Wimbledon icon Roger Federer arrives to The Championships (PICS+VIDEO)



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Wimbledon icon Roger Federer arrives to The Championships (PICS+VIDEO)

Record eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has arrived to Wimbledon as he is set to take part in the special celebration that is set to take place regarding the 100th anniversary of the tournament's Centre Court.

Federer, 40, is a true icon at Wimbledon, having won the tournament record eight times.

Federer, who made his Wimbledon debut in 1999, is not participating at The Championships for the first time in over two decades. Federer last played at 2021 Wimbledon, where he reached the quarterfinal before losing to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.

Federer underwent a knee surgery last August and tennis fans were hoping to see the Swiss ready for this year's Wimbledon edition. Unfortunately, Federer didn't recover in time for Wimbledon and he is not competing at the tournament.

However, he is still on the grounds of The All England Club as no way a special Centre Court celebration could happen without his presence.

Rafael Nadal on Federer's Wimbledon absence

Federer lifted his maiden Grand Slam title after beating Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final.

Federer won five consecutive Wimbledon titles between 2003 and 2007, before he suffered a five-set loss to Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final. This week, Nadal said not having Federer competing at Wimbledon is definitely a negative thing.

“Well, it’s a negative thing,” Nadal said. "But the life, that’s the circle of life, you know. Time happens, and the watch, the clock never stops. This kind of stuff we need to get used to. But in a personal way, of course my personal relationship with Roger have been always great, and probably my greatest rival.

At the same time all the things that we shared together on court is something difficult to describe, the emotions, all the things. And of course I personally miss him in the tennis tour, and tennis of course miss him, tournaments, fans, everyone."