Roger Federer has confirmed he hopes to return to Wimbledon “one more time” after making a special appearance at Wimbledon’s centenary celebration for center court. Wimbledon celebrates the centenary of Center Court after its creation in 1922.
The ceremony began with a video montage featuring highlights from Wimbledon, including clips from the triumphs of Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. As John McEnroe and Sue Barker were discussing Wimbledon history, they were interrupted when Sir Cliff Richards appeared to swoon the crowd with a rendition of “We’re all going on summer vacation”.
And then the champions over the years were introduced to the crowd one by one with the likes of Venus Williams, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg cheering enthusiastically. But the biggest cheer was saved until the end for eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer as he made his way to the court.
Federer hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year after undergoing knee surgery for the third time. He is set to make his Laver Cup return in September and regularly posts updates of his training regime on social media.
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And Federer has even hinted that his final Wimbledon appearance could come next year for John McEnroe. “I had the chance to play a lot of games on this ground. It’s embarrassing to be here today in a different role,” Federer said.
“It’s great to be here with all the other champions. This ground has given me my biggest wins and my biggest losses. I hope I can come back one more time.
“I missed it here. I knew coming out here last year was going to be a tough year ahead. Maybe I didn’t think it was going to take this long to come back – the knee was tough for me .
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