Federer ‘visited Wimbledon’ as hopes of joining BBC coverage grow

Roger Federer reportedly paid the All England Club a visit last week as he continues to explore the option of joining the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage. According to the Daily Mail, the tournament’s eight-time champion was spotted in SW19 last week with the club said to be looking for a way to recognise him following his retirement in September.

Federer was recently said to be in “advanced talks” with the BBC to join their coverage of Wimbledon this summer as the broadcaster seeks a shake-up following the departure of Sue Barker. While it remains to be seen what role the Swiss star will take on if any, the chances of seeing him at the All England Club this summer have grown after he reportedly made a visit last week.

It marks the second time since his retirement at September’s Laver Cup that the 20-time Major champion has been seen at Wimbledon as he popped in last November with some time to kill before a flight. And it comes as Wimbledon is said to be exploring an avuenue for “some kind of recognition and role for him going forward, but its form has yet to be determined,” according to the Mail.

While a role within Wimbledon and the Club is yet to be determined, Federer is increasingly expected to appear on the BBC’s broadcast of the pretigious tournament this summer in some form of a punditry or commentator role, though this will likely be in a limited capacity.

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Federer vowed to stay involved in tennis when he announced his retirement last year but did not know what type of role he would take on. “Commentating the odd match or giving back in this way, I guess I could imagine it,” the 41-year-old said ahead of his last dance at the Laver Cup. “Sometimes you watch matches because of the commentary and less about the match itself.” 

The eight-time Wimbledon champion last visited the club in November and suffered a blunder when he was refused entry after forgetting his membership card. Federer shared the hilarious story during an appearance on the Daily Show a few weeks later.

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