Last year amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the two Italian young girls played tennis between the rooftops of Finale Ligure in Italy. That video clip went viral with ten million views on social media platforms.
Thus, they were extolled and cited as an example of resilience around the European Union. Ultimately, the former World No.1 Roger Federer visited their premises to hit with those girls and eventually rewarded them.
However, in a recent interview, the young prodigies Vittoria and Carola said they were still doubtful about Swiss Maestro visiting their home last year and believe he will come again in five years.
“I still find it hard to believe it happened,” confessed Vittoria, the girl who has been covering her bedroom with photos of the eight-time Wimbledon Champion every day since his visit. She also emphasised they still often watch that video clip.
Carola, another girl, revealed that the 20-time Grand Slam winner rewarded them with the racquet, t-shirt, and wristbands. Those are safely locked in the closet.
“Federer’s gifts are locked in the closet: racket, shirt and cuffs. Woe to those who touch them,” said Carola, to whom Roger Federer made a very personal promise, “In five years, he will come to dinner at my father’s pizzeria, here in Finale, to check my progress with English.”
(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
Italian Tennis Girls Rooftop Moment Nominated For Laureus Award
An inspirational video clip, the marathon rally between 13-year-old Vittoria and 11-year-old Carola on the rooftops, has been nominated for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year.
The remarkable tennis moment, which dazzled as an example of the spirit of friendship and love of sport amid the COVID-19 lockdown rules, is one of the six adversaries for the most inspiring sport. The voting is open until sixth May.