The tradition at the Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati Masters, is for the men’s and women’s champions to appear on the champions’ balcony with their newly acquired trophy. They wave to the crowd of gathered fans below, everyone takes a million pictures, and everybody goes home happy.
At the 2012 event, Rog was so excited to greet his fans that he ran out without the trophy and just waved like crazy. In 2014, he was more prepared. In fact, he had a whole routine ready, giving his audience a mini-stand-up routine as he basked in his moment of glory.
Like 2012, Rog walked out and just gave us all a wave of greeting.
Then it was, “Oh, hey, what’s this I’m holding?”
“Hey look, it’s a really big trophy!”
*crazy applause from the crowd*
Then Rog made as if he was going to drop the trophy over the edge of the champions’ balcony…
Roger then waved again to the fans gathered all around, including those clustered on the stadium stair landings to his right.
Then it was time to pose for pictures in front of the assembled crowd, so he turned around to pose. Then…
Rog abruptly whipped around, playing peekaboo with the crowd, getting them to roar each time he did it.
“I can’t hear youuuu….”
*crowd roars even louder*
We’re all amused, Rog has amused himself, it’s possibly the best champions’ balcony moment ever…
And then, all the zaniness out of the way, Roger hugs his hard-won trophy and thanks the crowd for their love.
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