My Federer Obsession:
Part 3

William Skidelsky

It all started in Shanghi.

As I said in the first excerpt from my book, it took me a while to become obsessed with Roger Federer. In the years following my first sighting of him at Wimbledon, I paid him relatively little attention. I kept vague tabs on his results but I didn't watch many of his matches.

The problem was that I had too much else going on. I was in my mid twenties and was trying to carve out a niche for myself in the adult world--a goal that, since university, had seemed impossibly distant.

Work preoccupied me a good deal. I was finally making some headway as a journalist. There were the standard mid twenties social pursuits: going to parties, hanging out with friends.

And I was falling in love—something that hadn't happened in quite a while. My relationship with my new girlfriend--a fellow journalist--was all consuming. The result was that Roger Federer, for all his appeal, seemed like a distant, tangential figure. My life didn't have room in it for me to become obsessed with him.

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William Skidelsky is the author of Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession. He is an author and freelance writer, the former literary editor of the Observer and a contributor to the Guardian. He played tennis to the county level as a junior and now plays club tennis in southeast London, where he is first team captain. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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