“Extremely Respected by Swiss People”: Roger Federer Reveals Why He Loves Giving Back to His Home-Country

Published 05/15/2021, 2:14 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Roger Federer is inarguably one of the most adorned global sportspersons in the world. Thus, he could choose to go and live anywhere and feel at home. But as down-to-earth as he is, his heart both roots and blooms in his home country Switzerland.

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LILLE, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland talks with Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the draw during previews for the Davis Cup Tennis Final between France and Switzerland at the Place du Theatre on November 20, 2014 in Lille, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

As the Ambassador of Switzerland Tourism, Federer took part in an ad campaign with Hollywood legend Robert De Niro promoting the Swiss’ nonchalance ambiance. He now answered why he likes giving back to his country.

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Roger Federer on being the Ambassador of Switzerland Tourism

Over the past two decades, Roger Federer has been the face of tennis for his admirable on and off-court personality. For the same reason, he has a vast following in his home country.

But while the 20-time Grand Slam champion called it unrealistic, he also tends to enjoy it. “Sometimes it’s a bit exaggerated at the same time it’s pretty cool,” Federer said. (All quotes are translated from French to English via Google Translate).

Furthermore, the tennis maestro expressed that it is the high regard more than any admiration that wins his heart. Henceforth, he puts his time and effort into paying back the same to his people.

“It’s very nice because I find that I am extremely respected by the Swiss people,” Federer admitted. “This is why I am happy to give back to Switzerland as much as possible now in my role as Ambassador of Switzerland Tourism.” 

At 39, Roger has big plans as a professional tennis player and a citizen of Switzerland and the world. Besides that, he also has high hopes for his acting skills in the recent Tourism ad.

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Due to two knee surgeries, Federer did not play in 2020 after the Australian Open. After 13 months of wait, he returned to the Qatar Open 2021 and played two matches.

Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer wearing a mask as he walks out before his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

However, the Swiss maestro felt he needed more training and withdrew from all corresponding tournaments. He is now ready to play his first clay-court tournament at the ATP 250 Geneva Open.

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Chasing his maiden title in Geneva, Federer must endure a test of a strong players’ field. He will start his campaign against either Jordon Thompson or Pablo Andujar in the second round.

Hopefully, Federer is here to stay, and fans would see him through the entirety of the 2021 season. Are you excited to see Federer back on clay?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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