Roger Federer: “I traveled by tram without a ticket!”

Roger Federer’s 2021 was certainly not unforgettable on the tennis court. The Swiss champion has played just 13 official matches and did not go beyond the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The former world number 1, back from a couple of knee surgeries last year, never seemed even close to an acceptable condition.

A not impossible draw allowed him to enter the top eight at the Championships, before a resounding blow against Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. The 20-time Grand Slam champion left London with bad feelings, so much so that it remained his last match of the season.

On the evening of Sunday 15 August, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the umpteenth time. King Roger was seen walking on crutches during the Laver Cup in Boston and his coach Ivan Ljubicic admitted there is no firm plan for his return to the tour.

Recently, the city of Basel decided to name a tram after its most important athlete. In a long interview with Basel Live, the Swiss answered a series of interesting questions. At one point, he was asked if he ever traveled on the tram without buying a ticket.

Federer and his tram journeys

Roger told: “I have to admit it has happened a few times, especially when it came to short distances. I’ve never been caught doing it. I have had the GA travelcard (the Swiss travelcard) for many years, so I rarely have to buy a ticket. In general, I believe that fairness is extremely important.

I have also followed this principle during my tennis career. I really did a lot when I was younger. I remember very well that I sat behind the driver to better observe the journey. Alternatively, when I wanted to listen to some music, I would go and sit at the end of the tram.”

We recall that Roger Federer should come back on the court for the Australian Swing 2022, playing on Melbourne Park for the upcoming Australian Open 2022. Also Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams should come back for the Australian Slam.