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Wimbledon To Honour Federer With Special Ceremony On Centre Court


July 03, (THEWILL) – Wimbledon will pay tribute to Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis icon, during a special ceremony on Centre Court on the second day of the championships.

The All England Club, in recognition of Federer’s remarkable career and his record of eight gentlemen’s singles titles at Wimbledon, will honour him before the commencement of play. All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton was delighted about Federer’s presence. She said: “We’ll have a moment just to celebrate his achievements and to say thank you for all the memories.”

Federer, who retired in September last year, made a similar appearance at the grass-court event in Halle, Germany last month. Another retired tennis legend, Serena Williams, who was also invited to Wimbledon to be equally celebrated, was unable to attend.

Bolton explained that Williams, aged 41, had been extended an invitation but could not travel due to her pregnancy. Bolton conveyed her well wishes, saying, “We of course wish her lots of luck with the remainder of her pregnancy and we hope maybe we might see her next year.”

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic, the reigning champion, is viewed as the frontrunner to equal Federer’s record of eight men’s singles titles at Wimbledon and secure his 24th Grand Slam victory. That feat will further his perception as one of the greatest of all time.

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