2/14/13 3:39 AM | Johan Lindahl
Officials at America's newest Formula 1 race venue, the Circuit of the Americas, are hoping to start filling stands for tennis, with negotiations reportedly underway to bring Roger Federer to Austin, Texas for an exhibition.
The outcome of the multi-million-dollar blue-sky effort should be known in the spring.
“I would say we should know in the next 30 days,” local promoter Tim Stallard told the Austin American-Statesman. The programme would also try to include American doubles aces Bob and Mike Bryan. "You’d have the greatest singles player of all time and the greatest doubles team of all time".”
With Federer's calendar all but completely filled years in advance and the world No. 2 hardly in need of another few million dollars, the odds are looking long for the optimistic Texans. The race circuit made a successful debut last November as it hosted the first F1 event in the US since 2007.
With any income welcome, the circuit has also made offers to host X Games from 2014. Big-thinking Austin is trying to nail down Federer for an August 20 exho, six days before the start of the US Open.
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