Matteo Berrettini Calls Roger Federer the Best Ambassador of Tennis

Published 10/22/2021, 10:26 PM EDT
Roger Federer during a match against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Swiss maestro Roger Federer has been the face of tennis for almost two decades now. Undoubtedly, his charisma on the court, and his warm and friendly personality off the court has boosted the sport to newer heights. That is why Italian Matteo Berrettini believes that he is the best ambassador of the sport among the active players.

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On many occasions, the 25-year-old Italian has expressed his admiration for Federer – not only as an inspiration but an example to follow. Accordingly, Berrettini explained in-depth why he picked the Swiss maestro as a representative for tennis.

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Matteo Berrettini on Roger Federer as the ambassador of the sport

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is one of the most recognized global sports icons in the world. However, that isn’t something that makes him Matteo Berrettini‘s ideal candidate for tennis spokesperson. Instead, it is his off-the-camera contributions to the sport that impress the Italian the most.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Hence, when asked who is the best ambassador of the sport, Berrettini naturally responded the name of his childhood idol. Here’s what he said.

“Roger. I admire the example he sets, and the time he gives to the sport off the court and away from the cameras,” Berrettini told John Russo of Gio.

“I feel he understands that he has the power to have a much more significant impact on the world in general. Whether it is his charity work or sitting on the ATP player council for so many years, he utilizes the sport and his popularity to impact as many lives as he can positively.”

 

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Interestingly, Federer continues to passionately contribute to the sport even at the age of 40. That’s why he would have been the answer to this question for more than most tennis players on the Tour.

Watch this story: How Roger Federer Became Roger Federer–the Story of the Swiss Maestro

What’s next for Berrettini on the tennis tour?

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As for now, Berrettini hasn’t returned to the Tour after his Indian Wells 2021 loss. But in no time, he will be back with his eyes on this year’s ATP Finals in Turin.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini celebrates during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Toby Melville

On the other side, Federer has decided to undergo third right knee surgery and hopes to return next year. Given his enthusiasm, it remains clear how much the sport means to him.

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Conclusively, the legacy of the Swiss maestro will continue long after he has hung his tennis racquet. Let’s hope that the new generation of players will follow his example and keep tennis rising ahead.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior 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 1000 tennis articles.

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