Iconic Wimbledon presenter: Roger Federer is the best for everything he stands for
Legendary Wimbledon presenter Sue Barker felt Roger Federer was the best possible ambassador for the game with his style and popularity among fans. Federer, 41, retired from professional tennis after this year’s Laver Cup.
Federer, who finished his career with 20 Grand Slams, lost the battle for the all-time Grand Slam record. Even though Federer didn’t manage to beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam record battle, some still feel it’s Federer who deserves to be considered as the greatest of all time.
Barker acknowledged that Nadal and Djokovic are two astonishing champions, but suggested that Federer is “the tennis.”
Barker: Federer is the best for everything he stands for
“We have been blessed to watch this incredible era of the sport and all three of these great players will be remembered as greats of the game,” Barker told Tennis365.
“Djokovic might well end up with the most Grand Slam titles and what Nadal has achieved at the French Open with his 14 titles is just incredible. But I look at the way they play and Roger Federer made the game look so easy.
Also, the role model he was to kids and his popularity around the world is second to none. He has been voted the most popular player for 20 years in a row. We were so lucky to have him playing until he was 40 and for me, I would still say at the moment that Roger is the best for everything he stands for and what he has given the sport.
I was very fortunate to be part of the Parade of Champions on middle Sunday at Wimbledon this year and Roger came over to take part. We didn’t know he was coming until half an hour before so it was very exciting.”
This year, Federer attended the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Barker, a legendary Wimbledon presenter who stepped down from her role after this year’s Wimbledon edition, also took part in the Parada of Champions.