Roger Federer's 2021 was certainly not unforgettable on the tennis court. The Swiss phenomenon 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 that 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.
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"I have the feeling that I have very rarely driven black. I was never caught doing so," Roger Federer said. "But I had the GA (Switzerland travelcard) for many years and therefore rarely had to buy a ticket.
Basically, I'm not a fan of it, not even in tennis. Fairness and correct behavior are extremely important to me in life. But of course, it certainly happened to me that I got on for a short distance without a ticket."
Roger Federer traveled quite a bit on trams during his early years in Basel. When asked about what sort of music he would listen to during his journeys, the Swiss revealed that his Walkman would most often be playing relaxing music.
"I would hear something relaxing - like I used to be with Walkman or Discman," Federer said. He further revealed that he preferred to sit right towards the rear end of the vehicle. "I still remember well that I liked to look over the shoulder of the tram driver to know what was ahead of me," Roger Federer added.
"And if I didn't read in the front, I like to sit at the very back of the tram." 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.