by Tom Tebbutt
It was a little after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night when Roger Federer and his new coaching advisor, Stefan Edberg, entered Stadium 1 for a session.Federer went through a series of what appeared to be back exercises (see above), including one where he was down on his hands and knees and did some pelvic thrusting that was – how else can to put it? – suggestive!
The two hit for a little more than an hour.I didn’t see them play any points but Edberg, 48, certainly looked like a respectable sparring partner.
Towards the end, there was a little levity as Federer hit serves to Edberg, and did some exaggerated grunting just for kicks. As best one could tell, it couldn’t be classified as an exact imitation of any one of his main rivals.While he was aiming serves at Edberg, he also hit a few wide to where his agent, Tony Godsick, was standing near the playing surface. Godsick managed to get one back in play.Federer then finished off with three or four deft underhand serves that landed just over the net. “I dare you to do that once, just once,” Godsick said to Federer, appearing to suggest he wanted him to try it in a real match.
After they finished and were leaving the court, Federer sat down in the first row and Godsick took pictures of him looking into his cell phone – maybe he was tweeting. That resulted in a big laugh from everyone, including Edberg.They then exited – but I still don’t know the identity of the fourth member of the group on court during the practice.
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