via Associated Press
TENNIS – The king of the grass has returned to his country. On Sunday, July 3rd, the people of London were surprised to see Roger Federer wandering the halls of the Grand Slam tournament.
Passing through Wimbledon, the eight-time winner of the English tournament did not go unnoticed. And for good reason, this was not saved in the 135th edition. In reality, it was on the occasion of a prestigious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary Center Court, which hosted some of the greatest matches in Swiss tennis history.
When Roger Federer walked in, he received a special round of applause from the crowd on the Wimbledon center court.
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“I hope I can come back once again,” Roger Federer, who hasn’t played in competition since he was knocked out of the London Grand Slam quarterfinals last year due to a knee injury, told Wimbledon.
“I miss Wimbledon. When I left the court last year, I knew the coming year was going to be tough,” added the 40-year-old Swiss, who won eight Majors on turf and is the most successful tennis player in London to date.
“I didn’t think it would take this long to get back on track. The knee was not kind to me,” he added.
The prestigious meeting of the “Big Four”
Next to him this Sunday at the most legendary spot on the tennis courts were twenty-three other tennis tournament winners, from Stan Smith (winner in 1972) to Novak Djokovic (seeking the 7th trophy) through Stefan. Edberg (1988, 1990).
Record holder of 24 Grand Slam titles Margaret Court (1963, 1965, 1970), Chris Evert (1974, 1976, 1981), John McEnroe (1981, 1983, 1984), Rod Laver (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969), Björn Borg ( There was also 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980) or Billie Jean King (1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975). The only thing missing was the record holder of nine Wimbledon titles, Czechoslovak-born American Martina Navratilova.
On the other hand, at this summit meeting, the four members of the “Big Four” came together again. A rare opportunity to (re)see the quartet that has dominated the international men’s circuit since the late 2000s.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic reunited with other sports legends for a big family photo.
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“It is an absolute honor and privilege to stand with the legends of our sport who paved the way for me and many generations. I am more nervous than when I played”, relies on “Djoko” who will play the last 16 rounds on the same court this afternoon.
“My first tennis image was when I was 4-5 years old and I saw Pete Sampras win his fourth Wimbledon. From there I dreamed of playing here. And the dream came true,” he said.
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