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Roger Federer gifted a cow (yes, a cow) from Swiss Open organizers

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Roger Federer appears completely thrilled with his gift of a cow, since that's a perfectly normal way to thank someone. (PETER SCHNEIDER/EPA)

Roger Federer appears completely thrilled with his gift of a cow, since that’s a perfectly normal way to thank someone. (Peter Schneider/EPA)

The Swiss Open thanked Roger Federer for his late entry into the tournament by presenting him with a cow named Desiree during the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

This isn’t the first cow the tournament has gifted the Swiss great, who is playing the event for the first time since 2004. Upon returning to the tournament in 2003 after winning his first Wimbledon title, a shocked Federer was given a prize cow that he named Juliette.

“Now I need to find a garage for a cow, although I have no idea what a cow garage looks like,” Federer joked at the time.

That cow ended up staying in Gstaad, and was cared for by a dairy farmer. That cow even had a baby, which Federer named “Edelweiss,” and the mother and baby roamed the green pastures of Gstaad for years while Federer began his assault on the record books.

Here’s a GIF of Federer trying to milk Juliette:

Asked for an update on his bovine family earlier this year, Federer confirmed he was now cow-less.

“She’s not around anymore,” Federer said at the Australian Open. “You’re living in the past. She’s long gone. I think her daughter’s gone, too. So way behind.”

The cow jokes flowed on Twitter after Tuesday’s presentation of a new cow.

  • Published On Jul 23, 2013
  • 3 comments
    davidintel
    davidintel

    A g.o.a.t. would have been more appropriate.

    dami1
    dami1

    Talking about What is a "garage for cows", I'm surprised the guy dosen't know what a cowshed is.. Don't worry tennisnakama, there are people in Gstaad who know how to take good care of his cows.

    tennisnakama
    tennisnakama

    A cow is a living thing not a car. I am hugely upset about this cow thing. 

    In 2003, Federer received the first cow, Juliette which did not produce milk after a few years and ended up to a slaughter house. The second cow, Desirée will be in the same fate. 

    Gstaad dairy industry uses a cow for their promotion. It’s irresponsible to give a cow to someone who can’t take care of it.