Roger Federer: ‘It feels a bit strange to present yourself on…’

Roger Federer was not exactly a protagonist on the tennis court in 2021. The Swiss legend has in fact played just 13 official matches this year, racking up nine wins against four defeats. His big goal was Wimbledon, where the 40-year-old from Basel went all the way to the quarters (thanks also to a not impossible scoreboard). When it looked like the King was close to top condition, there was a peremptory beating against Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. That was also the last game the 20-time Grand Slam champion played this season. A few weeks later, the former world number 1 announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the past year and a half. Roger hopes to return to the pitch in 2022 for one final runway, but there are no guarantees in this regard. Federer still walks on crutches and there is no clear plan for his return to the tour. Meanwhile, the Swiss has inaugurated a tram named after him in Basel (his hometown). Interviewed by ‘Basel Live’, the Maestro revealed that he was also involved in the design of the tram (called ‘Federer Express’ or ‘FedExpress’).

Federer’s ATP Rankings took a massive hit

“Well, it was a long process,” Roger Federer said. “And I have to say, it feels a bit strange to present yourself on a tram. It was therefore important for me that it is a tram for the city, not for me.” According to Federer, it was important that the tram provided an enjoyable ride to the general commuters. As such, the Swiss ensured that the tram displayed various highlights from his career and information about his childhood. “People should enjoy watching the tram,” Federer added. “The tram is therefore provided with highlights of my career and moments of success. In addition, there are also various further information about my career or childhood inside the tram to read. It’s a very special moment for me,” the Swiss said. “I greatly appreciate this appreciation that I am shown here in Basel. It’s a great honor.” This year, Federer had to withdraw from French Open after a third-round win, citing injury risk. Let’s see if the Swiss maestro will consider the Monte-Carlo director’s suggestion in 2022. Due to fewer matches in the 2021 season, Federer’s ATP Rankings took a massive hit. Consequently, he dropped out of the Top 10 rankings for the first time since January 2017.