Tennis ace Roger Federer featured in the Discovery documentary Running Wild With Bear Grylls for an adventure trip to climb Swiss Alps. Amidst challenging streams and icy winds, Grylls also challenged in an epic game of table tennis, where he also came close to prevail over the master of lawn tennis.
Discovery channel India will premiere the new series titled Running Wild with Bear Grylls also featuring Roger Federer in one of the episodes. Grylls takes celebrities on a journey and tests their wilderness-survival skills in the reality show. Big names in the series will include, other than tennis legend Roger Federer, Lena Heady from Game of Thrones, Don Cheadle, American actor Joseph Gordon and actress Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black.
Running Wild With Bear Grylls premiers on September 20 at 9 pm hrs on Discovery Channel and Discovery World HD.
The first episode of the series will have Roger Federer venture into the Alps with Bear Grylls. It is a truly must watch experience – from discussing memories of raising two sets of twins, to a special game of ping pong, to dropping down into a gorge and eating fish eyeballs, fans will get to know Federer in a completely new way.
Bear Grylls sets the ball rolling at the beginning of the show, “From up here, these mountains are spectacular! But once you get on the ground, these towering cliffs and dense forests are a force to be reckoned with! Roger Federer better be ready for a match like never before!”
Federer, says, “I got an address, somewhere in the Swiss mountains – that’s all I know. This is like before a match, now, so I start to feel the pulse going boom-boom. I might look like a tough guy on the tennis courts, but I’m actually very scared of a lot of things in life. There’s gonna be scary moments for me, so (Bear) just hold my hand!”
“There’s gonna be some scary moments, I know that, so I do hope that the skill set from tennis comes into play in a big, big way today! I need to do other things than just play tennis all the time,” adds Federer.
On their journey to the Swiss Alps, Bear Grylls spots a half-eaten fish under the ice and explains the importance of eating eye-balls given they are rich in protein. “I always see these TV shows, of these people eating those crazy things; I’m like, I will never, ever, ever do it,” exclaims Roger. He does oblige Bear by eating or better swallowing the fish eyeballs.
“I have done a lot of things in life, but nothing like that. That was something else. This is something I’m never going to forget,” says an overwhelmed Federer while crossing a cliff.
Reacting to Bear Grylls observation that people would think that Roger slays opponents on field and he would be a natural who loves adrenaline and fear Federer, says, “No. Only on courts! I never do crazy stuff, so this is for me quite new, and challenging, in a way, because I’m a bit of a scared guy, you know, when it comes to these kinds of things.
Bear Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most-recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started on a small island off the UK coast, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits himself against the worst of Mother Nature. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places and endured many months in military rehabilitation, Grylls went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
He then went on to star in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated “Man vs. Wild” TV series, which became one of the most-watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. Since then he has gone on to host more extreme adventure TV shows across more global networks than anyone else in the world, including the BAFTA award-winning The Island with Bear Grylls and BAFTA award-winning Bear Grylls Survival School. In addition, Bear produces and hosts ‘Bear’s Mission with…’ for ITV, NBC’s ‘Running Wild’, ‘Absolute Wild’ for Dragon TV in China and ‘Face the Wild’ for Facebook Watch. He is a number 1 bestselling Author, an Honorary Colonel to the Royal Marine Commandos and the youngest-ever Chief Scout, and inspiration to fifty million Scouts worldwide.