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Jimmy Jump Runs Onto Court As Roger Federer Wins French Open
Total Pro Sports – Today at Roland Garros was perhaps one of the biggest matches in Roger Federer’s career. Playing in the French Open final for the fourth consecutive year, it would be his best chance to take home the only major tennis title which has eluded him. With no Rafael Nadal to stop him this time, Roger was not about to let anything get in his way. Not even Jimmy Jump.
So who exactly is Jimmy Jump (you may want to check him out here). He is not quite a streaker, but instead refers to himself as a “jumper.” He has found his way onto the field of sporting events several times in his career (I guess by “jumping” over the crowd barriers), and will often attempt to put hats on players. He has made his way onto soccer pitches, formula one tracks, and today he was present at the French Open.
During Federer’s match against Robin Soderling, which he won 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4, Jimmy interrupted play in the second set. Between points in the fourth game, he came onto the court and approached the French Open champion, trying to get him to wear his hat before running away from several security guards who were trying to chase him down. Jimmy made a nice hurdle over the net but was then taken down by a beautiful tackle which impressed even John McEnroe.
It was great to see Roger finally win that elusive French Open, and in the process tie Pete Sampras for most major victories of all time with 14. Thankfully he was not rattled by the clothed streaker. Maybe Jimmy Jump is his good luck charm, although I don’t think defeating Soderling required any luck from the man we may now refer to as “the greatest tennis player of all time.”
Here is Jimmy Jump’s moment of fame.
And here is a nice moment Jimmy shared with Lionel Messi in Munich a while back.