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Roger Federer joins the Italian rooftop tennis stars to exchange a few salvoes

Roger Federer joins Italian rooftop tennis stars to swap a few bursts after the girls gained international acclaim with 12 MILLION Twitter views with their lockdown match video

  • The tennis champion, 38, took a private jet and went to Finale Ligure, Italy
  • He joined Vittoria Oliveri, 13, and Carola Pessina, 11, for a rooftop match
  • Federer has since invited the girls to join Rafael Nadal’s tennis school in Mallorca

Roger Federer joined two Italian schoolgirls for a game of tennis on the roof of an apartment building after earning international acclaim with 12 million Twitter views with their lockdown match video.

The tennis champion, 38, took a private jet to surprise friends Vittoria Oliveri, 13, and Carola Pessina, 11, at their homes in Finale Ligure, Italy.

The girls, both ardent tennis players, had been unable to visit the courts during Italy’s heavy closure in April.

But they had been instructed by their coach to keep practicing, so they came forward with the rooftop alternative, which quickly went viral.

Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam competitions, praised it as a ‘great idea’ and wanted to get in on the action.

He added, “Passion doesn’t just disappear through a lockdown. I think their video really resonated with many people and me too. ‘

Roger Federer, 38, joined two Italian schoolgirls for a game of tennis on the roof of an apartment building after earning international acclaim with 12 million Twitter views with their lockdown match video

Roger Federer, 38, joined two Italian schoolgirls for a game of tennis on the roof of an apartment building after earning international acclaim with 12 million Twitter views with their lockdown match video

In the clip, after meeting Federer for the first time, Vittoria said, “I almost passed out. I didn’t think it was real, I thought it was a mannequin. ‘

The three-storey buildings are about 8.5 meters apart and with the girls four to five meters away from the edges, the makeshift space turned out to be about the same size as a real tennis court.

After the one-hour session and after sending a few balls to the cars parked on the street, Federer said, “This was the first time I played tennis in a long, long time.

The tennis champion, 38, took a private jet to surprise friends Vittoria Oliveri, 13, and Carola Pessina, 11, at their homes in Finale Ligure, Italy

The tennis champion, 38, took a private jet to surprise friends Vittoria Oliveri, 13, and Carola Pessina, 11, at their homes in Finale Ligure, Italy

The tennis champion, 38, took a private jet to surprise friends Vittoria Oliveri, 13, and Carola Pessina, 11, at their homes in Finale Ligure, Italy

The three-story buildings are about 8.5 meters apart, and with the girls four to five meters away from the edges, the makeshift space turned out to be about the same size as a real tennis court.

The three-story buildings are about 8.5 meters apart, and with the girls four to five meters away from the edges, the makeshift space turned out to be about the same size as a real tennis court.

The three-story buildings are about 8.5 meters apart, and with the girls four to five meters away from the edges, the makeshift space turned out to be about the same size as a real tennis court.

“They couldn’t believe I made a lot of mistakes – they were sometimes better than me. They had a home advantage. ‘

In February, the tennis pro underwent surgery on his right knee, followed by further procedures, before declaring that he would not be playing for the rest of the year.

At the end of the heartwarming clip, Federer invited the girls to join the tennis school of Majorca rival Rafael Nadal.

At the end of the clip, Federer invited the girls to join the tennis school of rival Rafael Nadal in Mallorca

At the end of the clip, Federer invited the girls to join the tennis school of rival Rafael Nadal in Mallorca

At the end of the clip, Federer invited the girls to join the tennis school of rival Rafael Nadal in Mallorca

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