Roger Federer’s absence from the men’s draw at Wimbledon this week—the first time since 1998—left a huge void, but the Swiss great gave a clue that he might return by making a surprise cameo at the All England Club on Sunday.
“My biggest victories and my biggest defeats have both come in this court. I’m hoping to return once again “Federer informed the cheering crowd of 15,000 people at full capacity.
Wimbledon’s favourite son participated in the centennial celebrations of Centre Court by donning a dark suit and tie instead of his customary tennis whites, to a thunderous standing ovation.
The eight-time champion entered the tennis arena last after Billie Jean King, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, Stefan Edberg, Venus Williams, and the Swiss’ Big Four rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray had all arrived.
A resounding shout resounded over the expansive grounds of the All England Club when the man regarded as Wimbledon royalty made an appearance to welcome his grateful subjects. Loud cheers could be heard as the champions strolled into Centre Court one by one.