I’ve been asked to report on this. Since it’s the internet and these kinds of stories make news, here’s what happened before the match when Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic walked out on court.
Federer came out first, took the first chair, the same chair he selected when he beat Tomas Berdych. Djokovic was left with the second chair which remarkably had a Roger Federer labeled towel on his chair, as noted by the Tennis Channel crew. Djokovic came out, started unpacking, saw the towel, looked up to the chair or official as if for confirmation everyone was in their right seats, and then proceeded to cover the towel with a generic towel.
There you have it. Our first real controversy of the 2015 ATP Finals.
After the match, Federer was actually asked about “towelgate”!
Q: I think this is the second time this has happened for you against Novak. You’ve walked out taken the wrong chair.
Roger Federer: Took the wrong chair?
Q: The towels were on the wrong side.
Roger Federer: Okay a towel doesn’t mean much to me to be quite honest. I’m not going to be pushed by a towel. I sat on that chair when I walked out against Tomas. I said, I’d like to sit here again. I walked out first. Usually the guy who walks out first decides which side he wants to sit. That’s the rules to me, not a towel to be quite honest. Maybe to you a towel matters more. To me a towel is to take a shower with.
— BG (@BasiaGortych) November 17, 2015
Isn’t this what the ATP Finals are all about? The best in the world talking about what else but towels? Federer sets it straight. I wonder if Novak packed that Federer towel up. I’m sure he could fetch a few bucks on eBay for it.
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