Roger Federer raised the name of Switzerland by becoming one of the most popular athletes of the modern era. To his countless triumphs on the tennis court, the 39-year-old from Basel has been able to combine class and elegance that are unique in his relationship with fans and professionals.
Despite the passing of the years, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has kept his immense charm, so much so that he has been counted as the highest paid sportsman by sponsors. King Roger returned to the field in Doha a few weeks ago, ending a stoppage of over a year caused by a double operation on his right knee.
The new ranking system has allowed him to stay close to the top positions, an aspect not to be underestimated for a player who will turn 40 on August 8th. Thanks to the harsh effects generated by the pandemic on tourism, the eight-time Wimbledon champion has decided to support the campaign promoted by his country.
In an interview that appeared on 'myswitzerland.com', the Maestro declared himself proud to be able to help his compatriots.
Roger Federer returned to tennis in Doha
Speaking more about this, Roger Federer stated, “Well for me, I’ve always felt that I’ve represented Switzerland not just through Olympic Games or team competitions where it says game Switzerland or you see the Swiss flag.
Whenever they’ve said my name there’s always a Swiss flag next to it. I’m very proud to do that for the 22 years I’ve been on Tour”. The eight-time Wimbledon champion added, “I’ve always felt like an ambassador to the country.
A lot of people have already told me that besides chocolate and mountains and stuff. People always revert back to me and say oh you’re from Switzerland, oh Federer comes from there. For me to do this was not just a logical step but just important to me.
I’m so proud to be from here. For me, it didn’t take much time to think about it. For me, it was important that all the money you pay me, I give it on for a good cause for charity. We’re going to be building playgrounds, that was an important aspect for me as well.
In the end, I’m doing all this for free and I’m proud to be an ambassador for this country anyhow”. The 103 ATP title winner also wants to be remembered for his work for the children. “Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be as famous for my philanthropic journey as I am for tennis,” Federer said.