Roger Federer was hardly the 1st tennis superstar in the middle of the U.S. Open to drop in for practice on Central Parkâ€™s courts in the middle of New York City.
In fact, as the Central Park Tennis Center concessionaire Cathy Gaudio toldÂ For The- Win on Thursday, itâ€™s pretty normal in that a tennis star will come to the four hardcourts the location offers to practice while the tournament is going on.
â€œItâ€™s a lot easier to get to 96thÂ Street and Central Park West than it is to get to Flushing Meadows especially if they just want to hit for an hour,â€� she said. And thatâ€™s key if thereâ€™s rush hour traffic.
Gaudio says over the years, names like the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, the Bryan brothers and Richard Gasquet have all used the courts in the same way Federer did on Wednesday afternoon.
She moreover mentioned in that those arenâ€™t not expected visits. The- USTA reached out to ask for some practice time, which they were more than pleased to accommodate. Then, Gaudio and her team reached out to the Park Enforcement Patrol and to the local cops precinct to let them know a celebrity is on the way. Federer moreover brought his own security team.
â€œBut this is a very tennis friendly place and I donâ€™t think anybody here would ever or has ever gotten rowdy,â€� she said.
Itâ€™s beneficial for the player, the court, and the game itself.
â€œHaving someone here on the grounds of Central Park in my tennis club like Roger Federer is acceptable for the morale and acceptable for tennis,â€� she said. â€œMy primary focus is children. I want them to see no dream is too big.â€�