Found June 07, 2013 on
Roger Federer's time at the 2013 French Open is over after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals earlier this week. Federer's career on the court, however, is not.
That said, the news of Federer's retirement -- which did not happen -- would obviously be monumental, and with that in mind, Road to Roland Garros pulled a prank on several tennis stars to see how they would react to word of Fed hanging up the racket.
You can see the execution of the prank and the various reactions (sorry, no celebrations) in the video below:
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Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all-time, has given zero indications that he is set to retire from the sport. Yes, he probably suffered his worst defeat at a Grand Slam event, getting smoked by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the French Open, but he is still among the very best in the game. The dominance isn’t here, but he’s still great. But that didn’t stop Road...
Roger Federer lost out in the French Open quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a straight-set whimper that marked one of his most punchless defeats ever at a Grand Slam and gave a modicum of believability to a prank that attempted to convince players he had retired.
But ol' Federer isn't taking the loss too hard. He's already gearing up for the grass-court season --...
Especially these days, you can't always believe what you see or read and that's exactly what some tennis players discovered when they got pranked hidden-camera style.
The prank was for French Open's YouTube "Road to Rolland-Garros" and features many different professional players reacting to the fake news that Roger Federer had retired:
He currently holds the record for most career Grand Slam singles titles, with 17. He’s reached at least the quarterfinals of every major in 36 consecutive tournaments. That’s nine years. He spent 302 successive weeks atop the ATP Rankings from 2004 to 2012. He is undeniably the best overall tennis player in history, but after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated him...
Roger Federer has retired. That's what tennis players like John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were told in this awesome prank.
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