In 1922, Wimbledon settled in Church Road and found its place for the next century! On 26 June, King George V and Queen Mary conducted the official opening. Some 45 minutes behind schedule, the King appeared in the Royal Box, gave three blows on a gong and declared Wimbledon’s new home open.
This year, the most prestigious event celebrates the 100 years of its famous Centre Court, and the ceremony will take place ahead of Sunday’s matches. Alongside other legends, an eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer returns to the All England Club, visiting his favorite event despite not competing in the singles main draw for the first time since 1998!
Roger has played only six tournaments and 19 matches since the start of 2020, with the last one coming at the last year’s Wimbledon.
Roger Federer made a surprising Wimbledon visit on Sunday.
The Swiss has struggled with a knee injury and underwent three surgeries to prolong his career and play competitive tennis again.
Roger has been working hard in the gym to recover his physical strength, hoping to play injury-free later this year. Roger reached the 2020 Australian Open semi-final before undergoing surgeries in February and May. He was back on the court in March 2021, playing Doha, Geneva and Roland Garros ahead of his beloved grass swing.
Despite his desire to continue where he left in 2019, Federer experienced his earliest Halle exit before reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era. Roger took down Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego at the All England Club to enter the last eight and set the clash against Hubert Hurkacz.
The Pole proved too strong for the Swiss and defeated him 6-3, 7-6, 6-0. It was one of Roger’s most brutal Major losses, as he experienced the first bagel at Majors since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Hubert was a better player in the opener, and he erased the deficit in the second set to reach a tie break.
Federer sprayed too many errors to fall two sets to love behind. Hubert was the only player on the court in the third set, and Roger admitted that he had nothing left in the tank after set number two. The Swiss underwent the third knee surgery a few weeks later and is yet to compete again.
Federer claimed eight Wimbledon titles between 2003 and 2017, scoring some of his most memorable victories at the grass Major and standing as the most accomplished player in the Open era.