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Demand For Roger Federer Coin Breaks Swissmint Website

There has already been more than 2.5 million clicks since the coin was recently launched.

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Roger Federer at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London (photo Roberto Zanettin)

Swissmint knew their decision to release a coin in tribute to Roger Federer would be highly popular, but they didn’t expect it to cause their own website to break down.

 

The 20-time grand slam has had a 20 franc silver piece bearing his image made in his honour. Making Federer the first living person in history to have a Swiss coin minted in tribute to him. Up to 95,000 silver coins has been made with a price of 30 Swiss francs ($30.09) each. Meanwhile, next year 40,000 50 franc gold coins with a different design will be released.

“In addition to his sporting brilliance, Roger Federer is above all the perfect ambassador for Switzerland,” Swissmint said in a statement on its website. “He has a unique way of embodying likeability, down-to-earthness, success and eloquence.”

In the immediate aftermath of the announcement, fans flocked to the Swissmint website in a bid to pre-order their commemorative coins before they ran out. However, the demand proved too much and eventually resulted in the website crashing. Leaving many eagerly waiting to get hold of theirs.

“We had 2.5 million clicks. It was too much for the shop to handle,” Swissmint CEO Marius Haldimann told Reuters.
“We expected and planned for high demand, but we never imagined it would be this big.
“When Roger posted a link on his social media channels the website immediately had problems due to all the traffic. Some fans could access the shop but could not finish the order. Others could not get onto the website.”

To the relief of both Federer fans and Swissmint the website is back up running and taking orders. The coin will officially be issued on January 23rd next year and will be sold until either the start of 2023 or when they are all sold out.

“We have had a lot of fans emailing us asking if they can buy the coin, but we can’t take credit card details via email,” Mr. Haldimann said.
“We are just asking fans to be patient and keep trying the website. We are working hard to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.”

The 38-year-old has achieved numerous records throughout his career. Including winning more grand slam singles titles than any other male tennis player and spending 310 weeks as world No.1. Overall, he has 103 titles and 1237 wins so far in his career. The second highest in the Open Era after Jimmy Connors.

Federer has ended 2019 rankled 3rd in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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