Paris - Roger Federer's perfect sense of timing on court has brought him a
record 17 Grand Slam titles, but he admitted on Friday he's been a little
slow to appreciate the advantages of Twitter.
Federer, who can
boast more than 12 million likes on his Facebook page, finally signed up
for the social media site late on Thursday and had over 173 000 followers
by Friday afternoon.
He still has a long way to go to catch French
Open champion and world No 4 Rafael Nadal, who has more than
four million following him on Twitter.
"For me, it's really
connecting with the fans on a different platform than what I've done in
the past. I also clearly wanted to see for myself how does it really
work for the other players and other athletes and other people around
the world, you know."
Federer, 31, admits he was rather reluctant to get involved with Twitter at the start.
wasn't sure in the beginning, to be honest," he said. "For me to enter
that right away was not the right thing to do. I wanted to first wait
and see and only do it when I felt very comfortable and not get pushed
into it by someone.
"It's got to be something I needed to feel
comfortable with, and I did get many comments from many fans and
followers that they would love to see me on Twitter. I said, 'Okay, I'm
happy to give it a try and have some fun with it.'"The Swiss
launched his Twitter account - @RogerFederer - by posting a photo of
himself accompanied by the message:"(sic)A little (blue) bird told me that the place to be is , so here I am!