Former FFT president pays tribute to Roger Federer

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Former FFT president pays tribute to Roger Federer

Roger Federer's countless fans will have to wait for the beginning of 2021 to see their favorite on the tennis court again. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has only played in the Australian Open this year, where he also achieved a very good semi-final.

The former World number 1 then went to Cape Town for the charity show with Rafael Nadal, thanks to which $ 3.5 million was raised and the spectator record for a tennis match was broken. The Swiss was supposed to defend the title in Dubai a few weeks later, but he decided to have surgery on his right knee to resolve an injury that had plagued him for some time.

The goal was to get back to competing just in time for the start of the season on grass. The outbreak of the Coronavirus emergency ruined his plans, as Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II and the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.

If that was not enough, the first rumors emerged that Roger's rehabilitation was not proceeding as expected. A news confirmed by Severin Luthi and then by Federer himself, forced to undergo a new operation on the same limb.

Through his social profiles, the 38-year-old from Basel has announced that he wants to take all the time he needs to get back in shape next season. Meanwhile, former French Federtennis president Jean Gachassin has given a long interview to the transalpine weekly Midi Olympique.

Looking back on his experience in the tennis world, Gachassin praised the style and elegance of the Swiss phenomenon.

Gachassin on Roger Federer

"I have dozens of memories. When he met me Roger Federer would say to me: “Jean, I know that you were a great champion.

I love rugby. I have a lot of respect for you, "that's quite a tribute from him" - Jean Gachassin said. Federer can have an off-year on the court and still rake in more money than most athletes. The glamorous athlete serves as the face of many products that have nothing to do with tennis, including Rolex and Uniqlo.

Maria Sharapova was the highest-paid women’s player for 11 years, representing Canon, even when she won few tournaments. In 2018, she won just over $1.3 million in tournaments and $9.5 in endorsements. Roger Federer charges a cool $1 million to show up for a small tournament. Rafa and Novak Djokovic aren’t far behind.