Railways to Roger: Part 2 - Basel


    Roger's Town - Basel, Switzerland

    Back in Europe for the clay-court season, I was returning back to the USA after meeting Rafael Nadal at his hometown and academy.

    To make the journey complete I decided to book a detour to see Switzerland again, after the great holiday experience the previous Spring at the Sechseläuten or Sächsilüüte weekend festival.


    Visiting Basel via train from Zurich


    To make this European tennis tour complete, we really need to be fair.

    Let's go make a tennis pitstop to visit Roger Federer's hometown in Basel.

    You can actually see both Germany and France from here!

    This is an all-important city for loyal fans of Mr. Roger Federer. Between tournaments, he often flies home to Switzerland to practice and spend time with his family.

    Basel Bridge Seal

    Before Madrid, he spent some time working with his team to prepare for the clay season.

    Maestro's Magic

    His peers describe him as a funny/silly guy who's still a child at heart. More importantly, he's a very decent, humble human being.

    Switzerland's shining superstar - the role model for tennis.

    Just like Kei Nishikori from Japan, Roger is a global brand ambassador for Uniqlo.


    Swiss Indoors - ATP 500 Event

    If you can come here in the Autumn around October, you can also visit the Swiss Indoor 500 Championships. Roger was once even a ball kid here!

       
    The architecture and history of this city are amazing. You will see a lot of German influences around the town center.

    Swiss-German is the language most commonly spoken here. But one can get by with English easily here too - the Swiss are very multi-lingual!

    Laver Cup

    Later in the year, Roger welcomed the world to Geneva. Just one of many beautiful cities to visit and explore while in Switzerland.

    To lend his support in America, he was nice enough to come by during his recovery to support his friends here in the USA for 2021. Flying to Boston unannounced, he even managed to surprise everyone during that Laver Cup.

    Reasons to see Switzerland and Travel with Tennis

    I encourage tennis fans to plan a trip. Witness the beauty of the country and explore new continents.

    Perhaps you too will meet Mr. Federer in the Swiss Alps!
    Hope to see you at the mountain top. Bon Voyage!

    Tennis and Travel:
    'Tis not the mountain we conquered, but ourselves.