Roger Federer Can’t Believe How Popular He Is In Turkey
by Tom Gainey | April 27th, 2015, 9:53 am

Tennis legend Roger Federer is making his first appearance in Turkey this week at the inaugural Istanbul Open. And the tournament rolled out the red carpet for the star.

The Swiss has won 84 titles in 18 different countries. Will it be 85 and 19 after this week?

Federer opens play on Wednesday against the winner of Turkey’s Marcel Ilhan and Jarkko Nieminen. Federer and Ilhan will also play an exo match later today.

Federer in a mini-tennis promotion:

Federer practicing with Grigor Dimitrov on the 7,500 seat retractable roof stadium court:

Federer arriving at the airport this weekend:


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15 Comments for Roger Federer Can’t Believe How Popular He Is In Turkey

Giles Says:

Don’t worry fed, you’re popularity knows no bounds. Did you know you are also popular on Tennis X? Lol

Dc Says:

Fed is so humble . He probably doesn’t know that he’s the goat and hence so immensely popular.

Yolita Says:

He’s so popular that the tournament decided to spend all the money on Roger and there was none left for the facilities.

Check out the outer courts: no room for spectators. Too bad even for a Challenger tournament, let alone a 250.

jane Says:

wow, some of that is a bit scary yolita. hopefully the courts themselves are in good condition.

KatH Says:

Re the title of this Thread – I’m with RF – I can’t believe it either…….

Margot Says:

Lol KatH…….;)

TGIT Says:

Hey big shots? How much is Fed’s appearance fee? You seem to know everything.

Humble Rafa Says:

The appearance fee is $5m for the man and 0.5m for the babies. You get the woman for free.

jalep Says:

He looks sexy in the head towel and spa robe.

But would be nice if he donated back his entrance money to help improve the facilities there.

Wog Boy Says:

^^ actually he looks like a real Turk:)

Deb Says:

i don’t get why the facilities are so poor. The WTA had a very successful year end tournament there not so long ago. If you can sell out a tournament within 2 hours of announcing your appearance, you deserve your fee.

KatH Says:

@ Margot

I wondered if anyone would get it – naturally U did.

Margot Says:

Lol jalep, we agree on so much but not this one. Do you have Lawrence of Arabia fantasies, by any chance…:0
But of course. Don’t think any other nation does irony quite like us Brits which makes posting on international blogs very trixy at times.
PS everyone, we’re not always serious……;)

Annie Says:

R U kiddin me??? Roger doesn’t know that he’s the GOAT after all of you have said so for so long?
Really? Seriously?
Have a great tourney Roger…

Josh Says:

I love Roger Federer so much! Hope he does really well this summer! Can’t wait to start playing myself. I found this really useful site to help find me somewhere local to play. You guys should check it out

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