Roger Federer is a reference point for many people, including those who are deaf. In fact, the Swiss Deaf Society named the 19-time Grand Slam time champion 'Sign of the year'. The gesture is of Federer tying a bandana behind his head, as he does in every match.
In sign language, Federer is represented by his bandana. That sign usually originates from a “prominent visible characteristic”. Federer "succeeds" Donald Trump, who got the award last year for the sign of imitating his unique hairstyle with one’s hand.
Federer thanked for the recognition and also invited a few of its members to help him with his sign and some simple sentences. The association said: 'With good humour and co-ordination, he was soon able to introduce himself to sign language.' Story by Swiss Info ALSO READ: Auger-Aliassime says he's long been aware of sharing birthday with Federer .