“Let’s Go Basel”: Roger Federer Takes a Break From Tennis and Enjoys Home Team’s Game

Published 08/12/2021, 8:59 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against John Millman of Australia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


After the Wimbledon Championships disappointment, Roger Federer has taken a break from Tennis and withdrawn from Toronto and Cincinnati events ahead of the US Open 2021. Meanwhile, he enjoyed his home soccer team FC Basel 1893’s UEFA Europa Conference match against Hungarian Ujpest Football Club.

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The Swiss soccer club registered a 6-1 aggregate win in the third round qualifying match, winning it 4-0 at home. The Tennis maestro cheering in the crowd made the victory even more special.

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Federer showed unwavering support to Switzerland’s national soccer team at the Euro 2020 Cup. Now, with the resumption of regular league season, he has switched to back to supporting his local club in the European competition.

Roger Federer enjoys FC Basel 1983 vs Ujpest Football Club live from the VIP box

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was in good spirits during the Basel-Ujpest match. He was engrossed in the game and cheered with the entire crowd from his VIP box when FC Basel scored.

Federer even posed for the shutterbugs with whom he enjoyed the match. Thus, it would be assume that he had a positive end to his day.

After the match, the club’s official Twitter hangle added a picture of him standing on the turf. Federer sported a dark colored t-shirt, perhaps aware that it would storm the internet if he was pictured in a football jersey.

 

Subsequently, his arch-rival Rafael Nadal unveiled his home soccer club Real Mallorca’s home kit this year. He even flaunted his skills at the unveiling event.

It is fortunate for soccer fans as two living Tennis legends are avid followers of the sport. Moreover, it is good to see them supporting their local clubs.

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What’s next for Federer after Toronto and Cincinnati withdrawals?

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While anything short of the podium is a disappointment by his high standards, Federer put on a great show at the French Open and Wimbledon. But now, he is back to recovering and getting fit for the upcoming US Open 2021.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Basel-born would want to close his 2021 season with a stellar performance in New York. It would be interesting to see if he puts in the extra gear to become the first men’s player to reach 21 Grand Slam titles.

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All in all, it was a refreshing experience to see Federer in the crowd supporting his team. Likewise, fans would hope to cheer for him soon on tennis courts.

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Purav Joshi

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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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