Roger Federer visits All England Club again as some details emerge about possible Wimbledon-BBC role
Roger Federer paid the All England Club (AELTC) another visit last week with a report suggesting that his latest appearance at SW19 involved discussions about “some kind of recognition and role for him going forward” at Wimbledon as well as his impending work with the BBC.
The eight-time Wimbledon champion missed last year’s tournament due to his long-standing knee injury, although he made an appearance at the All England Club as part of the Centre Court’s 100-year celebrations.
Not long after he announced his retirement from the sport, but in October last year it emerged that he was in talks with the BBC about taking up a role at the 2023 tournament.
Federer, AELTC and the BBC have all kept their cards close to their chests, but the Swiss great visited SW19 in early December, to the surprise of not only pundits, but also one security guard who didn’t recognise him.
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Another report earlier this year stated that they were in advanced talks and the 20-time Grand Slam winner has now made a second trip to the All England Club with the Daily Mail’s Mike Dickson delivering the scoop.
“Roger Federer was sighted at the All England Club last week, his second visit in recent months,” he wrote.
“Wimbledon is exploring some kind of recognition and role for him going forward, but its form has yet to be determined.”
There had been talk that Federer could take up a role as a co-commentator, analyst or even have his own show at Wimbledon.
But it appears his involvement will be on a “limited basis”.
Dickson added: “It remains expected that he will have some involvement as commentator/pundit in the BBC’s coverage this year, although that is likely to be on a limited basis.”
A recent extract from the new book The Roger Federer Effect – serialised by CNN – has also raised doubts about whether or not Federer would be suitable as a commentator.
Former Nike tennis director Mike Nakajima said: “I can’t imagine he will be a commentator; nothing against that. But I’m sure he is thinking about other things.
“He’s such a savvy guy; if you’re a company, who wouldn’t want somebody like Roger working with you? I think he’ll branch out into other things. And his name will live on forever as one of the best athletes of all time.”
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