As you may or may not know I have been running FedererLive on Twitter for almost one year after my beautiful friend Emma handed the account over to me. On the 25th of July Nike Tennis contacted me asking if they could share something special with me. Not even knowing what that something would be it took me half an exuberant second to respond with a huge ‘of course’. Yesterday morning I received a package postmarked Nike WHQ Exports. A feeling of extreme gratitude washed over me, I felt so lucky to have been given any unexpected gift, let alone one from Nike. I had no idea what it would be - a poster, a T-shirt maybe - so you can only imagine my shock when I opened it to find… Roger Federer’s Champion Jacket from Wimbledon 2013.
Yes, this jacket. As I unlocked the wooden box (complete with RF logo) to reveal the jacket I felt incredibly emotional, there really aren’t any words to describe it. But I’ll try. Overwhelmed, yes. And grateful, so grateful, to an extent I can’t express. There were lots of tears and even more shaking as I read the card it came with. Finding out there were only 10 jackets made in the world and I had one. These kinds of things do not happen to me, ever. I still feel like I am in a dream. I don’t deserve it, but I will treasure it for as long as I live.
Now for the thanks. Thank you to each one of you for following me and for every kind message. Emma, this is as much yours as it is mine; you gave me this opportunity, and for that I will forever be in your debt. Now, if I thanked Nike Tennis every minute of every day for the rest of my life it still would not be enough to. But it won’t hurt to start now, thank you Nike. Thank you. It means the world. [Video: closer look at the jacket]