WATCH: Roger Federer Delights a Track Athlete on Her Special Day

Published 09/20/2021, 6:23 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


Swiss track athlete, Lea Sprunger, has recently announced her retirement. The 31-year-old hails from the land of Roger Federer and has won many laurels for her nation. Thus, it is a tough time for her as she is bidding goodbye to her fans.

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In a recent interview to Blick, Lea Sprunger admitted that the biggest disappointment in her career was that she was not able to meet Roger Federer. She reflected that even though the 20-time Grand Slam champion is an inspiration for him, she hasn’t met him.

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

“And then there is also a Swiss answer: Roger Federer. But you know what? I’ve never met him, it’s the biggest disappointment of my career,” said Sprunger in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Across her career, Lea Sprunger, won the Gold medal in 400m hurdle at the 2018 Berlin European Championships. Later, she even won the Gold in the 400m at the 2019 Glasgow European Indoor championships. She also finished third and grabbed a Bronze in the 400m hurdle at the 2016 Amsterdam European Championships.

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Roger Federer surprises Lea Sprunger

After the news of her retirement broke in, Federer decided to congratulate Sprunger on her marvellous career in his own style. He recorded a beautiful message for her and later delivered it to her via a phone.

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Sprunger was in complete shock and couldn’t control her emotions after watching the Swiss Maestro. It was not less than a dream girl moment for the 31-year-old and she became very cheerful after watching his idol.

Roger Federer is currently undergoing a knee surgery as thus, ended his 2021 season with immediate effect. It is his third knee surgery and fans hope that he recover soon and makes an incredible comeback on the court next season. Will he be able to win his 21st Grand Slam title in 2022?

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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 500 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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