Roger Federer: ‘People drifted into poverty or lost friends’

Roger Federer is back. In Doha, the debut after 13 months of inactivity was bittersweet: first a painful victory against Daniel Evans, then the defeat in three sets against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who then went on to win the tournament. The Swiss appeared in fairly good condition from a physical point of view, although there is still a lot of work to be done to be ready for the big summer events, which are his declared reference points: Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. In the meantime, returning to travel the world, the affection of the fans has also returned. In this video, a fan approaches the Swiss champion to take a selfie. Roger, as always, is very helpful, but the request is very precise: “A little distance, please”. And the fan willingly accepts. The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on everybody. Tennis players have tried to shell out help during the tough period. Tennis legend, Roger Federer also helped many families in Southern Africa and in Switzerland.

Roger Federer’s donations during the coronavirus pandemic

“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. “We financed a meal programme for over 100,000 children and families in southern Africa during school closings, and we initiated a family emergency fund in Switzerland. But 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” – he added. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal will headline the field at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters, along with World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and World No. 4 Dominic Thiem. But 20-time Major champion Roger Federer is not on the entry list released by the ATP, making him the only player from the top 10 missing. The Monte Carlo Masters is scheduled to take place from 10 April to 18 April, behind closed doors. This year will mark the 114th edition of the tournament, after the 2020 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides Federer, Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic are the other top 20 players missing from the entry list. There is still a possibility, however, that any of the three players could request for a last-minute wildcard before the start of the tournament.

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