On Tuesday, when he was honoured at a short ceremony for his career and his men’s-record eight Wimbledon singles titles, Roger Federer was greeted by fans, including Princess Kate, with a standing ovation of 112 minutes as he entered the Royal Box at Centre Court.
The retired Federer walked to his seat and took a seat between his wife, Mirka, and the Princess of Wales in the special section above one of the baselines in the Grand Slam tournament’s main stadium. He was wearing a cream-colored suit with his purple All England Club member’s pin on a lapel, a striped shirt, and a polka-dot tie.
The cheers and roars at the wet Day 2 of the grass-court tournament that Federer once controlled cascaded beneath the closed retractable roof as Federer waved and touched his chest while shouting, “Thank you,” several times.
Federer was recognised for “his contributions to tennis — and, in particular, to these very special lawns,” according to an announcer before to the start of play at Centre Court.
Federer, whose 42nd birthday is on August 8, announced his retirement at the conclusion of the previous year after undergoing many knee surgery.
At the All England Club in 2021, he lost his last game, a quarterfinal defeat against Hubert Hurkacz.
The first of Federer’s 20 career Grand Slam victories, which he won at Wimbledon in 2003, were included in a video highlight reel that was shown at the event on Tuesday. Federer played, won, and spoke in highlights from Wimbledon. That was the beginning of a streak of five straight victories that continued until 2007. Additional titles were then won there in 2009, 2012, and 2017.
By winning a fifth consecutive championship and his eighth overall at Wimbledon this year, Novak Djokovic, who won his first-round match on Monday, is attempting to catch Roger Federer’s record. The woman with the most victories at the competition is Martina Navratilova, who won the women’s singles crown nine times.
“Even when I quit, the competition continues. The event is greater than any player who has ever existed, Federer remarked in a younger interview that was included in the movie on Tuesday. “I really look forward to the day when I retire and can just come back and have tea time,” the speaker said.
Shots of several players praising Federer were intermingled throughout the movie.
The legend Roger. The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur observed, “He makes every shot appear simple. Alex De Minaur praised Federer for his “masterful elegance on a tennis court.” ‘Inspiration,’ Taylor Fritz said of him. Iga Swiatek, the current women’s No. 1, called Federer a “really special player,” while Coco Gauff referred to Federer as a “icon.”