Wimbledon 2022: Roger Federer was spotted at SW19 as the championship gears up to celebrate 100 years of Center Court.
Federer back at Wimbledon as the championship celebrates center court centenary (AP Photo)
- Federer as seen at SW19 on Sunday
- The tennis great dressed in a black suit after returning to Wimbledon
- Wimbledon celebrates 100 years of Center Court on Sunday
Roger Federer was back at Wimbledon as the 20-time Grand Slam champion was seen at SW19 on Sunday, 3 July. Federer was present at the championship, which celebrates Center Court’s 100th year with a grand ceremony on Day 7. Ongoing Grass-court Grand Slam.
Roger Federer was seen wearing a black suit and a black suit with security officers at SW19 in London. Federer looked stoic as he caught the attention of fans and shutterbugs at Wimbledon. Notably, Federer last played competitive tennis last year at Wimbledon when he was knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Wimbledon’s celebration of the centenary of Center Court will include a look back at some of the iconic moments from the past with former champions and big names on the occasion. A new tradition of playing on the middle Sundays of the tournament was introduced this year.
The Wimbledon site is set for expansion in the coming years following the purchase of the adjacent Wimbledon Park Golf Club by the All England Club, where a new show court will be located.
In particular, school children have been asked to imagine what the center’s court will look like in 100 years’ time, according to the AFP news agency.
Center Court opened in 1922, but was not welcomed by some, calling it the ‘White Elephant’ because of concerns apparently over filling the 15,000-seat stadium.
Wimbledon communications and marketing director Alexandra Willis had highlighted how the court’s perception of the center has changed over the years.
“It was described as this white elephant,” Willis said on Friday. “How on earth will the club fill it? How on earth will tennis ever be so popular that you’ll welcome so many people?”
“And apparently we are here after 100 years and this amazing stadium is 100 years old. It has become one of the sport’s most iconic landmarks,” Willis said.
On Sunday, local hope Heather Watson will take center court action when she takes on Germany’s Joule Niemer in the women’s singles third round.
Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz will be in action next when he takes on in-form Janic Sinar in what is expected to be a potential blockbuster.
On Sunday, defending champion Novak Djokovic will face Tim van Rijnthoven in the final on Center Court.