Roger Federer is being criticized in Australia for the message dedicated to Alan Jones, a controversial radio host, who announced his retirement from his famous 2GB show after a 35-year of career. The Swiss is one of the most beloved stars in Australia, thanks to his victories, his charisma and the charm that brought him the admiration of many tennis fans across the globe, as no tennis player before him managed to do.
Yet on these days Federer, who is always very attentive to the management of his image on social media, is being severely criticized by many Australians for the message of respect and admiration that he left for Jones, one of the most controversial public figures in the country.
Alan Jones is a famous presenter who, during his 35-year long career, staunchly defended the conservative values of his country. The 79-year-old drew much criticism for the many racist opinions expressed during his programs.
In 2005 he also incited a revolt that brought about 5,000 people to the streets of Sydney who insulted and attacked immigrants and descendants of immigrants. The presenter's plans are criticized and he also has many lawsuits due to his considerations.
YouTube and Sky News Australia deleted Roger Federer's message
Roger Federer's message was deleted in Australia from YouTube and Sky News Australia, although it was sometimes broadcast on some TV channels. Federer's press office has not yet issued any statement, but surely the Swiss will have sent the message on request, without knowing well the criticisms around Jons.
Federer's message said: "Alan, I'm Roger here. I wanted to wish you the best for what's to come and congratulations on an incredible 35-year career in the media career. Take care of yourself and all the best."
Jones replied to Federer: “A delightful surprise. I am very overwhelmed by the messages of support prior to my last day on the radio. "Usain Bolt was among the others who recorded a message for Jones. In the meantime, many Australians are criticizing Roger Federer for what happened, but surely he could not have known that Jons was accused of racism, thus sending the message in good faith.