Federer was not allowed at Wimbledon

Roger Federer

Roger Federer has finished his tennis career, but he remains a world-class star.

At first glance, all doors should be open for him. But the matter is not so simple.

Two weeks ago, the 41-year-old Swiss was in London for the second stage of knee examinations.

After the medical visit, there were a few hours left before the flight. Roger decided to visit Wimbledon during this time. This turned out to be a big mistake.

“I’ve never been to Wimbledon when the tournament isn’t going on,” Federer speaks on The Daily Show.

Federer visits Trevor Noah at The Daily Show.
Federer visits Trevor Noah at The Daily Show.

“We arrived at the entrance of the complex. I told my coach, Severin Luthi, that I would check with the security lady about the entrance. I got out of the car. I approached her and asked: “Hello, where is the entrance from?”

At this point, Roger had no idea that this would be the beginning of one of the most awkward conversations of his life.

“Hello. Do you have a membership card?” – asks the security guard.

“Do We have one?” – Roger asked his coach. “No, I haven’t. But I’m a member of this club, and I’m just wondering where I can get in.”

“Yes, but you must be a member of the club.”

“I am. I usually come here to play when there are a lot of people. At such times, I enter from the other side. This is the first time I came here when tournament is not going on. That’s why I don’t know where the entrance is from.”

It is from the other side… but you must have a membership card,” – the interlocutor did not give up on the legendary Swiss.

“I have won this tournament eight times”

Wimbledon's main entrance.
Wimbledon’s main entrance.

Unbelievably confused Federer continued his conversation:

“I looked her in the face and started to panic. And then I said something that I’m very, very embarrassed about. I don’t usually say things like that:

“I have won this tournament eight times. Please believe me, I am a member of the club. How can I enter the home?” – the security guard was not swayed even by this argument.

Roger then got back into the car and headed to another entrance to try his luck one more time.

Here a random guy on the sidewalk spotted Roger: “Oh my God, Mr. Federer! I can’t believe you’re here. Can we take a picture?”

Meanwhile, another security guard appeared and recognized Roger easily. Surprised to see him, he allowed him to enter the grounds of Wimbledon.

Finally, Federer visited Wimbledon and had a cup of tea with the president of the All England Club.

“On the way out, I thought I’d go back to the lady and show her I’d gotten in. But I never did,” – Roger tells cheerfully.

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