Roger Federer makes friends with quokka on Rottnest Island

Picture: Roger Federer/Twitter
Picture: Roger Federer/Twitter

SWISS tennis legend Roger Federer has taken time out of his trips to Perth to make the journey to Rottnest Island for a famous quokka selfie.

The tennis champion is in Perth for the Hopman Cup before defending his Australian Open title in January.

He arrived in Perth early on Thursday morning with his family and flew to Rottnest Island by helicopter on to mingle with some eager fans at Parakeet Bay.

He also had a hit with some children on the beach, took time to pose for many photographs and even signed a beach umbrella.

Federer told reporters it was his second visit to the island and he was excited to have a special tour by chopper.

“It’s great to be here. I love being in Australia and I’m excited to meet a quokka … playing tennis with the kids on the beach and everything, it’s just a great way to start the Australian summer of tennis,” he said.

Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia greeted the Australian Open champion on the island, with Federer describing Rottnest as a great holiday destination.

Federer joked he would not retire to Rottnest Island, but “maybe in the city”.