In addition to collecting countless awards, Roger Federer has contributed to increasing the popularity of tennis in every corner of the world. The Swiss phenomenon hasn't had an easy time over the past two years, having had to deal with a serious right knee injury.
Suffice it to say that the former ATP number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber.
A few weeks after the Championships, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced he had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The 40-year-old from Basel is expected to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup.
A few days ago, his presence at the ATP in Basel was confirmed. Given his age and physical condition, Roger is the one with the least chance of the Big 3 to increase his showcase. In a recent interview with 'Punto de Break', WTA number 35 Jil Teichmann admitted that she is a huge fan of Federer.
Federer is a true legend
"I have a lot of respect for [Rafael Nadal], besides he is left-handed and I have affection for him, but the thing is that Roger Federer... I have to pick Roger Federer [between the two]," Jil Teichmann said.
Jil Teichmann also expanded on how she manages to live between Spain and Switzerland, stating that she does not even have a Spanish passport. "People don't know it, but I don't even have a Spanish passport. I speak very good Spanish, yes.
I was born in Barcelona, yes. But I grew up in Switzerland, I went to Swiss school and at home I only speak Swiss," Teichmann said. "Holidays, family... sounds weird but I'm very Swiss." Following the announcement by Wimbledon, several tournaments have been contemplating what steps they should take.
Italian Open for example is considering a blanket ban for the Russian and the Belarusian players. However, the French Open organizers have revealed their stance on the issue. Roland Garros revealed that they will not be imposing any restrictions on any players.
This is with regards to their country or their country’s political stance. But a French outlet RMC Sport revealed this, and everyone is still waiting for a confirmation by the French Tennis Federation. Rublev won his 11th ATP title at the Serbia Open, by defeating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.