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Tennis-Federer suggests Wimbledon's comeback on a surprise visit

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London — A This week, Wimbledon was left with a gap in the hole when Roger Federer's name was missing from the men's draw for the first time since 1998, but the great Swiss man made a surprise appearance at the All England Club. He hinted that he could return to his favorite hunting ground. Sunday.

"This court has given me the greatest victory and the greatest loss. I hope I can come back again," Federer radiantly shouted with approval. Screamed to the 15,000 spectators.

Wimbledon's favorite son was excited when he replaced his usual tennis white with a dark suit and tie and joined many Wimbledon champions in the 1960s to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Center Court. I was given a standing ovation.

The eight champions are Billie Jean King, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, Stefan Edberg, Venus Williams and Swiss big four rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. ..

A loud cheer was heard as the champions paraded one by one to the center court, but when a man who was considered Wimbledon's royal family appeared to greet, a deafening roar was all over. It echoed around the vast grounds of the England Club. Subject of his gratitude.

Switzerland hasn't played a competitive match since bowing to Hubert Hurkacz in last year's championship quarterfinals. The 6-0 hit he received in the final set is still a painful memory.

A few weeks later, he announced that he needed another surgery on his knee and was already celebrating his 40th birthday, so fans were fans of Federer's silk. There was a fear that such racket skills would never be seen again in competition.

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Federer, who will turn 41 next month, just promised to play at a local tournament and Laver Cup in Basel later this year, but on Sunday. Seems to be happy to be back. As a long-haired teenager, on stage he made his name by defeating Pete Sampras.

"I was fortunate enough to play a lot of games on this court. It's awkward to be here in another type of role today," said white tennis shoes and purple. Federer said he completed the outfit with the Wimbledon membership badge on his collar.

"It's great to be here with all the other champions."

12 months ago, Federer's match collapsed brilliantly. , The crowd was surrounded by unpleasant silence.

When the Swiss came out to the left, even he didn't know if his aged body would allow him to return and compete again in the spiritual home of tennis on the grass. It was.

"I missed it here. I knew I was going out here last year, but it's going to be a tough year. It's going to take so long to come back. You might not have thought, your knees were rough, "added 20 Grand Slam champions who had multiple knee surgeries.

"It's been a good year, regardless of tennis ... I'm happy to be here now." (Report by Pritha Sarkar, edited by Ed Osmond)