Roger Federer: ‘I am aware that this is only a drop in the ocean’

Roger Federer returned to play in the professional circuit two weeks ago, the return was acceptable, for a player like everyone else it would have been positive, because after all he won a game (against Evans) and then lost in the quarters, fighting, against Basilashvili, who then also won the Doha tournament. Federer is back in training, he has great goals, he wants to be at the top in the summer and has announced that he will play a tournament on red between Madrid and Rome but in the meantime he conquers another sensational record. Because the Swiss started the 1100th week in the top 100 of the world rankings. Federer was already the player with the most weeks in the top 100, but now he has crossed another important milestone and obviously the number 6 in the world rankings will have the opportunity to further improve this record. Of course Nadal and Djokovic run and will try to take away this record, which in itself is and remains incredible. On the podium of the tennis players with the most weeks in the top 100 are two other myths Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors. Federer gave his raw response to the aspect of staying at home with family but worrying about the coronavirus.

Roger Federer describes his contribution

“I enjoyed spending this intensive downtime with my family. But I looked worriedly at the development of the global infection numbers, missed the contact with my parents and friends, and observed with deep concern that people drifted into poverty or lost friends and family to the disease” – Roger Federer explained. Federer described his contribution as ‘only a drop in the ocean’. He donated close to $2 million in Africa and Switzerland, but the Swiss Master is keen to negate the negative consequences of the pandemic. “I am aware that this is only a drop in the ocean. It will take a wave of solidarity to reverse the long-term negative consequences of the pandemic.” In February 2020, before the coronavirus sent the world into lockdown, Federer had also played a charity match alongside, Rafael Nadal, Bill Gates, and Trevor Noah. That match set the record for the most attended tennis match in history. “2020 was most probably an extraordinary year for all of us, characterised by complex emotions and new experiences. In February, I was able to play the unforgettable Match in Africa 6 in Cape Town, South Africa, and celebrate an exhilarating tennis festival with a record-breaking 51,954 fans.”

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