In December 2004, a man named Jesus Aparicio went into a coma. He woke up last month. At the young age of 17, Aparicio, a Spanish native, became a huge fan of Roger Federer. Then, Federer was just 22 years old and had won three of 2004’s four Grand Slams.
Aparicio decided that in 2005 he would save up money to see Federer in action at Wimbledon in 2005. But, on the night of his 18th birthday, Aparicio got into a terrible car accident with his friends, a car accident that sent him into a coma for the past 11 years. He woke up just three days before the U.S. Open began this year. Seeing Federer on screen sparked Aparicio’s memory, and he questioned his parents as to how Federer was still playing after all of these years.
According to an article by Tennisworldusa.org, Aparicio was shocked about Federer’s strong lead in the 2015 US Open. He said:
“‘When I knew [found out], at 34 years, he is still playing and is No. 2 in the world, I thought they were kidding me. When I heard that he reached 17 Slam titles, I put my hands on my face….I knew Federer was good, but I never thought he could win all he has won,” (Federer fan wakes from 11-year coma stunned to see Federer still on top of Tennis).
The excitement on Aparicio’s face was ecstatic when speaking about Federer and he said he will continue to watch tennis in the future, stating, “‘I want to see his match before he retires, perhaps his 18th slam,’” (Federer fan wakes from 11-year coma stunned to see Federer still on top of Tennis).
There’s no denying the impact a great athlete can have on a person. It really goes to show the power that mentoring, attitude, and diligence can have on not only the life of an athlete, but the fans that support him.