Tennis: Could it bee a mystery? Was Federer stung by insect during match?
The mystery affliction that affected a finger, or fingers, on Roger Federer’s right hand had still not been solved more than an hour after he saw off a spirited performance from journeyman Simone Bolelli.
At the Australian Open on Wednesday, the 33-year-old Swiss legend had just been blasted off the court in the first set by the 29-year-old Italian when he sought treatment on his hand.
Federer said the sore areas did not look like a blister and that he had thought he may have been stung by a bee.
He was still examining his hand after the 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.
“I don’t know what that thing is,” the 17-time grand slam winner told reporters in a media conference while staring intently at his finger tips.
“It’s the weirdest thing. I feel it on the tip of my finger. It just felt really odd starting after the break and for three, four games, it was the funniest feeling."
He continued with his tale of mystery: “I feel like it’s numb and swollen. Actually it went away, but now I feel it again. I don’t know what the feeling is.”
Federer declined to have the finger taped by medical staff because it would have just looked “bigger and weird”.
“You can’t see anything,” he said laughing while staring intently at his hand. “But it is definitely swollen and it’s funny."
Yes, Roger. It's strange. We get it.