Roger Federer is a name that doesn’t need any introduction. While being considered the GOAT of tennis, he is loved and cherished by millions of tennis fans worldwide.
Despite achieving all the big success in his celebrated career, the Swiss tennis legend is yet to enter into the good books of the Mexican Open tournament director Raul Zurutuza.
“That story of Roger (Federer) who never came to Mexico because of the Dubai issue, I hope it will never be repeated with another player”, the Acapulco boss said while addressing a pre-event press conference.
Since 2017, the World No. 6 player skips the entire clay-court season to help himself get into the right shape for the Wimbledon championship. Going by the same approach, he continuously missed other events like the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships in the UAE and Mexican Open in Acapulco.
Speaking of the year 2021, Federer returned to Qatar open last week after missing out on action for 13 months. Still, given his defeat in the second round, he decided to skip the Dubai event to focus entirely on his training regimen.
This is not the first time the Swiss legend faces the heat from the Mexican open organizers. Even in 2017, he faced flak from the event organizers for skipping the most famous tennis competition in Mexico.
Roger Federer and his uncanny affair with controversies
Roger Federer comes as one of those few players that rarely find their name amid a controversy. Still, there are times when this Swiss Tennis ace found himself caught in some unlikely off-court debates and disputes.
In 2015, the Swiss maestro drew his Pakistani fans’ criticism while supporting their arch-rivals India during a world cup cricket semi-final match. Federer triggered the controversy while tweeting his picture in a blue jersey( Team India outfit ).
Thousands of Pakistani fans stormed into Federer’s Twitter handle to express their disappointment about the whole gesture.
Federer then got targeted by Boris Becker, a tennis legend, for all the big hype around his name. As per Becker, Federer only cashed on his brand image and would not be making enough if he were to be genuinely adjudged by his character.
Becker made this claim while discussing Djokovic and Federer’s relationship in his book: “Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England Club”.
The allegation, however, didn’t receive any attention from King Roger. Besides, he shut it off by calling it a mere ‘gimmick’ to increase book sales.
Adding another incident to the list, the Swiss tennis ace once wore a pair of white and silver Vapor 9 Tours with a vibrant orange sole in the 2013 Wimbledon championship. The act didn’t go well with the event organizers, and they claimed that the shoe sported too many orange colours on it.
It went against the All England club’s rule of dressing in almost entirely white while playing at the grass-court. Besides, Federer crashed out of the same Wimbledon championship after facing a second-round defeat.
Roger Federer’s legacy stands nice and strong!
Regardless of how many controversies Federer became a part of, we cannot doubt his dominance inside the tennis court. He has returned to the court after getting through a list of injuries recently.
He wants to make himself up and ready before the big tournament at the All England Club later this year. So, it would be unjust to bring him into a bad light just for skipping a single tournament or championship.
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