Wimbledon followers welcome again Roger Federer with standing ovation

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Roger Federer acquired a standing ovation of 1½ minutes from spectators and Kate, the Princess of Wales as he entered the royal field at Wimbledon.

Carrying a cream-coloured go well with along with his purple All England Membership member’s pin the retired Federer stood between his spouse, Mirka, and the Princess within the particular part above one of many baselines within the grand slam match’s principal stadium

Federer waved and tapped his chest, repeatedly saying, “Thanks,” because the applause and roars cascaded underneath the closed retractable roof on a wet Day 2 on the grasscourt occasion the place he gained eight of his 20 grand slam titles.

Earlier than the beginning of play at Centre Courtroom, an announcer defined Federer was being honoured for “his contributions to tennis – and, notably, to those very particular lawns.”

Federer, who turns 42 on August 8, introduced his retirement on the finish of final yr following a sequence of knee operations.

The final match of his profession was a quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacz on the All England Membership in 2021.

The ceremony on Tuesday included a video spotlight reel that confirmed clips of Federer enjoying, successful and talking at Wimbledon, the place he gained the primary of his 20 profession grand slam titles in 2003.

That was the beginning of a run of 5 in a row that stretched by 2007, adopted by further championships there in 2009, 2012 and 2017.

Novak Djokovic, who gained his first-round match on Monday, is making an attempt to equal Federer this yr by successful a fifth consecutive trophy and eighth general at Wimbledon.

Martina Navratilova, who gained the ladies’s singles title 9 instances, holds the general document on the match.

“After I cease, the match nonetheless lives on. The match is larger than any participant who’s ever lived,” a youthful Federer stated in an interview proven in the course of the movie on Tuesday.

“I actually stay up for the day the place I retire and I can come again and simply have tea time, you recognize, on the terrace.”

The video included varied gamers talking glowingly of Federer.

“Roger is legend. He makes each shot look straightforward,” 2022 Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur stated. Australian Alex de Minaur spoke of Federer’s “masterful magnificence on a tennis court docket.” Taylor Fritz referred to as him an “inspiration,” Coco Gauff used the phrase “icon,” and present girls’s No.1 Iga Swiatek labelled Federer a “actually particular participant.”


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