In anticipation of Roger Federer’s long-awaited return to the tour, ATP lately spoke with two ‘superfans’ about their bond with the Swiss. One of these superfans is India’s Sunita Sugita, who has been supporting Federer since 2003 and has additionally watched over 100 matches of the 20-time Major champion.
Sunita Sugita hails from Kolkata, one of India’s most populous cities. Kolkata additionally boasts of a wealthy tennis heritage, having produced gamers like former Davis Cup runner-up Jaidip Mukerjea and one of the best doubles gamers of all time, Leander Paes.
While talking with ATPtour.com, Sugita listed out the explanations that drew her to Roger Federer. According to her, the Swiss legend is a magnetic and heat one that treats his followers like they had been his household.
“There is something so particular and charming about him,” Sugita stated. “His sport is there of course, the grace with which he performs. When you meet him, there’s something that pulls you to him. You simply get attracted to him, the best way he treats us, he makes you feel like you are a part of his extended household.”
Sugita revealed that she first watched her idol in motion in the course of the 2008 version of Wimbledon. But her most particular encounter with Roger Federer occurred in 2012 at Basel, the place the 39-year-old shocked her by remembering her title.
“I actually couldn’t cease shaking the primary time I noticed him on Centre Court (at Wimbledon),” Sugita went on. “I nearly collapsed when he known as me by my title (in Basel). I don’t bear in mind what I stated to him. I used to be speechless. He remembered my title!”
Roger Federer is my ardour and my idol: Sunita Sugita
Going across the globe to watch tennis tournaments is a very costly affair, however one that is value each penny for Sunita Sugita. The Indian not directly admitted to having spent extensively on her travels to watch Roger Federer, however asserted that it was cash properly spent.
“I can’t calculate all of it,” Sugita stated. “But it is all the time value it. Roger is my ardour, he’s my idol. I’m going to spend all my cash on him.”
For Sugita, it issues little if Roger Federer does not finish his profession with essentially the most Slams or even when he fails to add to his present tally of 20. Federer will all the time maintain a particular place in her coronary heart, irrespective of his tennis feats.
“He has given us the whole lot he has,” Sugita added. “It’s not nearly numbers, there’s a lot extra to Roger than the quantity 20 [Majors]. I don’t need to cry when he retires, I would like to have fun him.”
Sunita Sugita additionally believes that Roger Federer’s harm and subsequent rehabilitation interval had been a blessing in disguise, as they ensured that he wasn’t compelled to journey and expose himself to the dreaded Corona Virus.
“I didn’t need him travelling at a time like this as a result of I don’t need him to catch Corona Virus,” Sugita stated. “It was a reduction to know that I didn’t have to fear [about Roger getting sick] for the remaining of the 12 months.”
During the lockdown interval, Sugita additionally had a possibility to assess and cherish all her reminiscences with Roger Federer.
“I’ll stay with all of the moments and reminiscences I’ve shared with him,” she added. “That’s what I realised within the lockdown. I’m so glad I’ve had a probability to comply with my dream and my ardour.”