Is Roger Federer Vegan?
At the 2009 Australian Open, Roger Federer, vegetarian until age 16, captivated the tennis world when he broke down during the trophy ceremony following his final loss to Rafael Nadal. "It's killing me," said Federer, who battled Nadal for more than four hours before succumbing in the fifth set.
Taken from this article, here is how Federer explained his outpouring of emotion:
"It's not just right out embarrassing, because I don't mind it happening," said the 13-time Grand Slam champion. "What I don't like is that people think they know why it happened. It's very simple; you go out five hours and try everything you can and you spend three weeks in one city. You love tennis, and you get emotional because the fans are into it and you feel like you're so close, and all of a sudden you realize yet you're so far again. So this is what brought out the tears, I guess."
"Then seeing again the old scenario of Rod Laver there; just Australian fans are so respectful and so knowledgeable of the game, that kind of created that kind of emotion. It had nothing to do with, 'Oh, my god, I'm never going to win this tournament again. Oh, god I'm so disappointed. I can't believe it.' It was just something I couldn't control. So it was nice to get it out."
"Instead of getting it out maybe in the locker room it happened in the center court maybe in front of anybody. That's the tough part for me to handle. But I could handle it, and I still believe it shows that there is a human side to any player, you know, because we care about this game and try hard."
One may believe Federer and one may not. Either way, there is a much more radical explanation for his breakdown. Why Federer wanted so much to win 15 Grand-Slams and to be considered the greatest ever? Let's say that now, after he achieved it, people consider him as the best/greatest ever, then what? What are the pluses in such position for Federer except from the fact that his self ego has grown?
Someone might say "so what if it is all about his self ego, we all have this characteristic - it is not a bad thing." Wrong. Each year billions of nonhuman animals are caged for their entire lifetime and suffers unimaginable pain because of our selfishness. People, Federer included, prefer the taste of meat and other misery products on preventing the horrific holocaust of their plate victims, the ones who have no voice.
Roger federer is not a vegan.
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