On January 20th, a new edition of the Australian Open starts, an event in which we will see Roger Federer in action again. The Swiss Maestro will not play any tournament before the first Slam of the year. The former World number 1 was criticized a few days ago by activist Greta Thunberg, who reproached him for his role as Ambassador of Credit Suisse, a bank accused by environmentalists of investing large amounts of money in the exploitation of oil fields.
Directly from Melbourne, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has decided to respond to the accusations. "I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bush fires," read a statement from Federer sent to Reuters.
"As the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviours and act on innovative solutions.
‘We owe it to them and ourselves to listen. I appreciate reminders of my responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I’m committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors."
Credit Suisse also responded: "Combating global warming is important. Credit Suisse respects freedom of expression as a fundamental democratic right. [However,] to protect its clients, employees and branches, it does not tolerate unlawful attacks on its branches, irrespective of the perpetrators and their motives."