Among the many regrets of this troubled 2020 season, we cannot fail to mention the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since the Second World War. It is needless to deny that Roger Federer was greatly affected by this decision, as the Swiss hoped to redeem the heinous 2019 hoax to win his ninth title in the Championships.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to make up for it next year, when he also tries to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The former World number 1 presented his line of personalized shoes on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of his first success in Wimbledon, which still represents the greatest joy of his entire career.
Pressed by a fan’s question, Federer went back to his memory retracing his first appearances on Church Road.
Federer on Wimbledon
“I was in rock music because my coach had long hair like I did. I liked AC DC, Metallica, skateboarding and basketball culture – Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’ Neal” – Roger Federer said.
“That was my life for me at that time. That was the beginning of 2000 for me.I like culture. Just travelling, seeing cities, places, it was an amazing time for me to get around the world like this at an young age.”
The Swiss Maestro also spoke about what he was going to miss most about not playing at Wimbledon: “As usual the crowds. I know the tournament organisation, the Village, the strawberries and cream, the tradition, the ivy on the walls – the purple and the green.
The grass – I love playing on grass. Centre Court is our holy grail. A lot of things to miss. And this was just in 30 seconds what I told you.” Everyone still remembers last year’s memorable finale, in which the Swiss had come a step away from the title.
Two match points were not enough against an indomitable Novak Djokovic, who imposed himself in the decisive tiebreak at the end of one of the most exciting games ever. Federer has only played one tournament this season – the Australian Open – before knee surgery ended his campaign.
The situation worsened when he needed a second operation in shortly after the ATP Tour was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis, but he has provided a positive update to fans. “I already feel better,” he explained. “I am not yet at a level that I can play tennis, but I am confident that I am 100% ahead of next season”.