting superstar lifestyle it is not always apparent. To see a 17-time Grand Slam champion conducting himself with such genuine courtesy was heart warming.
While at Wimbledon I managed to keep an eye on the racing and watched Galactic Heroine win at Doncaster. She is very exciting and given that superb pedigree, is already a hugely valuable prospect and like all of the Biddestone team I cannot wait to see her again.
I also managed to fit in the Eclipse for Channel 4 last Saturday where I thought Paul Hanagan and Kevin Manning gave their horses good ‘Sandown’ rides which perhaps exaggerated their superiority over the better fancied runners.
The Newmarket July meeting is my next port of call before a trip to Hoylake for The Open and then Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.
For what its worth I am looking forward to seeing Estidhkaar run should he get the go ahead for Saturday’s Superlative Stakes. He should have scored on debut but was too green and then he broke his maiden with a bit in hand at Newbury. The second won at Sandown next time and the fourth, who was 9 lengths behind bolted up at Windsor subsequently.
I think he’s very very good and saves a little for himself, as his half-brother Toormore did in his unbeaten juvenile campaign last year.
Hopefully the next time I write I’ll know what to start with because it’ll involve Estidhkaar’s impressive win at Newmarket’s July meeting and his connections' courteous response to their success.