“Made Wheelchair Tennis Really Popular”: Roger Federer on 4-Time Paralympic Gold Medalist

Published 08/23/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
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


Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has been one of the most successful players in the modern era. He was the first male singles player to reach the milestone of winning 20 Grand Slam titles. Over the years, he has impressed and won the hearts of many fans from all over the globe. 

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Recently, a clip surfaced of Roger Federer. In the clip, he was praising former Dutch tennis star Esther Vergeer. She was a wheelchair player who is by far one of the most successful tennis players of all time. She has managed to win 48 Grand Slam titles in her career. 

2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

In her career, Esther has health with various injuries and some of them were as serious as brain hemorrhage. However, the manner in which she has fought all those obstacles and emerged as a true champion is remarkable. Federer commented on her contribution and stated, “She’s made wheelchair tennis really popular through her success and domination. That opens the door for other players to do many things.”

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Roger Federer returned to action after a year

Coming on to tennis, Federer began his season after the Australian Open. He played his first competitive event in Doha after more than a year. He was on the sidelines, as he had to undergo two knee surgeries. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

After Doha, he played on the clay courts of Geneva. He suffered an opening-round exit. Later, he competed at the French Open and made it to the second week only to withdraw before his fourth-round match. He withdrew because the matches were getting intense and he was playing at the highest level without much match practice. 

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Roger had a disappointing result at the Wimbledon Championship, losing in the quarterfinal. He has decided to end his season and undergo another knee surgery. We hope to see him compete on the Tour once again. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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