Here is all you Need to Know About the Kid Who Asked Roger Federer, Why he is Called the ‘GOAT’
Tennis legend, Roger Federer, has dodged several volleys on the field as well as off the field. Everyone would agree that the Swiss star has done remarkably well in both the situations, but earlier this week, he faced the trickiest and perhaps the toughest test when a ‘young reporter’ asked him why is he called ‘the GOAT.’
But then again, the most successful player in the history of tennis answered the awkward question beautifully, saying:
“I don’t know. Some fans call me that. I don’t call myself that. Yeah, we have a lot of animals in Switzerland, and goats are part of the livestock we have over there, yes.”
The youngster did not stop there and went on to request the 19-times Grand Slam champion to keep playing for another 8-9 years so that he can play against him. To which, Federer replied:
“Yeah, sure. If you make it on tour, I’ll make sure maybe I come back for you, okay (smiling)?”
Here is a clip of that adorable interview:
As expected, the interview has gone viral across social media with people desperate to know about the kid who gave Federer some testing time with his questions.
According to a report in Kashmir Life, the kid is fondly called Zizou (after the nickname of legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane), but his real name is Izyan Ahmad. The 7-year old is the son of a New Jersey based Kashmiri media professional Farooq Ahmad who hails from Dangiwacha area of Rafiabad, 50 miles to the north of Srinagar city.
The News daily quoted Farooq saying that meeting and interacting with his tennis idol Roger Federer meant the world to his son.
“According to him it was the best day of his life,” Farooq said. “After the press conference he talked to Federer in the player room also, and that made him very happy (including us). He told Federer that they met in 2010 in Cincinnati. OH when Zizou was just 40 days old. We have framed that shirt of Zizou that Federer signed in 2010.”
The budding tennis player has set lofty heights for his career as his father said he aspires to become the number one tennis player in the world and is working hard towards achieving his goal.
“In the last two months he participated in 3 under 10 boys tournaments and won two of them and lost third one in the finals,” Farooq said. “As parents we are providing him support on and off the tennis court and I am very happy that he is chasing his dream and enjoying doing it.”
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