Nedlands Tennis Club youngster meets idol Federer before tossing coin for Hopman Cup men’s final


Isabelle Criddle tossing the coin before the Hopman Cup men’s final.

Isabelle Criddle tossing the coin before the Hopman Cup men’s final.
Isabelle Criddle tossing the coin before the Hopman Cup men’s final. Isabelle Criddle tossing the coin before the Hopman Cup men’s final.

NEDLANDS Tennis Club youngster Isabelle Criddle (9) got to chat with Roger Federer ahead of the Hopman Cup men’s final before tossing the coin for the match.

The Dalkeith Primary School Year 4 student said Federer met her in the centre of the court with Germany’s Alexander Zverev, shook her hand and asked when she had started playing tennis.

For the record, Isabelle started playing at age four when she joined the Hot Shots program at Nedlands Tennis Club.

She now takes private lessons and plays competitively for the club.

Federer is Isabelle’s favourite tennis player, along with Serena Williams.

Nedlands head coach Warren Vickers selected Isabelle as one of three students to toss the coin at the final because she showed dedication to the sport and aspirations to be a high level player.

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