Roger Federer will turn 39 next August and will have to wait until 2021 to give a new assault on the Wimbledon title. The 2020 edition of the Championships will not be held because of the pandemic, a shock for the whole world of tennis that has been stopped for a month and a half now.
The Swiss champion also hoped to redeem the atrocious hoax suffered in the final last year against Novak Djokovic. Former British No 1 Tim Henman believes Roger Federer could be the biggest loser following the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon Championships.
“In the context of Federer being the oldest by some way, Wimbledon is now 15 months away once again and at this stage of his career, that is a very long way. There will be no-one more disappointed than him that this Wimbledon has been cancelled,” said Henman to Tennis365.
“When you are 38 and will be 39 later this year, it is a long period of time to wait for your favourite tournament. He will be keen to get back out there. Normally, when there is a catastrophe, it is a disaster that affects a country or a region if it is an earthquake, a flood or a famine.
This has shut down the whole world, so whether you are a tennis player or whatever job you have, it will have a significant impact on you" - he added. Tim has revealed that branded merchandise for Wimbledon 2020 will be available: “There are towels available for Wimbledon 2020.
I was speaking to the commercial director and obviously they have got tens of thousands of towels and they are confident that they are going to sell like h*t cakes because it is the 2020 Championships that never happened.
The balls will all be branded up with 2020 on them as well, so we will see what we can do with them. There is a lot of organising to be done on what we can do next and a lot of positive work that will go on from here”.
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