Roger Federer explains why he turned down BBC role at 2023 Wimbledon



by DZEVAD MESIC

Roger Federer explains why he turned down BBC role at 2023 Wimbledon

Roger Federer says commentating on tennis matches just one year retiring didn't sit well with him. Earlier this year, it was heavily rumored that Federer would be a part of BBC's 2023 Wimbledon coverage. But in late May, Federer took part in a Q&A session on Twitter.

During the Q&A session, Federer answered to a fan "there were no plans to commentate on matches this year." This week, Federer was honored in Halle, where he is a record 10-time champion. There, Federer explained why he decided against commentating on tennis matches during this year's Wimbledon.

Federer on why he won't be commentating on tennis matches in 2023

"First I thought it would be cool to comment on matches of the generation of players I played against. I know them best. But becoming a commentator in the year after my retirement didn't feel right.

Maybe I will commentate one day, maybe never," Federer said, per Simon Graf. Federer, who finished his career with 20 Grand Slams, owned the all-time Grand Slam record for quite some time. Then, Federer was caught by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as at one point all three had 20 Grand Slams.

Now, Djokovic owns a record 23 Grand Slams - Nadal is second with 22 - Federer is the third with 20. In Halle, Federer was asked if Djokovic should now be considered the greatest of all times. "What is better? Winning Wimbledon at 17 like Becker or Paris at 36 like Novak? I don't know.

What he has achieved is absolutely gigantic. It could be sufficient. But I think as long as Rafa is still playing, too, you can't answer that definitively yet," Federer said. Also in Halle, Federer revealed that he still follows tennis and occasionally plays tennis in his backyard.

But since retiring, Federer has only occasionally played tennis with his kids as he is still working on getting the old strength in his knee.

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