From Featuring on Coins to Starring on a Tram, Know About the Honors That Roger Federer Has Received in Switzerland

Published 10/23/2021, 11:10 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs


20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of all time in the history of tennis. He has earned a huge name in the sport and has inspired thousands throughout his career.

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Undoubtedly, Roger Federer has brought a lot of glory to his homeland, Switzerland. He’s possibly one of the greatest ever Swedish exports, along with chocolates and watches, of course. Here is a list of the few honors that the 40-year-old has received in Switzerland so far.

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The Federer Express

Recently, Federer received a special honor in Switzerland as a tram has been named after him in his hometown, Basel. The blue colored tram is plastered by pictures of the Swiss Maestro. Interestingly, it has been named ‘Federer Express’.

 

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Federer himself went to the inauguration and wrote a special message on his Instagram handle after sharing his picture with the tram.

“Hopping aboard the Fedexpress! Thank you for the incredible honor. It feels like just yesterday I was a boy getting to practice everyday on No.8. Dangge Basel,” wrote Federer.

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The Swiss Coin

In 2019, Federer became the first living person to feature on the Swiss coin. Back then, the Swiss government announced that it would issue 55,000 such silver coins in which Federer can be seen hitting a backhand by the next year. The value for the same is 20 franc ($21).

The government took such a decision because it considers Roger as one of the biggest ambassadors that the country has ever produced. Thus, it incorporated Federer’s image on the silver coin when he was just 38-years-old and still playing the sport.

1 Allee Roger Federer

In 2016, Federer inaugurated a street that was named after him. It is located in Biel, Switzerland, and is called 1 Allee Roger Federer. Intriguingly, very few people have received such an honor in the European nation to date.

Interestingly, it was in Biel where Roger used to train as a junior. He practiced frequently in the city and thus, when the idea to rename the street came forward, the Mayor could not think of anyone expect the Swiss Maestro.

The locomotive train named after Federer

Surprisingly, there was a Federer Express even before the tram that has been recently named after Federer. It was a locomotive train that came into limelight in 2011. Intriguingly, it was one of the first things that the Swiss government decided to name after the Swiss Maestro.

“I have never named a locomotive before, let alone one bearing my own name,” said Federer back then in an interview.

Just like the tram, the train too had a picture of Roger along with his initials. He went there himself for the inauguration of the train in Basel.

When Federer appeared on a postal stamp

Federer gained worldwide recognition after his undisputed reign of World No.1 from 2004 to 2007. In order to honor him, the Swiss government issued a postal stamp in 2007 in which one could see Federer holding his fourth Wimbledon title.

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The 40-year-old became the first living person to appear on a Swiss postal stamp. Before this, the Swiss stamps didn’t have photos of any celebrities except for the historical figures. It was a 1.00 Swiss franc stamp.

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It is quite evident that in the last two decades, Roger Federer has made his nation proud and taken it to a new pedestal. As a result, fans believe that he rightfully deserves all these honors.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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