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We talk with Stephanie Kovalchik is the lead data scientist with the Game Insight Group (“GIG”) at Tennis Australia. She is also the creator of the “Stats on the T” tennis blog, where she writes about the numbers behind big questions in tennis. You can follow her @statsontheT twitter and her youtube channel

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Match for Africa 4 : Seattle Style

The match for Africa 4 held at the Key Arena in Seattle was a rousing success and raised over $2 million dollars for the Roger Federer Foundation.  Thanks to the help of Bill Gates and his partners in Seattle, the US fans got to enjoy an amazing evening of tennis.

Watching Roger Federer and Bill Gates on one side and John Isner and Mike McCready (pearl jam) on the other side was electric.  Even though it was exhibition and full of laughter the match was engaging and exciting.

You can rewatch the complete match on Bill Gates or Roger Federer’s facebook page here :

While in Seattle Roger posted some great seattle moments:


The Seattle Crowd was electric.  I can only imaging what it was like in Key Arena with all the cheers, crowd laughter, noise, and general merriment.   The whole event started out with the guitarist of Pearl Jam performing the national anthem Jimi Hendrix style :

What an amazing night of tennis and all for a great cause.  Roger Federer is using his rest time to make a difference in our world.  He mentioned flying all the way across the world to be in Seattle to do this event – that is how much it means to him. The world definitely needs Roger Federer and more heroes like him!  It was great to see Mirka in the stands as well sitting next to the CEO of the Federer foundation and chatting away as an interview was happening in the next seat!  So nice to have so much facetime with Mrs. Federer ! Wish the interview was with her too though!~


Finally Roger left us a warm thankyou tweet!


ps i saw our Federer fam Scarlett Li in the audience too and here was her pics! Check out more on her twitter feed!


Journey to Indian Wells BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2017

Monday March 13th

Well what a great 1st match for Roger Federer finishing in 53 minutes?? He was a little slow warming up in the 1st set but started hitting winners at will in the 2nd!  That was a lot of fun!  The crowd was crazy happy to see him and cheered super loud after big points.  It was exciting to be there.  His match interview was his usual “grateful to be back” and touched all the heart strings.  They have been playing the Federer interviewed by kids video on the big screen every hour so hearts all over IW have been melting for Roger lol.  After the match i did my first periscope broadcast of a walk through indian wells leaving the grounds.  You an see the video here I honestly feel super dumb doing them but I thought maybe someone far away could enjoy what it feels like to be here 🙂  It really is beautiful!

There was a little change with Roger as he decided not to show up for his 4pm public practice.  My guess is he practiced in private in the morning.  It was sad cuz thousands of people were cueing up to see him practice.  One Fed Fan that is a friend on twitter flew all the way from Japan with the hopes of seeing Roger close up and maybe getting an autograph so that was a heartbreaking for her.  We were supposed to meet up at the practice and she even saved me at seat courtside which was so super sweet.

Erica the ball girl posted an amazing periscope about what it was like to ball girl for the great one and not fall apart by being so close to him.  She also talked about the difference between Federer and Djokovic from the ball girl perspective.  Wow she was gushing with love for Roger which i can relate too. Just the cutest thing ever!   Wish i was as brave as her!  Thanks Erica!!

Here are some more pics from the day

yeah so Kevin Anderson – my friends wanted to go see him but I wanted to go wait for Roger’s practice even though it was a full 3 hours before the schedule but of course they won and I am glad they did cuz RF practice was cancelled but right when Kevin was waiting to walk on court I went up to him and asked if I could take a selfie with him and he waved me off.  Minutes later they announced him to enter the court.  What was I thinking to interupt his preparation for the match?? He eventually lost the match and I am sure it was cuz of my bonehead move.  ugh!  Sorry Kevin!  And it was so cool to see his wife Kelsey sitting courtside and watching her man.  Made me feel so proud of her and how faithful and dedicated she is.  wow can you imagine watching wins and losses together?  so emotional.  Kelsey posted this awesome tweet after the match. I wish the best for them both!

So much more to tell but most of all thanks for all the likes and retweets and views!  You guys are super awesome.  Oh and I got a selfie with Nick Bollettieri which is super special and going into the private collection 😉  More coming up soon!




Thursday March 9th

I am packing and getting ready to go. I have my Roger Federer shirt for the Maestro to sign if I should be so lucky! I will be wearing my lucky swiss pin from the Swiss Olympic team!

I will be wearing my Darth Federer Hat and bringing one to sign with my Federer Emoji shirt!


Here is a tweet of Roger Federer practicing with Alexander Zverev


I have created this page so I can update it quickly with photos and news about my trip to Indian Wells BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2017 and hopefully a chance to meet Roger Federer again. I had that dream opportunity to meet him in both 2015 and 2014 Indian Wells tournaments and will recount those experiences here soon. Keep checking this page!

Prince EXO3 Tour 100 16X18 Tennis Racquet Review

PrinceExo3 TOUR 100 16×18

Of the modern racquets in the past five years, the Prince EXO3 Tour has become the standard of a “player’s racquet” (level 3.5 or above) that is very easy on the arm. The flex rating of this Prince is an astounding 52 stiffness which means the EXO3 Tour is extremely flexible. Thanks to the thermoplastic resin reducing string vibration and amping up the comfort level, the Tour model absorbs much of the shock and vibration from shots even if they are mishit. While this technology does create a flexible feel that takes getting used to, it does not take away from the professional level of the racquet. The EXO3 technology gives huge access to spin and the middle tier strung weight of 11.6 ounces / 328.85 grams creates fast racquet head speed to generate power. The lighter weight of the racquet also gives great control at the net and volleys are a pleasure. This is a control racquet and some may find power a tad less compared to very stiff racquets like the Babolat Pure Drive but the trade off is well worth the arm friendliness and additional control.

UPDATE : 2017
Now playing with a full bed of Natural Gut string there is no softer combination of racquet and string for your tennis elbow. This pairing allows your arm to “rest” even while playing and working on your form to hit the ball early. I am not a doctor and if you can’t hold something in your hand because your tendinitis is so bad, you need to stop playing and rest. If you have a bit of muscle strain switch to this racquet and natural gut. I also highly recommend this video to learn to hit earlier and with rotation to put more pressure on your hips and less on your arm.

Tribute to Mirka Federer’s love to Roger Federer

I created this artwork based on a photo taken at the Australian Open moments after Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam.  Mirka has said in the past that Roger gave her tennis back to her since she was unable to continue with her pro career after an injury. I feel this picture completely captures how important this moment is for both of them.  Mirka’s love is much like the love poetically described by Shakespeare in his sonnet.



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