Rousing Reception: Crowd Erupts for Federer’s Wimbledon Return After Retirement

Rousing Reception: Crowd Erupts for Federer’s Wimbledon Return After Retirement

Roger Federer was met with a heart-warming display of affection from tennis fans at Wimbledon as he returned to the court following his retirement last year. An emotional video montage paying tribute to the eight-time Wimbledon champion greeted a Centre Court audience, leaving a sentimental Federer unable to fight back tears.

Accompanied by wife Mirka, parents Robbie and Lynette Federer and agent Tony Godsick in the royal box, Federer’s seat was left empty alongside Kate Middleton – the crowd rising to their feet to welcome him before play got underway. The outpouring of love and admiration for the sports icon was clear to see, marking a fitting farewell at perhaps the most special place of all in Federer’s long tennis career.

Federer Mania was well on the Centre Court at Wimbledon this year, as the legendary Swiss tennis icon took in a standing ovation from an emotional crowd eager to honour him. Last year’s unfortunate exit had left Federer wanting to return to the very court he has come to be synonymous with, but his recovery from knee surgery put this ambition into question.

It was only months later that the indomitable Federer announced his retirement from professional tennis, but not before the crowd at the 2021 Laver Cup had been treated to one last glimpse of greatness. Nonetheless, there was still unfinished business for Federer, who made it clear that he would be returning to Wimbledon for a few days during this year’s tournament.

Confirmation came soon after that the Wimbledon committee had organised a special ceremony in Federer’s honour for the second day of the tournament. Yesterday proved to be an emotional affair for everyone present as fans paid tribute to their hero with thunderous applause and chants. It truly was a unique occasion that encapsulated the incredible career of one of the finest sportsmen of our time.

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