Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has finally broken his silence on the coronavirus pandemic urging people to stay at home and follow the guidelines of the local government. The 38 year old is currently at home in Switzerland as he underwent knee surgery in February.
In his message, Federer commented, "I'm also staying home and I haven’t been shaking anybody’s hands for quite some time now. Obviously, I wash my hands very frequently as we’re supposed to. I believe helping each other is more important now than ever.
Especially because we want to help the older generation. They’re the ones at highest risk and we need to help them by keeping a distance of two metres and not shake hands. It’s really important to take these rules seriously.
Very very seriously. Eventually, we could all be in quarantine and not be able to leave the house anymore so I really hope all of us take it very seriously." Federer was due to return for the grass court season after his knee surgery but there are some doubts if the tournaments on grass will go on as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Switzerland, the death toll due to the pandemic has crossed 40 with over 4,800 people having been tested positive for the virus and Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset has said hospitals were reaching the limits of their capacity.
Federer did not comment on the decision of the French Tennis Federation to move the dates of the French Open to September, which clashes with the Laver Cup event, which is organized by his company.
🗣Roger just posted on Instagram story calling everyone to protect yourself and others amid the #coronavirus pandemic #COVID19 #StaySafeStayHome @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/mypYWXIAM6 — Scarlett♡RF (@Scarlett_Li) March 20, 2020