The world’s top three tennis stars this week downed racquets at the ATP World Tour Finals 2019 and turned their attention to John Adams’ Buzz Off on BBC Breakfast.
During an exclusive chat with Sally Nugent on the morning show, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic tackled the steady-hand game to prove who could move the wand along the wire frame without making the buzzer sound.
Old on-court rivalries once again reared their heads as the tennis pros tried to out-manoeuvre each other across a table, each vying to beat the buzzer and become the Buzz Off champion. But even Grand Slam champions, it seems, were unable to pull of the dextrous feat.
“Is it normal to have sweaty palms already,” joked the Swiss superstar, who, despite mastering various racquet grips was unable to “get the right grip from the get-go”. He made it to the little finger of the hand-shaped wire challenge, and Djokovic fared even worse: he touched the wire right at the start and failed miserably. The challenge foreshadowed Federer’s triumph over Djokovic later that day.
It was Nadal who performed the best in between the three as Roger Federer admitted, “Rafa is by far the best so far.”
“To see Buzz Off challenging even the most skilled sportsmen in the world is testimony to its deceptively simple gameplay,” says Lynette Norris, Marketing Manager at John Adams. “Buzz Off appears easy to master at first – but takes real dexterity and a steady grip to avoid the buzzer!”