Fuzzy Federer is no more (video)

MIAMI, Fla. – You knew, once the BNP Paribas Open was over, that Fuzzy Federer would give way to corporate Federer.

After all, there was a day of public appearances in Chicago to promote the second edition of the Laver Cup.

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And so it was. But the Indian Wells runner-up wasted no time getting to Miami for the second leg of the Sunshine Double.

Tuesday afternoon, he was on the stadium court with one of his regular recent practice partners, Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Without a doubt, there were more fans inside the stadium watching him practice than were watching all of the qualifying and first-round main-draw women’s matches on all the other courts put together.

Here’s what it looked like.

(Trivia corner: that’s the same T-shirt Federer wore for his first practice at Indian Wells two weeks ago. That time, he hit with Kyle Edmund. The shorts looked a little darker, though. End of trivia)

Lightning trip for Laver Cup

Thanks to the magic of Net Jets, Federer and Rod Laver and company, including Nick Kyrgios, flew to Chicago very early Monday morning and did a lot of promotion for the upcoming (in six months) second edition of the Laver Cup.

(Looks like they have some comfy sleepers on that jet, because Federer looks fresh. Also – Mirka remembered to pack his ski vest).

It seems John McEnroe will be the captain of the “World” team again. Because he ceremonially selected Nick Kyrgios as the first player on the squad for the 2018 edition.

They had deep-dish pizza, the iconic Chicago treat.

They met fans. And they signed autographs and posed for selfies.

They even met Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Chicago MLS soccer star (and, as it happens, the husband of Ana Ivanovic. And also – as of a few days ago, a new father).

They were only there a few hours, but it looks like they got a lot done.

Series tickets go on sale on Friday, at 10 a.m. CDT.

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