WIMBLEDON – Roger Federer is confident about his future for the Centennial Court Center: “I hope to be able to return”

Costard-dark tie, jacket and white shoes, All England Club member badge hanging from the jacket, Roger Federer, true to himself, made a very classy appearance this Sunday at Wimbledon, where he was invited by the organizers for a ceremony held on the occasion of the centenary of the stadiums, at the beginning of the opening match on the Court center between Heather Watson and Jule Niemeier.

Beaten last year in the quarterfinals by Hubert Hurkacz, the eight-time Wimbledon winner Switzerland, naked, has not competed in the tournament this year for the first time since 1997 (he had postponed the juniors in 1998 and made his first appearance in the singles gentlemen in 1999). A few weeks after his defeat to Hurkacz, he underwent another knee operation and has been absent from the courts ever since.

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So he was seen again this Sunday on the Center Court during a moving ceremony that paraded a parterre of 23 former champions, from Stan Smith to Novak Djokovic to Stefan Edberg, Margaret Court, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Rod Laver, Björn Borg or Billie Jean King. A ceremony in which Federer spoke in his statement: “I miss Wimbledon. I knew when I left the court last year that the coming year would be tough. I hope to be able to come back again .. I didn’t think it would take that long to get back on track. The knee was not tender with me.

It turned 100 years old this year, which was the legendary Wimbledon Center Court was built and was built and that toured them in its cities in the current precincts of Church Road. From 1877 to 1922, it had taken place a few cables away from Worple Road. Faced with the growing success of the event, which became increasingly popular, especially thanks to the exploits of the Frenchwoman Suzanne-Lenglen, the organizers decided to move to a larger site.

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