For much of the past decade, William Skidelsky has had an all-consuming devotion to Roger Federer, whom he considers to be the greatest and most graceful tennis player of all time.
In this mesmerizing memoir, Skidelsky ponders what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him and countless others. Skidelsky dissects the wonders of Federer's forehand, reflects on his rivalry with Nadal, revels in his victories, and relives his most crushing defeats. But in charting his obsession, Skidelsky also weaves his own past into a captivating story that explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sports, and the psychology of fandom.
Thought-provoking and beautifully written, Federer and Me is a frank, funny, and touching account of one fan's life.
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"Ralph Lister's performance of Skidelsky's quirky love letter to tennis champ Roger Federer is forceful, energetic, and captures its obsessive heart. Although Skidelsky sees Federer play early in his career and is impressed by his elegant game, which contrasts notably with today's power matches, he doesn't become a rabid fan until a few years later when he's faced with depression. Lister brings a sensitive understanding to the author's mental health issues--and there are lighter moments, too. Lister's amusement at superfans is clear--one fan even meticulously plans for a child to be born on Federer's birthday (to be named Roger). Lister's voice is appropriately strident for Federer fans' fury at Rafael Nadal, who for a period of time consistently beat Federer and even sapped the confidence of their idol. The nerve! A.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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