Bill Simmons Puts Tennis Front and Center

PHOTOGRAPH BY INEZ + VINOODH
INEZ + VINOODH

As the ATP Tour’s top singles and doubles players compete for year end honors at the O2 Arena in London, the majority of the WTA Tour has wrapped their season and are on holiday as are many tennis journalists and fans. However in his recent GQ article, “President Obama and Bill Simmons: The GQ Interview” Bill Simmons puts tennis front and center. Simmons, compares President Obama to Roger Federer not once but twice.

…Obama—both the person and the president—carries himself like Roger Federer, a merciless competitor who keeps coming and coming, only there’s a serenity about him that disarms just about everyone.

I mean, how do you interrupt the most powerful man on earth? It felt like the way Federer repeatedly jumped Novak Djokovic’s second serve in the 2015 U.S. Open Final—a savvy trick to disrupt someone’s flow, a seemingly harmless way to gain an edge. It’s what the great competitors do.

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