The third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledonbegan and, by first time in 25 yearsa tournament of the oldest open white sport world will be played without the presence Roger Federermaximum historical winner of this event.
This June 27, the first meetings of the first round of the open held at the All England Club, but beyond the participation of great tennis players such as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Carlos Alcaraz, the individual tournament of the men’s branch has been seen with the great absence of the tennis legend, Roger Federer, who, after a quarter of a century playing this tournament uninterruptedly open has caused low for this 2022.
And it is that the 40-year-old Swiss, considered the best tennis player of all time, He is in the process of recovering his right knee, from which, in August 2021, he underwent surgery that has since kept him away from the tennis courts.. Thus, the historical tradition of Federer and his presence at Wimbledon have been broken.
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The last time that Roger Federer did not attend the British Opennot counting in 2020 due to the cancellation of the tournament due to Covid-19, it was in 1997, the year in which Pete Sampras was crowned in the final against Cédric Piolineand in which tennis players such as Goran Ivanišević, Richard Krajicek, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marcelo Ríos, Petr Korda, Carlos Moyà, and Andre Agassi.
Although the first presentation of Federer at Wimbledon in 1998, it was in the junior tournament and not the main draw with the professionals, the Swiss already showed what was coming for the future by winning the title. And although in 1999, in his debut in the major event, he ended up falling in the first round, only four years were enough for him to In 2003 he won his first official championship at Wimbledon, defeating Australian Mark Philippoussis in the final.
Roger Federer lifting the trophy after winning the Boys Singles Title, July 1998. On June 22, 1999, Federer entered the Wimbledon main draw for the first time at the age of 17. For the first time since 1998, Wimbledon will take place without him gracing the tennis courts.???????? pic.twitter.com/dHiK6n3BQw
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From that moment on, the story of romance between Federer and the All England Clubwhich continued with five consecutive titles between 2003 y 2007.
Subsequently, although the championships came more widely apart, in 2009 y 2012, Federer continued to attend the turf of England as a favorite in every tournament he played. and for the year 2017, The last jewel in the crown arrived, as the Swiss won his eighth Wimbledon title with which he beat William Renshaw and his marks as the top winner of the British Open, a record held by Renshaw for 124 years.
Finally, it is worth noting the fact that the last game he played Federer officially before the Professional Tennis Association (ATP), It was in the same Wimbledon tournament, when he fell in the quarterfinals of the 2021 edition against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
UNFORGETTABLE! Today marks 4 years (07-16-2017) of Federer’s 8th title at Wimbledon, achieving the historical record there beating Sampras. The Swiss defeated Cilic, won his 19th Grand Slam and did so without dropping a set at all of Wimbledon, a feat only Borg had done in 1976. pic.twitter.com/RzyY55bAvN
– Gustavo Goitía (@goitiatenis) July 16, 2021