Nike Football released a new ad starring Rafa and his friend, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Rafa and CR “play” a match (on a grass court), with CR playing soccer on his side of the court while Rafa responds with his tennis. CR ended up winning.
In the ad, Rafa enviously says “I want his shoes,” glancing at CR’s fancy cleats (the very item being advertised). Entertaining stuff!
However, the fact that CR “defeated” Rafa drew my attention to the fact that Nike Football has also done ads featuring Fed losing to a soccer player. I wonder when, if ever, Nike Tennis will retalitate and create an ad where Rafa shows off his footie skills in front of CR or Fed gives a lesson to Rooney during a soccer match.
Fed once had a cameo in a long Nike ad for the 2010 World Cup, where he’s soundly schooled by Wayne Rooney in a Ping-Pong match. Nike’s Write the Future ad depicts the big “What if?” moments in soccer — what if that corner kick had angled slightly wider, what if the defender hadn’t surged forward at that very millisecond — and how that pretty much changes the fate of each player and how his/her narrative is subsequently written.
In this ad, Wayne Rooney goes from being an unkempt straggler to being knighted by the Queen, to bossing Fed around on the Ping-Pong table. The entire three-minute ad is well-worth watching, especially if you’re a footie fan (I love the ending, which also features CR taking a penalty) — Fed makes his appearance at 1:38:
I think it’d be interesting, if a bit cruel, if a similar ad were created for tennis players. I think every tennis fan has his/her baggage to unload, centered on their favorite players (Why did he opt for that silly shot when facing BP? What if the running FHDTL had shifted 2mm to the left, what if he had converted the BPs at the AO’07 final, and so forth. Why DelPo-Nalby-Rafa-Fed whyyyyy?). Sorry, I forgot my original point … which was that every tennis fan has a Franck Ribery lodged in their minds as the must-be-defeated villain.
While watching the above clip, I ended up clicking the behind-the-scenes interview. Fed proves to be eye-openingly dorktastic here. He talks for 30 seconds about Wayne Rooney.
1) Why is Fed sitting in front of a line of hanging laundry?
2) There is a “modest” moment where Fed talks about how he decided to become Rooney’s friend, and how he believes he kind of inspires Rooney.
3) Finally, Fed says he would be too shy to ask Rooney to play doubles with him. LOL-forever. I guess Stan rules the roost in the Fedwrinka partnership.
Also, it’s been almost 2 years since that ad was released — Wayne Rooney and Roger Federer have yet to play dubs together. I guess Rooney never called Fed. It’s settled then: Stan > Rooney 😉