Commencement Address by Roger Federer

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At Dartmouth College, the retired tennis champion offered his thoughts on winning and losing.

"In the 1,526 singles matches I played in my career, I won almost 80 percent of those matches," Federer said. "Now, I have a question for all of you. What percentage of the points do you think I won in those matches?"

The answer was 54 percent.

"In other words," he said, "even top-ranked tennis players win barely more than half of the points they play. When you lose every second point on average, you learn not to dwell on every shot."

He went on, "The truth is, whatever game you play in life, sometimes you’re going to lose. A point, a match, a season, a job….The best in the world are not the best because they win every point. It's because they know they'll lose again and again, and have learned how to deal with it."


Red Porous (En-Tout-Cas and European Clay) Tennis Courts

Please respect the requirements a club may have for correct footwear.

Shoes that are suitable for hard surfaces, synthetic grass and synthetic clay may not be suitable for porous courts. Just because the salesperson in the shoe shop tells you that the shoes are suitable for 'all' surfaces does not mean that they will be suitable for porous courts.

If the shoes you are wearing are not considered appropriate by the club on whose courts you are attending, then you are deemed to be not ready to commence play (as per MEMRLTA by-law 4) and set may be claimed (as per by-law 9a).

Correct footwear for porous courts has a tread pattern giving reasonable grip, but does not damage the playing surface. As well as for the upkeep of court maintenance, correct footwear is vital for player safety.

Suitable Footwear for Porous Tennis Courts


Examples of

Correct Footwear for Porous Tennis Courts

The only acceptable outersole for red porous courts is a herringbone pattern which is usually found on tennis specific shoes and selected cross trainers.
Examples of

Incorrect Footwear for Porous Tennis Courts

Any shoe outersole which has a lugged pattern is unacceptable on red porous courts as it will chew up and leave marks across the surface, damaging its condition.

A good test to know if your shoes are suitable for porous courts is to rub your hand across the sole of the shoe. If the sole feels round, then it will not be suitable. On the other hand, shoes with no tread (little or no tread) may also be unsuitable as they are prone to excessive slipping and are dangerous.