Frankie’s News is back following an extended break. (And by extended we mean our last edition came out when dinosaurs had not yet become extinct. Ok, maybe not that long ago, but you get the idea).
Anyway, we are back now and here to report on all of the most important news stories in the world of tennis. This week we were lucky enough to be invited to the ATP World Tour Awards.
As expected, the most decorated tennis player in the history of this fine sport picked up most of the gongs. Mr Federer won three awards in total: ‘Player of the Year’ for the fifth time in his career, ‘Fans’ Favourite’ for a record seventh consecutive year and the ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ for a record sixth consecutive year. The man now has more ATP awards than he has slams and cannot be mentioned without someone using the words ‘consecutive’ and 'record'.
Frankie’s News went backstage to find out what some of the players who are living in the reign of King Fed had to say about their monarch.
Andy Roddick: “I can’t believe that Rafa is starring in a Shakira video. This sucks…my wife has just been given the front cover of 'Sports Illustrated'…couldn’t Rafa let me gloat about that for a while in the locker room before he upped the ante?”
(At this point Frankie’s News gently reminded Andy that we were supposed to be talking about the fabulousness of Roger Federer.)
“Well I guess he hasn’t won enough already. Not that I’m bitter. He’s a great guy, just feel he coulda at least given me one Wimbledon trophy.”
Rafael Nadal: “Cause I'm a gypsy…are you coming with me…oh, sorry. Is in my head, no? But I am juss Shakira’s amigo, no? Well, Rog deserves dee awards very much, no? He is dee bess in history, no?”
Novak Djokovic: “Did I vote for him? No comment.”
Andy Murray: “I can cry like Roger…I just wish I could win awards like him.”
Nickolay Davydenko: “I don’t usually vote but this year I decided to give Roger mine as he finally let me beat him. Would have been better if he had let me win our match in Melbourne but I suppose you can't ask for everything. Personally, I wouldn't want to be the fan favourite. I like my anonymity. Shakira asked me to star in her video before she phoned Rafa, but I told her that I am not Britney Spears. I cannot be in a music video.”
Pete Sampras: "Yeah, that’s great for him. I still reckon Rod Laver is the greatest though.”
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