When Victory (13 years old) and Carola (11 years old) went up to the roof of their respective buildings to play tennis during the quarantine, surely there was a moment when one of the two thought: What if we record it? In that instant everything changed. Weeks passed and the nine million views that the video had pushed them onto the public scene, to the point that a brand as prestigious as Barilla and a sportsman of the stature of Roger Federer they were interested in being part of history.
The commercial (which in case you have not seen it yet, we leave it in this link) brings the two girls together on the roof to explain how the idea of playing on the roof came about and, incidentally, giving them the biggest surprise of their lives. A flesh and blood Roger Federer appears behind the recording curtain and, how could it be otherwise, they are speechless. The rest of the story is completed with a meal of the whole team together and an invitation to the Rafa Nadal Academy so that both Vittoria and Carola enjoy another unforgettable experience in Mallorca. Thanks to a report from Corriere della Sera We have been able to discover more information about this beautiful story.
The question is no longer only in how the entire fabric of the ad was forged, but in what happened next? Vittoria explains it with the greatest of emotions. “We were having lunch at La Gioiosa and we teach him a few words in Italian. Words like gnocchi, bruschetta, ciao, good morning, good evening and of course, tiramisu. He told us that as a child he was not enthusiastic about it, but when he grew up he became passionate about it until it became his favorite dessert. He told us that he has asked for it in all the tournaments he has traveled through, that he tried it in all the restaurants he has been to, ”explains the 13-year-old girl.
On the day of recording the spot, already with Barilla in between, the protagonists never imagined the miracle they were going to experience that morning. And we say miracle because even when they saw the genius from Basel they could not believe that it was real. “We did not suspect anything. In fact, once it appeared behind me and I saw it, I was convinced it was a mannequin, It seemed impossible to me that it was real Roger, the one in the flesh. That’s when I leaned out and yelled at my grandmother: Grandma, Federer is on our roof! Federer, the real one!”, He confesses with the utmost innocence.
A surprise that melted hearts all around the world —- Watch the behind the scenes video of how @rogerfederer surprised Carola and Vittoria and the day they spent together. #TheRooftopMatch pic.twitter.com/uXkbEIx2CQ
– Barilla (@Barilla) August 4, 2020
Later, with the situation assimilated, it was time to enjoy the champion of 20 Grand Slams without the pressure of the cameras filming every movement. A little while with the human Federer, a privilege that few fans will be able to count on. “He showed us a video on his mobile in which he was playing with his sister, she was about 4-5 years old,” says Vittoria. “He was very generous with us, giving us advice, recommending that at our age the most important thing was that we play with joy and have fun, without stress. He also gave us gifts: the racket with which he faced Novak Djokovic in the last semifinal of the Australian Open, an autographed shirt, some bandanas and several balls ”.
A day that they will never forget and for which they have become famous locally. In Finale Ligure, a town where everything happened, there are not a few neighbors who day after day ask the girls a visit to the famous rooftop. The place where it all started with a simple video and ended with a worldwide publicity spot and the opportunity to meet Roger Federer himself. And if that were not enough, the icing is still missing, a visit to the Rafa Nadal Academy where they will surely also be able to share a day with the Balearic tennis player. Put a roof in your life, it can bring you many joys.