The Most Embarassing Moment of Roger Federer’s Career at Wimbledon Championships

Published 06/24/2021, 7:46 AM EDT
LONDON – JULY 08: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy as he celebrates victory following the Men’s Singles final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2007 in London, England. Roger Federer claims his fifth consecutive championship title. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


Embarrassing moments happen even to the greatest players in history. Going down memory lane, an amusing yet embarrassing incident occurred with Roger Federer at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships.

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Having beaten his arch-nemesis, Rafael Nadal, in an epic five-set final, Federer clinched his fifth straight Wimbledon trophy in 2007. Before the presentation ceremony, the fashionable tennis star changed into a stylish all-white suit.

LONDON – JULY 08: Roger Federer of Switzerland parades the trophy as he celebrates victory following the Men’s Singles final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2007, in London, England. Roger Federer claims his fifth consecutive championship title. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Swiss Maestro wore the classic suit as he thought it would look iconic while holding the golden trophy in his hands. However, moments later he found himself in an awkward situation.

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What Embarrassing Thing Did Roger Federer Do?

As Federer walked on the court to receive the trophy, with the crowd thunderously applauding, he tried to slip his hands into the pocket only to realize he had worn the pants backward.

Standing in front of the crowds with his trousers dressed backward, Federer referred to it as “A classic, funny, most embarrassing moment of my tennis career.”

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“I went to receive the trophy, and as I walk down, I’m a bit nervous, and as I put my hands in my pockets, I realize that the pockets are going backward, I was like, ‘It’s too late! I can’t change them anymore!'” said Federer. 

Despite Federer trying to cover it up, the eagle-eyed British photographers went wild when they saw his trousers zipper at the back. However, the then 25-year-old beamed and waved at the alluring Wimbledon crowd to celebrate his 5th title at the All England Club.

Since then Federer has won three more trophies at Wimbledon, making him the most successful man in Wimbledon’s history. Currently, Federer shares the record of most Grand Slam trophies won with Nadal standing at 20 major championship titles while Novak Djokovic is one short at 19.

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As the 2021 Wimbledon Championships are about to begin, the tennis fans eagerly wait to witness the elegant shot-making of Federer as he eyes to become a nine-time champion.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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