Swiss journalist courts controversy with her greeting of Roger Federer


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Swiss journalist courts controversy with her greeting of Roger Federer

It's no secret that Roger Federer is loved and liked by everyone, even media. However, after his Australian Open win over Marin Cilic on January 28th, a Swiss media presenter came under the eye of a controversial storm.

Denise Langenegger, who is a presenter with the Swiss TV channel SRF, greeted the Swiss in a somewhat ill-appropriate manner [refer the video below] and was criticised for doing so. Clarifying her action to the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, Langenegger said, 'The spectators in the arena and the organisers, technicians and TV producers in the backstage area, where the interview took place, were full of joy and emotion.

I was so happy for Roger Federer, that in that extraordinary moment I reacted more as a person and less as a journalist. It was a live interview situation, in a place where it was loud and intense; I tried to focus on my interview.

It was an exceptional situation, thousands of people [who were] full of joy and emotions. I lost the journalistic distance for a moment. That was a mistake.' 'I have been reporting on tennis for almost 20 years. I know him through my journalistic work,' she said.

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